Bargains to die for

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Retailers can't wait for Thanksgiving—to end. That's because the next day—better known as “Black Friday”—kicks off the holiday buying season. For many vendors, this is the make-it-or-break-it part of their annual sales cycle. Unfortunately, the buying frenzy has also made Black Friday a somewhat dangerous time to shop. Two years ago, a worker at a Walmart in New York was trampled to death when a wall of shoppers rushed in through the doors. Since then, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Retail Federation have taken several steps to prevent accidents like it from repeating. OSHA sent a letter this year to 14 major retailers nationwide reminding them to consider the safety of employees and customers. So have fun making those holiday purchases. But be careful too.