MA Shoppers take advantage of tax-free weekend

By Dana Griffin

SEEKONK, MA- Shoppers flocked to Massachusetts today to take part in tax–free weekend.

From looking at the parking lot at a Seekonk shopping center, you'd think it was Black Friday.

“I call it controlled chaos. It's something that we're used to,” said Best Buy store manager, Shaun Read.

For the past nine years, the state has spared shoppers from paying that now 6.25% on their purchases.

Read says, “Anything's gonna help stimulate the economy. I think everyone wants to save a little bit here and there, so if you're gonna get tax off your items, I think that's a positive spin for anybody that's buying in the retail business.”

Rhode Islanders got in on the savings too.

“We could have gone last weekend, but knowing that the tax–free sale is this weekend, we took advantage of it,” said Warwick resident, Terri Carberry.

For Sara Lorenz, it's just in time for back to school.

“I'm moving into a new apartment on campus so we need to get everything for our new kitchen. It was a big advantage. I saved a lot of money. I made sure to get everything in one fell swoop so I could save as much as I could.”

At Best Buy, TVs have been the must–have items so far this weekend.

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