Black Friday Aftermath: A News Roundup


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• The day was so titled because it became “the first day on which retailers would enter into profit for the year, turning the ink from red to black.” (Financial Times)

• Over 212 million people tackled Black Friday this year, an 8.7% increase from last year. The average amount spent was $365.34. (WSJ)

• Overall weekend sales topped $45 billion. Consumers self-gifted, spending on big-ticket items like jewelry, electronics and home furnishings. (NY Times)

• Retailers began sales much earlier than last year, with doors opening as early as midnight. By 4 AM, a majority of Black Friday shoppers were already in stores. (NRF)

• Apple sold an estimated 9 iPads each hour per store on Black Friday, down from 13 in 2008. (CNN Money)

• Online sales also jumped 9% from 2009 to a whopping $648 million in revenue. Top sellers included Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy. (PCMag)

• Amazon in particular saw a 25% increase in unique visitors to its site that day. (Comscore)

• Mobile sales for eBay and PayPal doubled and are expected to total $1.5 billion by the year’s end. (TechCrunch)

• According to FortiusOne research, which monitored brand and location updates on Twitter on Friday, the shopping day was most popular in California. (Walletpop)

• Smartphone geo-location apps were particularly useful in snagging last-minute deals. Shoppers who checked in on Foursquare to stores like Radio Shack and Toys R Us on Black Friday instantly received coupons via their phones. (WSJ)


4 Responses to “Black Friday Aftermath: A News Roundup”

  1. Aysha

    க மத ன வ ய ன ல ம பச த தன ம ப க த ! OBCs will also behave tehvselmes in relationship with SCs and STs in future when life in villages gets more and more urbanised, meaning the worth and importance of the individual as against the group begin to be valued. The labels ‘SCs’ and ‘STs’, too, will fall off. Improvement in social conditions in the lives of OBCs/ SCs/ STs will render caste identities imposed by Brahmins redundant and otiose. I mean, no religion will be contexulaised with castes. The orthodox Brahmins and their lickers’ will have to revamp the core values of their religion in order to survive in the new world. The writings of Tilak, Hegdewar and Savarkar for brahminical glory will become a laughing stock. As Arul has pointed out time and again, our society should liberate itself from the brahminical values first. His is not a original idea: it is Periyaar’s. If you conduct rig vedic yaga in your temple, no one but your relations and your lickers, is going to mind you. You and your lickers can do any thing : it wont impact the general society as a whole, unlike in the past when yours was the only religion and the Hindu social philosophy was to be observed by one and all.If at all there are quarrels between people, it wont be on the bases of castes from religion, but for the scramble for the scant resources and due to inequal distribution of such resources only. Such a scramble is a perennial and bitter reality of human life, as you know.

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