December 26, 2013 - 2:30 PM
PENTICTON - Finding friends was easier than finding huge deals this Boxing Day.
The London Drugs electronic section, in the Cherry Lane Mall, was crammed with those looking for smaller items and those catching up with family. People appeared to glance at the big flatscreens but more were focused on asking about accessories and tablets.
Manager Colin Campbell said business was slow this morning as people were still waking up. As for hot ticket items he said smart phones were the best-selling device this holiday season. As for online shopping competing with brick-and-mortar operations Campbell said the two are one in the same where he works.
"I think it's a compliment to the online service with the in-store services that we have," he said. "We like to think of all of it as one."
Paul Beaulieu and Maxwell Vautour of Penticton were looking for anything "techy" to catch their eye. The two were out at the stores to see what was going on rather than elbowing someone in the face for a large television.
Other than London Drugs being filled shoulder-to-shoulder the only other packed operation was Electronic Boutique. Game stores are typically packed at Christmas time and the same was true today. A store staffer acted as a bouncer keeping track of how many people were allowed into the store at any one time.
Teenager Amrineer Gondera was in line to pick up Call of Duty: Ghosts for his Xbox 360 while a store manager said the game of choice was Battlefield 4. Over at The Source the number one item being asked for was a PlayStation 4 but they were all out of the new console.
Peoples Jewelers had business on Boxing Day, though they didn't have big sales. Most customers were coming in to have their Christmas-gifted watches and rings modified for their wrists and fingers.
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A thick crowd gathers around this employee cash register fortress at London Drugs at the Cherry Lane Mall today.
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