12/26/2014 09:40 EST | Updated 02/25/2015 05:59 EST

Boxing Day bargain hunters head out as stores open early

Bargain hunters are on the prowl at malls today for Boxing Day sales.

Those looking to buy the present they didn't get, unload gift cards or simply shop for the sake of shopping will be out spending on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

And merchants are opening early to accommodate them. Some Futureshop stores including the Robson Street location in Vancouver opened at 6 a.m. PT. and shoppers at Best Buy at Metrotown in Burnaby were lined up for the 6 a.m. PT opening there.

Most major Lower Mainland malls including Metrotown, Oakridge, Pacific Centre, Richmond Center, Park Royal, Guildford Towne Centre and Coquitlam Towne Centre are all opening at 8 a.m. PT.  with most other malls and stores opening at 9 a.m. PT.

And, some online sellers including Amazon and Future Shop have already rolled out their Boxing Day deals.

A online survey commissioned by cash-back shopping site found that about 40 per cent of Canadians plan to shop on Boxing Day.

The Retail Council of Canada has said holiday promotions are like a marathon, not a sprint, as many stores also take part in earlier Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.