A record 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 212 million last year. But the mood remains one of caution and strategic buying for the rest of the holiday season.
Cyber Monday deals are driving many Americans to shop online at work. Some workplaces are looking the other way, with online shopping for Cyber Monday deals up 20 percent over last year.
Cyber Monday deals 2011 will come fast and furious. Here are six ways to ensure you'll get great Cyber Monday deals in 2011.
Black Friday this year set new records for in-store and online buying. Despite high unemployment and a generally worrisome economy, nearly half of all Americans went shopping.
Cyber Monday was Amazon's peak sales day last year. Amazon will want to lure shoppers again this year with great Cyber Monday deals.
Some Black Friday shoppers have been cutting in line, grabbing carts, coming to blows, and wielding pepper spray. What the Black Friday hunt for the perfect Christmas present says about the shopper within.
This is "Small Business Saturday" when shoppers are urged to visit local businesses. Getting away from the malls and out of the big box stores helps the local economy since more of the money spent stays in the community.
Black Friday online deals are available on everything from laptops to loudspeakers. Some bargains are short-lived. Others will last through the weekend, into Cyber Monday, and beyond.
Black Friday weekend may give economists a snapshot of how shoppers are feeling going into the holiday season. Even though some consumer numbers are sluggish, Americans may spend when they hit the malls.
The Washington holiday season had a festive start Friday when First Lady Michelle Obama presided over the arrival of the White House Christmas tree – a balsam fir from Wisconsin.