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Stores aim to end year in the black after poor sales

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Its being called the worst holiday shopping season since the economy tanked four years ago.

So why are there so many shoppers still out and about in our area? Some customers cited bad weather, the looming fiscal cliff, and not being satisfied as reasons for poor sales. 

"Its kind of like a roller coaster. You get times when people are broke and they spend all their money and then you got the people that want to return the stuff to get money," Cook said. 

"We haven't seen that at Best Buy, at least from us. We have sold everything we have in stock. We have been out of the iPads, we all don't seem to have any issues as far as sales," Sara Owens said.  

"Everybody is coming back to return Santa's gifts, we've had a lot of exchanges but we can pair people with the right product," Owens added. 

After Christmas, stores makes up about 15% of the season's sales. There are still a few days left to get that extra boost to get back in the black. But, despite seeing tons of people out this holiday season, Betty Thomas believes people simply just don't have the money to spend.

"It might be the worse because of the recession, we haven't made the money that we were supposed to make so we can't attempt to buy stuff," Thomas said.  

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