Tax-free holiday brings shoppers to South Carolina

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November 24, 2006

The big discounts, as usual, kept stores full today...and a sales tax break in South Carolina had shoppers in Georgia crossing the river.

News 12's Jonathan Martin spent the day at Aiken Mall to see how shoppers were cashing in on the savings.

It's pretty much a given: on Black Friday, the stores are going to be packed. And when you add in deep discounts and a tax break in South Carolina, the crowds are really going to come.

Shoppers could barely blink without looking at a sale sign or a tax free sign. This weekend in South Carolina, there was no five percent state sales tax for two days.

It's an opportune time to shop...but plan to carry plenty of patience.

"Woo, chaos," said shopper Deborah Moore. "Traffic was heavy. They don't bother me. I love shopping.

It's enough of an incentive to bring out the shopper in someone like Paul Simons.

He says he's not a shopper, but he says with a wife who counts on his advice, tagging along today may keep him from coming back tomorrow.

"She'll take it back if I say I don't like it," he said. "She'll bring it back again. That's the reason I'm here."

"I'm going to get some lunch and shop, shop, shop," Deborah said.

The deals are a big win for shoppers and stores alike.

Here's one tax saving you might not think about. How about car shopping?

If you buy a $20,000 car, that's $1000 you can save without the state sales tax.