How holiday shoppers can try to avoid late gifts, scams

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The holiday shopping rush is officially on and the turkey hasn’t even thawed yet in the fridge for Thanksgiving.

We’re just two weeks away before Black Friday and many big stores, like Macy’s and Walmart, are already flooding us with many after-Thanksgiving deals online.

From the looks of things, many people are already stocking up.

On a quick trip to Target late one Saturday night in early November, I spotted a shopper who had loaded up her cart with a massive box containing an artificial Christmas tree, a giant wheel of outside lights and other holiday trinkets.

Yep, just a week after Halloween, and even more shoppers milled about the holiday section at the back of the store that night, picking up ornaments and other decorations.

What’s the rush, one might wonder? It’s twofold: Many people want to bring the holidays back with a vengeance after the pathetic, scaled-down celebrations of 2020. At the same time, we’ve got all those scary…

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