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The 'Super Bowl' of shopping has begun

Shoppers began feasting on deals on Thanksgiving, but just how hungry they’ll remain is yet to be seen. Analysts have questioned whether Black Friday is losing its cachet as retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving. On Friday morning, the turnout was tame at some stores around the country. WTOP has your ultimate guide to the best sales and shopping strategies. Here’s how the start of the holiday shopping season is playing out.

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