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Holiday Shopping May Be Pricier This Year

UPS to raise fees for retailers during busy weeks

(Newser) - If you’re not one of those rare birds who finishes their holiday shopping in summer, you might want to consider becoming one. As the Wall Street Journal reports, shoppers might see an increase in prices or shipping fees when the holiday rush comes around. Why? UPS announced Monday that... More »

People Donated $100K to Dig a Meaningless Hole

Cards Against Humanity launches another Black Friday stunt

(Newser) - Somewhere in America, a large, pointless hole has been dug, and people chipped in more than $100,000 to make sure it happened. As CNET explains, the Holiday Hole is another stunt from the creators of the popular game Cards Against Humanity as a statement of sorts against the commercialism... More »

Black Friday Shopping Marred by Fatal Shootings

At least 3 killed in incidents outside malls and Walmarts

(Newser) - At least nine people were wounded—three of them fatally—in shootings during Black Friday shopping across the US. A man in a Walmart parking in San Antonio, Texas, tried to intervene Friday when he saw another man punching a woman in the head, Reuters reports. Police say the other... More »

Patagonia Won't Keep a Penny of Its Black Friday Sales

Will likely be about $2M

(Newser) - Outdoors outfitter Patagonia is taking an unusual approach to Black Friday: CEO Rose Marcario says 100% of the day's sales online and in its 80 locations worldwide will go toward groups that help the environment. CNN Money estimates that will amount to $2 million. The chain also made headlines... More »

Toys R Us Doubles Down With Turkey Day Hours

Retailer announces 30-hour shopping marathon starting at 5pm

(Newser) - Black Friday has in recent years received a black mark as retailers took criticism for slowly pushing back the mega-shopping event until it actually started on Thanksgiving Day. Some retailers and shopping venues have given in to the backlash: Various malls (such as the Mall of America) and chain stores... More »

5 Websites Where We Spent the Most on Black Friday

Amazon takes the cake with a 35.7% share of spending

(Newser) - Black Friday sales were up 7% this year over 2014 while Thanksgiving Day sales jumped 16%, according to Slice Intelligence 's analysis of online sales data. Not only that, but the weeks leading up to the biggest shopping day of the year saw a 14% boost with many sales... More »

Black Friday Broke Gun Sales Record

FBI dealt with more than 185K background checks

(Newser) - This year's Black Friday wasn't just the biggest sales day of the year, it was the biggest gun sales day in history, according to FBI data on background checks, which is seen as the best measure available for US gun sales. The agency says the National Instant Criminal... More »

Cards Against Humanity Makes $71K Selling Nothing

The Black Friday prank involved employees unveiling how they spent the windfall

(Newser) - Anyone familiar with the Kickstarter game Cards Against Humanity ("A party game for horrible people") has likely also heard about its previous Black Friday antics, including selling actual bullshit, reports Gizmodo . This year the people behind the game have taken their tongue-in-cheek approach a step further by offering... More »

Black Friday Protest Takes Over Downtown Chicago

'Let them just feel the empty cash registers'

(Newser) - Instead of shopping, thousands of demonstrators in Chicago are taking to the streets on Black Friday to protest the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, as well as the way the city has handled the case, Reuters reports. According to the AP , the largest group... More »

Attention Shoppers: 5 Great Black Friday Deals

We got savings over here

(Newser) - It's Black Friday, which means you're either battling the crowds at shopping malls around the country or cozy inside reading articles about battling the crowds at shopping malls around the country. If you're in the latter group, here are five of the best Black Friday deals you'... More »

The Brits Have Gone Crazy for Black Friday

They have shopping frenzy, but no Thanksgiving

(Newser) - There's a place with all the excesses of Black Friday but none of the Thanksgiving celebrations and it's not hell, it's Britain. The shopping tradition was introduced to the UK by Amazon and Walmart just a few years ago, and retailers are already trying to scale it... More »

These Are Amazon's 2 Best Black Friday Deals

Need a Fire tablet or new books? You're in luck

(Newser) - No need to scour Amazon for hours: Kinja has already uncovered the best deal on the site this Black Friday. It's for the Amazon Fire tablet , which is normally reasonably priced at $49.99, but is now just $34.99. Want something a bit fancier? The Fire HD 6... More »

Walmart's Big Black Friday Deals Revealed

All sales available in store at 6pm on Nov. 26, and earlier online

(Newser) - Walmart is doing away with hourly doorbusters and will instead make all of its Black Friday deals available immediately at 6pm on Thanksgiving—the same time sales kicked off last year, reports NorthJersey.com . The company says its strategy will simplify holiday shopping, which can get a little crazy . More »

REI: We're Closed on Black Friday. Go Outside

Outdoor-goods chain is paying its workers to get outdoors

(Newser) - Outdoor-goods chain REI has flabbergasted retail analysts with its bold Black Friday plan of not selling anything. CEO Jerry Stritzke says the day has "gotten out of hand" and all 143 REI stores will remain closed the day after Thanksgiving, CNNMoney reports. The chain is paying all 12,000... More »

2 Retailers Will Stay Closed on Thanksgiving

So far GameStop, Staples have made announcements

(Newser) - First there was the trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving itself to get a jump on the Black Friday sales; now, thanks to backlash, there's the trend of stores making big announcements to tout the fact that they will not be open on Thanksgiving. The two biggest names to... More »

Walmart Disses Amazon Prime Day With 'Everyone' Sale

But some experts say these 'Black Friday any day' sales may backfire

(Newser) - Poor Black Friday, being ambushed on one side by Amazon Prime Day on Wednesday, and now by Walmart's latest sale blitz on the other. In what USA Today calls a continuation of the "Walmart vs. Amazon fight for retail domination," Walmart announced in a blog post today... More »

Amazon: What Black Friday? Meet 'Prime Day'

Company to offer one-day online shopping 'extravaganza' on July 15

(Newser) - Black Friday is so 2014. That's the gist of Amazon's announcement of Prime Day, a "global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday" only to Prime members to celebrate its 20th anniversary next week, reports CNNMoney . "Step Aside Black Friday—Meet Prime Day" is the... More »

7 Ways Floridians Have Accidentally Shot Themselves

Black Friday this year was the third busiest day ever for gun sales in Florida

(Newser) - This year, Black Friday marked the third busiest day for gun sales in Florida, the state with the most registered concealed weapons permits. And just this month, Florida was ranked second in the US in school shootings since Sandy Hook two years ago, trailing only neighboring Georgia, reports Miami New ... More »

Black Friday Spending Drops 11%

But holiday shopping is 'marathon, not sprint': analyst

(Newser) - This year's Black Friday sales, it seems, weren't as tempting as last year's. Spending was down 11%, according to the National Retail Federation. The group had expected some 140 million shoppers this year, but the number ended up closer to 134 million, Businessweek reports. But the group... More »

Best Buy Website Goes Bust on Black Friday

Retailer's site experiences big outage on big shopping day

(Newser) - Consumers hoping to snatch up the best Black Friday deals had their plans somewhat interrupted this morning if they were trying to do so via Best Buy's website. BestBuy.com was down for more than an hour this morning, starting at about 9:50am EST, Re/Code reports; CNBC notes... More »

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