Hordes of Boxing Day bargain hunters flocked to Australia's top retailers before sunrise for this year's post Christmas sales
28 December, 2017, 01:02
The line between last-minute shopping for presents and the sales has never been so blurred.
The finder.com.au survey of 2017 respondents reveals more than one in four Australians (28%) plan on shopping on Boxing Day, lured by heavy discounts.
The traffic in the centre of Blenheim was close to a crawl at lunchtime on Boxing Day.
The unfortunate people who have to go to work today will be raging at the lack of some transport services.
"We're planning on going to Next after".
"Shoppers will be queueing from the early hours".
Thomas said the payment systems were coping well, despite the high volume of shoppers.
"If you know them well, you get them something that they will keep".
Janine, 58, said: "We come every year, but now it's quicker to do it online".
"We'd end up more corporate and less opportunity for small traders to actually take over the premises as they become available".
However, in the modern world, Boxing Day is primarily associated with the opening of gifts shared on Christmas Day.
"Some people now wait to spend until after Christmas, not before".
Only a handful of those asked said they planned to get up early for a sales bargain. It was a 1.9 per cent increase in spending on 2015.
"Christmas sales have defied expectation this year, rising by 5 per cent. To be fair it probably isn't different compared to other sales, I don't shop very often but when I do it's all good". People are so desperate to get the best bargains they won't wait until December 27. "I think specials used to be better though, I feel things used to be cheaper and everything is just a little bit more expensive now".
Whether you're at home or in store, before you hand over your credit card, do a quick Google and see whether you're getting the best Boxing Day deal.
As thousands of Aussie shoppers prepare to part with some serious spending money at the Boxing Day sales, others are looking to turn their Christmas haul into an easy payday.
"They don't do as much as they used to now, it used to be that all the shop was on sale and now it's about half".
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