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    Shopping Hordes Pack 'Mega Monday'

    Early shoppers rush into a North Little Rock, Ark., Sears store early Friday, Nov. 25, 2011.   Black Friday began in earnest as stores opened their doors at midnight (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

    Danny Johnston / FILE / AP Photo

    Hold off a few days before returning Christmas gifts, if you don’t like crowds: Monday will be the third-busiest shopping day of the year, says the Los Angeles Times. Because December 26 is a Monday (for the first time in six years), store traffic could rise 60 percent over last year. The LA Times says not to expect fire-sale prices, however, since retailers did a good job this year of clearing holiday merchandise in the weeks after Thanksgiving, but many retailers did offer steep discounts. "It was a stampede at 8 a.m.," a Boston-area told Reuters about her trip to Saks. 

    Read it at Los Angeles Times