MOULTRIE --For once, customers experienced the joy of paying exactly what was on the price tags.

Shoppers turned out in full force during the Shop Georgia! tax holiday held this weekend.

While retailers agree that they were plenty busy, not all believe the tax holiday was the cause.

"We were busy," said Clinton Gay, manager of Moore's Department Store. "But not any more than usual for the day before Easter."

Moore's did see an increase over last year's pre-Easter sales, but only a small percent of that increase occurred on Friday and Saturday, the two days affected by the tax holiday.

Sara Johnson, manager of It's Fashion, disagreed. She believes that the tax holiday attracted shoppers.

"We had a lot of people buying casual clothes, not Easter-type outfits," she said.

Charles Willey, public information director with the Georgia Department of Revenue, said that the tax holiday "accomplished what it was meant to do -- get people back into the stores."

"According to our observations, traffic appeared to increase significantly in most stores," Willey added.

During the next few months, the Department of Revenue will evaluate the system and make any necessary changes.

Gay and Johnson agreed that things went relatively smooth during the two days.

"We didn't have any problems," said Johnson. "Everything went okay."

Moore's sales associates noted that many customers seemed surprised at the savings.

"When we totaled their purchases, they seemed surprised," said Gay. "A lot them said, 'Oh, that's right. There's no tax today.'"

During the tax holiday, shoppers saved money when purchasing clothing and footwear priced at less than $100, school supplies and computers.

The state has another tax holiday scheduled for Aug. 2-3, just in time for back-to-school shopping.



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