Holiday Shopping

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At dawn, they shopped. Bargain-hunters woke up bright and early across Southern Colorado to head to stores and malls as the holiday shopping season "officially" got underway.

They were hoping to take advantage of early-bird specials on hot toys and electronic items like DVD players.

In a scene that played out across the country, dozens of people
lined up at a Best Buy in Colorado Springs, before the
electronics store opened its doors.

Despite the crowds that showed up for the specials, analysts think consumers will be tight-fisted this year.

The nation's largest merchants have protected themselves with lean inventories so they won't have mounds of leftovers on Dec. 26, but stores might also have the opposite problem, finding themselves with not enough merchandise if consumers decide to splurge.