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Too Early For Bargain Deals On Thursday

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Three out of four businesses are expecting an increase in sales this holiday season and they say it starts with the symbolic and sometimes chaotic "Black Friday", which is now a week away.

With stores having sales a day early, some are asking for a name change.

Whether you are looking to fill your living room or toy chest these holidays, you will be part of a rare shopping season.

"This is actually the longest period, the longest season you can have between Thanksgiving and Christmas," said Sr. Vice President of MRA Tom Scott.

The 2012 holiday season consists of 32 days and 5 weekends and it all starts in one week.

"Black Friday is going to be in July eventually if you keep this up," said Williamston resident Charles Johnson.

With some stores offering bargain deals on Thanksgiving day it has many wondering, how early is too early?

"It's family time, you should be home with your family enjoying a full tummy and company," said Okemos resident Nancy Smith.

And not shopping for bargains.

"It gives them a disadvantage, because they want to be spending time with your family, so you kind of have to pick and choose what's more important to you," said East Lansing resident Holly Krull.

To make it easier on their customers, Meijer is having their door-buster deals start at 6am Thursday and having them run throughout the day, they say it will make it easier and safer for their customers.

While Nancy Smith says that plan is reasonable, others say it's not a fool proof solution.

"I think it's just going to bring the crowd in earlier," Johnson said.

"I don't think it really helps anything, because it's either you get bombarded outside or inside," Krull said.

On a day that some believe, should be reserved for food and company, not shopping carts and bargain hunters.

Tom Scott from Michigan's Retailers Association says businesses could make even more money this season, if the government would pass the "Mainstreet Fairness Act, forcing out of state companies to pay sales tax for purchases online.

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