Nightly News   |  December 21, 2013

Shoppers hunt for deals days before Christmas

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and all through the stores, last-minute shopping consumers search for deals. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>> weekend before christmas. one more thick to worry about in a season that was shorter than usual. our reporter on this from carrie sanders in south florida .

>> reporter: for some entering this frey is like a sport.

>> a little stressful.

>> i'm a prokrast at this nator at hearth and i do everything last minute.

>> reporter: those who don't pro crass at this nate had less time to buy this year. because thanks giving fell later this this year's calendar, there were six fewer shopping days. forrester estimation 167 million americans will shop online. the average person will spend $472. if you waited until now, you missed most free shipping offers. amazon will still ship overnight but now you have to pay for it.

>> consumers are more likely to shop in store this weekend simply because they don't want to have to worry that their packages won't arrive on time.

>> reporter: struggling retailers sears has tried to keep pace with internet sales . sears still only gets 3% of its $40 billion in revenues online. traditional brick and mortar stores say they offer an advantage this close to christmas. shop online and pick it up at the store. no overnight shipping costs involved.

>> so we're prepared to actually process orders pretty much every hour that the store is open.

>> reporter: meantime, at target everything in the store was discounted 10% today, an attempt by the company to win back customers. target disclosed someone hacked its computers and stole credit and debit card information belonging to some 40 mill customers. it's saying it's sold on the black market .

>> it's easy to get your bill and pay it but you have to pay attention to the bills that you're getting.

>> reporter: some banks report that they have now increased the monitoring of credit card and debit card transactions so if you go to use your card and it doesn't work, it may be that they've spotted your information was cloned and they've turned off your card discovering that before you even