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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 »

Woman Dies in Black Friday Murder-Suicide

Nadia Ezaldein had been critically injured by ex-boyfriend at Nordstrom

(Newser) - Authorities say a woman who was shot by her ex-boyfriend inside a Nordstrom in Chicago before he turned the gun on himself has died. The Cook County medical examiner's office says 22-year-old Nadia Ezaldein was pronounced dead at 3:43pm yesterday. The medical examiner had previously identified the male... More »

Black Friday in Milwaukee Means Long Lines for Beer

Hundreds huddled outside Lakefront Brewery for limited-edition brew

(Newser) - Some people wait for hours in the cold to buy cheap televisions or video games. People in Wisconsin do it for beer. About 800 people were in line by 8am today—waiting in 15-degree, snowy weather—outside of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee to buy a limited-edition Black Friday brew. In... 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 »

Ferguson Protests Continue to Target Black Friday

Holiday shopping interrupted at major retailers near St. Louis, other areas

(Newser) - Protesters continue to interrupt holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area today to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson , the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. About two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police"... More »

Your Definitive Guide to Black Friday's Best Deals

Amazon has a sweet book deal

(Newser) - Bargain hunters, rejoice! There are plenty of great guides out there that can point you to the best deals on offer today, and we've rounded up the most helpful ones:
  • Gizmodo's Massive Guide : The site offers a hundreds-of-items-strong list with a definitive tech flavor (GoPro Hero4, a PS4
... More »

Ferguson Protesters Target Black Friday

They shout slogans in St. Louis-area Walmarts

(Newser) - Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. The protests began Thanksgiving night and continued early today. Protesters spent a few minutes at... More »

Walmart Spent $2M Fighting $7K Fine for Worker Death

Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death by Black Friday shoppers in 2008

(Newser) - It's been six years since 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, who was one week into his temporary employment at a Long Island Walmart, was trampled to death by a mob of Black Friday shoppers. But while Walmart was hit with a $7,000 fine for its role in his death, it... More »

Black Friday Shoppers Get in Line 3 Weeks Early

2 Calif. women have been camping out next to a Best Buy since last week

(Newser) - Some stores are trying to resist Black Friday madness by refusing to open on Thanksgiving , but for die-hard shoppers, it's never too early to get ready for the mega-sales. Take Vicky Torres and Juanita Salas, who were already bundled up and camped out in front of the Beaumont, Calif.... More »

Some Stores Buck Trend of Opening on Thanksgiving

But holiday shoppers will still have plenty of options

(Newser) - The state of Black Friday mania is such that stores can now make headlines for announcing they'll be closed on Thanksgiving. Nordstrom, GameStop, and Costco are among the big-name retailers who will give employees the holiday off, reports CNNMoney . Nordstrom has made a tradition of the move in recent... More »

We Spent More Online Yesterday Than Ever Before

Online sales jumped 21% this Cyber Monday compared to last year

(Newser) - Black Friday may have been a bit of a retail disappointment , but Cyber Monday certainly wasn't. Online sales were up 21% compared to last year, according to IBM figures as reported by the Wall Street Journal . (No media outlets seem to be reporting a final figure, but Cyber Monday... More »

America Went Nuts Over Walmart's $1.74 Towels

Hey, some washcloths only cost 29 cents each on Black Friday

(Newser) - Walmart sold 2 million televisions on Black Friday ... and 2.8 million towels. Yes, towels were the hot seller, with a million more sold this year than last year. That's probably because one of Walmart's specials was a bath towel or a six-pack of washcloths for $1.74,... More »

Black Friday a Bit of a Dud

Holiday weekend shopping down 3% year over year

(Newser) - It wasn't exactly the Black Friday of retailers' dreams: Shoppers forked over about $1.7 billion—or 3%—less this holiday weekend, per the National Retail Federation. That figure is in spite of about 1% more people hitting the mall or Internet with their wallets open: Roughly 141 million... More »

Black Friday Suicide: Man Dies in Store After Standoff

Suspect allegedly robbed a pharmacy before shooting himself

(Newser) - Black Friday shoppers were evacuated yesterday after a man with a gun allegedly stole prescription drugs from a Rite Aid pharmacy, then ran into a wireless store in the same California shopping center, causing an hours-long standoff with police after which the man was found dead, KTLA reports. The suspect... More »

Discounts Are Kind Of ... a Lie

Most items that are 'on sale' were designed to sell at that price

(Newser) - If you couldn't bring yourself to rush out and do battle on Black Friday, no need to feel like you missed out: The discounts you'd be seeing if you were at the mall right now are what the Wall Street Journal calls "retail theater." Stores are... More »

Chill Out, Activists: Working Black Friday Is Fun

There are other ways to fight for retail employees: Angela Harmon

(Newser) - People like to hate on Black Friday and its gradual encroachment onto Thanksgiving, often "offering righteous indignation on behalf of retail workers who can’t spend the holiday with their families," writes Angela Harmon on Salon . But as a former retail employee who volunteered to work the midnight... More »

What Stores Are Doing to Prevent Black Friday Freakouts

Tickets, Segways, live bands aim to keep shoppers calm

(Newser) - Ever since a Walmart worker was trampled to death five years ago on Black Friday, the chain has increased its efforts to ensure safe shopping. Now, a range of top retailers are trying everything from live music to off-duty police hires to prevent a recurrence of the tragedy. Among their... More »

Even a Shooting Doesn't Stop Black Friday Shoppers

Well, technically Black Thursday...

(Newser) - It's tough to decide which part of this story is worse: the crime or the aftermath. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a police officer's arm became caught in a Pontiac Sunfire around 10pm last night while chasing after a man who was allegedly part of a Black Friday... More »

Do Not Buy These 6 Things on Black Friday

24/7 Wall St. lists the worst deals of retail's busiest day

(Newser) - You may be looking to spend less this holiday season—a Gallup poll says buyers will shell out an average $704 on presents, down from $770 last year—so 24/7 Wall St. wants to help you out. In order to get the most bang for your buck this Black Friday,... More »

Even Starbucks Has Black Friday Doorbuster

$65 stainless steel tumbler comes with month's worth of drinks

(Newser) - This Black Friday, Starbucks won't just offer a break from the insanity; it's aiming to become a shopping destination itself. The chain is offering a 16-ounce stainless steel tumbler—filled with a month's worth of drinks—for $65, Consumerist reports. Owners of the tumbler can bring it... More »

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