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Shoppers go crazy for stores ringing in the after-Christmas sales

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Just like “Black Friday” started earlier this year, stores are ringing in the after-Christmas sales early too.

Some opened as early as 5:00 a.m. this morning!

And some of the deals are so big, you might just need a sleigh to get all of your goodies home.

Some store like Wal-Mart and Kohl’s opened their doors as early as 5:00 a.m. this morning.

According to DealNews, you’ll get the best bang for your buck on clothing, brand name HD-TVs and holiday treats and decor. “Discounts will definitely be deep this week. But what you’re getting are leftovers. You can guarantee that you’ll see some 70-75% off discounts on wrapping paper and Christmas tree trinkets.”

The big sales aren’t just in stores, retailers like Amazon, Old-Navy and Saks Fifth Avenue are amping up their day after Christmas sales on the web, in hopes of cashing in on your holiday cheer.

Experts say, the 26th is also a big day for gift-cards.

“Gift cards for 7 years in a row now have been the most requested item. We’re actually expecting gift cards to bring about $28 billion once they’ve all been redeemed”, says Kathy Grannis from National Retail Federation.

And for those lugging around that sack of returns, here’s some advice from consumer reports:

Make sure to read your receipt’s fine print for the exact return window and to see if you can get an extension on holiday gifts.

Be on the lookout for re-stocking fees.

And keep in mind that some items like video games, and movies can’t be returned once you have opened them.