Black Friday is famous for door buster sales and crazy deals, but Americans are not
the only ones who enjoy the penny pinching day. As our Rachael Paradis tells us, our Canadian neighbors love to drive across the border to reap the benefits, on a day that doesn't happen up North.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- For the brave who step out on Black Friday, shopping is serious business, especially if it means crossing the border.
Roberta Macdonald of Ontario said, "We don't really have anything big for sales."
Roberta Macdonald has come down to the states with her friends and shopped through the last 6 Black Fridays. She arrived in Watertown Thursday night at 8, and her shopping started three hours later. Even with a 90 minutes of driving and endless hours without sleep, she says the shopping trip is worth it.
"Well just on the TV alone I saved $200," she said. " Yeah, we save an average of $600 from everything we buy."
The Canadians who come down don't just enjoy the sales, but sales tax is also cheaper and their dollar exchange is close to ours.
Macdonald is not alone, along with Canadian license plates lining the parking the lot, proof is in local hospitality.
Holiday Inn Express General Manager Charlotte Waterton said, "We are fully occupied. I would say about 85 percent of our rooms are occupied with shoppers. We started to book up to three to four weeks ago and we started to notice a lot of them were Canadian, from Bellville to Ottawa."
But for many of the Canadians who venture out on this famous shopping day the crazy weekend isn't just about the crazy savings; it's about time away with friends and having something different.
Macdonald said, "Hollister is one we like. We don't have a K-Mart believe it or not. We don't have a Target, things like that, and we don't have a Bon-Ton."
Waterton said, "They seem to really like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Kohl's, and Target."
And it's that difference that keeps Macdonald and her friends coming back year after year.