The inside of Sears at the Galleria White Plains mall on Black Friday looked mostly the same as it has for the past few years. Yellow tags highlighted doorbuster sales. Rows of washers and dryers stood gleaming. Sparkling Christmas ornaments were on display.
But the glaring omission at 7:00 a.m., an hour after opening, were the shoppers.
"This place looks like a ghost town," noted Brandon Warkenthin, who made the trip to Sears in White Plains, New York, from the Bronx to check out deals on appliances. He rarely comes to Sears, often only on Black Friday.
"It was a waste to even come out," said Warkenthin, who was equally underwhelmed by the sales on other items. "They're not really changing the prices," he added.