Black Friday Is Big, But Online Shopping Is Even Bigger

Thanksgiving Black Friday shopping

“The store was packed within 15 minutes of opening,” Barry said. “People were in really great spirits.” Skylanders video games, the LeapPad2 Explorer kids’ tablet, and a kit for making bracelets out of rubber bands that has become popular among kids this fall were some of the best-selling products. But shoppers also went for items that weren’t necessarily on steep discount, he said. While traffic eased between 3 and 5 a.m., it picked up again in the early morning when the store released a new round of deals. And Toys R Us will kick off Cyber Monday two days early with deals starting Saturday for what’s become “Cyber Week.” At Washington, D.C.’s only Forever 21, about 100 customers come through the door at 8 p.m.Thanksgiving evening to grab 30% to 50% discounts on clothes throughout the store.
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Online shopping both risky, convenient

online shopping

Here are some precautions. By Mark Clayton ,Staff writer / November 29, 2013 A worker pushes a cart in an Amazon warehouse in Peterborough, England, in anticipation of Cyber Monday. Phil Noble/Reuters The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition For the first time, more people are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday than visit brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday , according to American Express. Instead of fighting crowds, shoppers will spend an estimated $62 billion online this holiday season up about 15 percent from 2012, says eMarketer , a firm that tracks e-commerce.
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Cyber Monday: nine tips for shopping online safely

Save any emails the company sends you confirming your purchase or updating you on the status of an order. Review your credit card statements:Some consumers have complained about unauthorized charges billed to their account after they shop online. Contact wholesale beads your credit card company immediately to report any charges you didnt authorize, and request a refund and a new card. Protect your identity:Guard your Social Security, drivers license and bank account numbers when you shop online.
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