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As Christmas Nears, Bargain Hunters Are Out In Full Force

CANOGA PARK (CBS) — With seven shopping days left before Christmas, retailers are pulling out all the stops to draw in buyers.

"People are shopping smartly this year. They're actually price checking everywhere," said Zach Shaikh.

This week, the National Retail Federation upped its holiday forecast to a 3.8 percent increase over last year's -- predicting record sales of almost $470 billion this season.

At Westfield Topanga, where a "Favorite Things" promotion is set to take place, red sale signs are popping up all over as retailers are trying to draw in the crowds.

The endorsement, which begins Dec. 19 through Dec. 23, aims to draw in customers with a prize giveaway planned twice a day at random times.

It's been said that Dec. 15 through Dec. 25 is the crux of the holiday shopping season with 40 percent of holiday sales taking place.

Meantime, with Monday and Tuesday being projected as the busiest mailing dates of the year, some post offices have opened their doors Sunday to assist holiday shippers.

According to the United States Postal Service, the following locations are scheduled to remain open through 4 p.m.:

Los Angeles County:
28201 Franklin Parkway, Castaic/Santa Clarita area;
15421 E. Gale Avenue, City of Industry:
2300 Redondo Avenue, Long Beach:
600 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena;
2510 Monterey Street, Torrance;
9029 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles (8 a.m.- 9p.m.).

San Bernardino County:
10950 Arrow Route, Rancho Cucamonga;
390 W. 5th Street, San Bernardino.

Orange County:
15642 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine;
29911 Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel;
3101 W. Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana.

Riverside County:
4150 Chicago Avenue, Riverside Main Office;
10275 Hole Avenue, Arlington Station.

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