Mass. shoppers out in force on Black Friday

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(AP) — Black Friday has kicked off the holiday shopping season in Massachusetts after thousands of shoppers lined up in freezing overnight temperatures and others got up early to snag the best bargains.

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Massachusetts residents said Friday they are shopping smarter this year, sniffing out great bargains online and doing a lot more comparison shopping.

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Thirty-one-year-old Kala Gurung of Watertown plans to spend just over $500 on holiday shopping. She says she's seen more deals this year.

Still, some shoppers are unhappy that Black Friday openings are creeping closer to Thanksgiving Day.

Lizzy Casanave of Arlington and Author Hillary Spector of Newton said on separate occasions that they are unhappy that retailers are turning to "Super Thursday."

Spector plans to spend up to $500, including on designer handbags for her two daughters.