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Black Friday had some Costa Rica shoppers in line since last night

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November 23rd, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) Not wanting to lose out on possibly the lowest shopping prices of the year, some shoppers began forming a line at the Multiplaza shopping mall last night, in a scene that would seem to indicate that the U.S.-born shopping tradition is here to stay.

 

Retailers in Costa Rica began adopting the American tradition of “Black Friday,” about 2 years ago.

 

Some of the most sought after offers are those for tech and electronic items.

 

For example, a 46-inch LCD television that regularly sells for up to 1.8 million colons can be had for 500,000 colons, or a camera that normally retails for 165,000 colons on sale for 49,000.

 

All types of retailers are getting in on the action this year, from clothing stores to supermarkets, with discounts ranging from 15% to 70%.

 

Most retailers opened earlier than normal this morning, and many will have extended hours today, staying open until midnight in some cases.

 

Transit police will be on site near major shopping centers to keep traffic moving smoothly, as an increase in vehicle traffic is expected.

 

Some 100,000 vehicles are expected to make their way to the Escazu area via the Caldera Highway, where major shopping centers like Multiplaza are located. Autopistas del Sol, which collects tolls in the highway, says they will have additional staff on duty today to keep traffic running as smoothly as possible.

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