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07/29/03

Retailers, Shoppers Prepare for Tax Holiday

Retailers are getting ready for one of the largest shopping weekends of the year, the tax-free weekend. In Bluffton today, local retailers are stocking their shelves in preparation. It's a shopping weekend so big, many retailers compare it with Black Friday.

"Last year we were slammed," said retailer Christina Colleran. "We made a lot of money."

Not only do retailers plan on making a lot of money, but this is a weekend shoppers plan on getting the most bang for their buck. Shopper Minnie Murray said her family is "waiting for the tax-free weekend to buy most of our stuff."

With school right around the corner, many shoppers say this extra savings really helps out.

"I think it's just a great time because all the money you save, you can use it on something else right," Murray said.

Shoppers will likely save more than the five percent on their purchases this weekend because many stores are offering promotions on top of the tax holiday. Although many shop the tax-free weekend to save a few bucks, others say it's just not worth the hassle.

"I came early because this weekend," said shopper Karen Jones. "I know there'll be hoards of people, big crowds, and long lines, and I prefer just to get it over early instead of fighting the crowds."

Last year, the State of South Carolina lost about $3 million in taxes during the big weekend. South Carolina's tax-free weekend begins this Friday and runs through Sunday. In Georgia, it starts a day early, Thursday, and also runs through Sunday.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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