Contra Costa Times 11/23/06 - Contra Costa Times
Black Friday's luster fading by Blanca Torres

Some retailers have been trying to lure shoppers into stores early this year to start holiday shopping, but for many shoppers, the kickoff date has been, is and always will be the day after Thanksgiving, or "Black Friday."

"I'm really not too impressed," said Karen Hoxmeier, a Southern California shopping expert who runs the site "I shop throughout the year, and the kind of stuff I find online could be a doorbuster on Black Friday..."