Shoppers surge stores for last minute Christmas gifts

By Jillian Marshall
By Kelly McCarthy

December 24, 2013 Updated Dec 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) People crowded local stores on Christmas Eve to get those last minute holiday gifts.

Every year the stores are packed with last minute shoppers and this year was no different. Many of the shoppers struggled to find a parking spot in front of some of those bigger stores.

"Mostly it's the traffic that gets me," said Cherie Jablonka of Vestal, "You know, red light after red light and long lines, it's like come on!"

Best Buy in Vestal had a full staff of workers on Tuesday in order to keep the lines short and the customers happy. General Manager Jason Kollbaum said the hot ticket items this Christmas are the PlayStation Four and Microsoft Xbox one.

"Everybody's time is valuable," Kollbaum said, "So everybody is looking to get in and out and get on to that next task."

As the countdown continued, last minute shoppers were feeling the pressure. Shoppers said they were hoping to find some of the most popular items on their wish list.

"I want to get in, get what I want, and get out," said Lesa Kaercher of Vestal.

Kollbaum said other popular last minute purchases are gift cards, especially if some of those big ticket items are sold out in stores.

Action News headed back to Best Buy at closing to catch up with those pushing the limit on getting their Christmas gifts.

Surprisingly, the store had quite a few shoppers heading in the store just before the doors locked.

Shoppers hustled through the store, but for David Baxter of Endicott, it was the only spare few minutes he had to get his parents a gift.

"I work out of town so if they could stay open a little later or maybe even open a little earlier on the weekends would be nice but, it's not bad today, good timing," Baxter said.

Best Buy closed at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and is closed on Christmas Day.