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Online sales on Thanksgiving Day alone jumped 17 per cent to US$4.1 billion in the United States, according to data from Salesforce.

Channel 3's Christina Guessferd will be live from the University Mall in South Burlington to catch up with shoppers Friday morning. Still, it expects online sales will reach $143.7 billion, up 14.1% from last year's holiday season.

Store openings on Thanksgiving evening have also reduced store crowds lining up for doorbuster deals at the crack of dawn on Friday.

South African retailers have taken note of these preferences, and this year most shops include tech products and TVs as part of their Black Friday line-up.

Workers at Amazon distribution centres in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday. Black Friday shoppers enjoy discounts across a wide range of product categories.

The popularity and success of Black Friday have caused some big chain merchants to back the starting time up to 9:00 p.m. Thanksgiving night creating a derisive "Black Thursday".

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Black Friday can be a very rewarding experience if you are prepared.

Thanksgiving day shoppers are expected to drop a record amount of money online, as consumers face a compressed holiday shopping season. This year, only 36% of people said they planned to do most of their holiday shopping on Black Friday - down from 51% just three years ago, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Fifteen hours later, the store closes on Black Friday. Others such as Kohl's, Gap and Macy's have struggled as shopping continues to move away from brick-and-mortar retailers in favor of online shopping.

It's the most wonderful time of the year - for retailers.

While Black Friday still matters, its relevance is fading as the holiday shopping season now begins the week before Halloween and stretches to Christmas Eve with retailers offering deep discounts throughout the season.

As per the history goes, Black Friday was first used in the New York Times in an article in 1870 that referred to the day the gold market collapsed. "It is the most critical barometer of spending".

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