Black Friday frenzy moves beyond malls to auto showrooms


Despite the weak economy, many shoppers will be out in full force on Black Friday to take advantage of bargains that -- like Santa Claus -- appear only once a year. So, on this holiest of shopping days, be prepared for lots of traffic and long lines -- unless you set your sights on an automobile showroom rather than the local mall.

With consumers' tastes more geared toward purchasing a new TV, computer or other trendy electronic device, foot traffic is notoriously light at new-car dealerships at this time of year. And that appears to work to the advantage for those who don't mind spending the day after Thanksgiving haggling over the price of a shiny new ride rather than resting up after a big feast.