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Black Friday in Vancouver generates few signs of panic

11/28/2014 11:55 EST | Updated 01/28/2015 05:59 EST
There were no anxious line-ups, no rushing crowds and few signs of consumer panic for Black Friday sales in Metro Vancouver this morning.

Instead most stores that did open early for Black Friday saw a handful of shoppers walk through the doors looking to check out the deals.

One of the longer lines was at the H&M store at Metrotown Mall, which was offering up to $300 off for the first 200 customers.

On Vancouver's Robson Street a handful of people camped out to buy the latest Air Jordan basketball shoes — at the full price of $230. Further down the street about seven people lined up at the Old Navy outlet.

South of the border it was a different scene, with many Canadian shoppers heading to retailers in Bellingham on Thursday night, despite the sinking value of the Canadian dollar.

In recent years Black Friday has become a global phenomenon, and this year panicked shoppers in the U.K. tumbled over each other in their rush for deals.

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