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Braving the early morning cold and darkness, Black Friday shoppers huddle by the front doors of Shopko shortly before 5 am while visions of sales did dance in their heads. Doors opened at 5 am and the holiday shopping season officially began with the hope that merchants would be offering big enough sales to entice cautious consumers to put their currency back into the flow of the economy. November 28, 2008

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