Black Friday

83% Say They Have Already Started Holiday Shopping. Have You?

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The holiday shopping season is here amid supply chain disruptions and high gas prices. but deals are out there. NBC 6’s Julie Leonardi has the latest on Black Friday.

Major retailers closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Now Americans are gearing up for Black Friday.

Dolphin Mall will open at 9 a.m. and stay open until midnight

Sawgrass Mills will open as early as 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m.

Dadeland also opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m.

Aventura will open at 8 a.m. and stay open until 9 p.m.

As retailers try to capture your spending coming off a tough pandemic, projected sales on Black Friday are expected to go up.

According to RetailMeNot, 83 percent of shoppers say they’ve already started shopping before Thanksgiving and consumers plan to spend almost $900 more this season compared to this time last year.

“Everything we are buying this year is 75% in person, 25% online,” one shopper said.

The hunt for deals comes as a clogged supply chain continues to trigger major delays on some popular gifts, motivating some shoppers to get going early.

"This year you have be careful about shopping as early as you possibly can. You want to be more concerned about being able to get the right gift when it’s available and potentially less about the price," Courtney Regan, CNBC senior retail reporter said.

Supply chain issues have been an ongoing issue and getting products to the stores has been a challenge, causing shortages at retailers like gap and nordstrom rack.

"So that doesn’t mean when you walk into a store it can be empty, but when you’re ready to buy a TV or a laptop, you may not find the model you want. The selection will be limited," Regan said.

With so much pent up demand, shoppers should expect to see weaker than usual discounts this weekend driven by supply chain issues and retailers having to pay more to get products on their shelves.

“We’re seeing discounts in the range of five to 25 percent this season and that's different from previous seasons when they've gone down as much as 10 to 30 percent,” Vivek Pandya of Adobe Insights said.

“The best week for discounts will be from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.”