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Post-Holiday Shopping Rush Hits Stores

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Stores are expected to be crowded again Wednesday, the day after Christmas, filled with people taking advantage of post-holiday discounts and cashing in gift cards.

Wednesday got off to a slow start, but picked up later in the day at the Meijer store in Okemos. The store's director, Chris Wilson, says he thinks more people will come in throughout the week.

However, Wilson doesn't expect a lot of shoppers to return or exchange their items.

"Returns and exchanges are definitely not as big as they've been in year's past," says Wilson. "A lot of people buy gift cards and stuff like that for gifts, so people can pick out what they really want."

If you do plan to return an item, retailers say the best thing to do is bring the receipt and keep it in it's original packaging.

The Michigan Retailers Association is still waiting to see final numbers, but says the holiday shopping season started out strong. Overall, they think sales will be good across state, just not as good as expected.

That prediction goes in line with the Mastercard Advisors Spending Pulse Report. Analysts say holiday retail sales increased 0.7 percent this year compared to last year. That falls short of the 3 to 4 percent growth they expected. Experts say Super Storm Sandy and worries about the fiscal cliff could be to blame.   

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