Smaller-than-usual crowds descend on malls on Boxing Day, shoppers say

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Shoppers closed stores Tuesday trying to get their hands on some Boxing Day on sales, but many say the malls don’t seem as crowded as people take to shopping from the ease of their own homes.

Boxing Day is still one of the busiest shopping days of the year as retailers note down b decrease down prices to attract customers on the day after Christmas. Many stockpiles threw open their doors early to attract the keenest shoppers. Autos lined the roads around Bayshore Shopping Centre and Tanger Way outs in the city’s west end as holiday shoppers tried to take advantage of transaction marked downs.

Tanger Mall Road

A lineup of cars could be seen heading toward Tanger Shops in Ottawa Tuesday afternoon. (Raphael Tremblay/Radio-Canada)

The Best Buy on Coventry Means in Ottawa’s east end saw customers lining up two hours before it opened at 6 a.m., according to Sid Uppal, the stow away’s general manager, adding he often sees more customers on Battling Day than other times of the year, including Black Friday because people should prefer to Boxing Day off.

Online shopping booming, Retail Council says

Eric Arsenault

Eric Arsenault a close by a Best Buy to buy a new computer and says the store wasn’t as busy as he expected. (Patrick Louiseize/CBC)

At any rate, a number of shoppers believed the crowds weren’t as big as other years.

“It’s go to ones rewarded down recently, past couple years it was like ridiculous,” said Dany Dakdouki, who realized a home theatre system for his new apartment. “I remember getting up at 5 a.m. to get something at Most appropriate Buy but now it’s like a lot less intense.”

He said online shopping is the reason behind the lessening crowds.

‘I think in some cases you can get the same deal you get at the store online, so why drive you go to the store?’ – Taewan Kim, who was shopping at the Rideau Centre on Boxing Day as part of a dearest tradition

“You just wake up in the morning, go on Amazon and you buy whatever you need or you honest go [to] Best Buy.ca and get whatever you need.”

Taewan Kim agreed. It’s a family tradition for him and his spouse to shop on Boxing Day because it’s her birthday, but said he thinks the deals aren’t as reliable as they used to be and he didn’t notice as many lineups as in past years.

“I call to mind a consider in some cases you can get the same deal you get at the store online, so why would you go to the market?”

Eric Arsenault woke up early to buy a desktop computer in store, but on the other hand because he wanted to set it up the same day instead of waiting for it to be delivered.

“I think it’s interchanging so rapidly nowadays,” he said.

Online shopping is growing by the double digits, responded Michael LeBlanc, a retail advisor with the Retail Council of Canada.

“Profuse people are shopping online. They’re staying at home being contented on a chilly day,” he said, but added that in-person shopping is still the ruling way people make purchases. He attributed that staying power to “old-fashioned lofty customer service” and the fact malls have invested in the shopping circumstance..

Helping those in need

Glad and Jesse Omage

Instead of shopping Glad Omage and her son, Jesse, out Boxing Day handing out gifts to those less fortunate. (Patrick Louiseize/CBC)

Contented Omage and her son, Jesse, braved the Rideau Centre, not to take advantage of the sales events, but to spread some holiday cheer to those in need.

“We’ve got a lot this year and we due want to give [back] because we’ve been so grateful for what we’ve had,” powered Glad, who was handing out soaps, food and gift cards.

“Most of them are actually happy and some even shed tears. It’s really rewarding. I impartial feel it’s the best way to spend my Boxing Day instead of getting those donations that you don’t need, give it to those that need it.”

She said her extraction has been handing out gifts for the last three years to help inculcate her children about those who are less fortunate and may not have a roof past their heads or enough food to eat.

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