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The Black Friday frenzy officially begins today. But many say the thrill is gone.

By Washington Post

For the first time, more Americans will do their holiday shopping online instead of in storesRead full story

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  • Ken Breen
    Ken BreenDow Jones

    I have just been to grab a coffee and 5th Avenue, around Union Square, is like something out of Dante’s Inferno specifically the Third and Fourth circles. No thanks!

  • Nicholas Finegold
    Nicholas FinegoldFounder at Curationcorp.com

    Just expect the environmental pressure on Amazon to build and build in the coming years despite claims that on line shopping is greener.

    Black Friday-related online shopping will bring 82,000 diesel vans and trucks onto UK roads, sparking fears that air pollution will spike on residential streets. Shoppers are expected to spend £1.35bn ($1.8bn) on Friday alone. The biggest shopping weekend in the UK and US sees particularly high numbers of plastic toys, games and electronic items being purchased

    Just expect the environmental pressure on Amazon to build and build in the coming years despite claims that on line shopping is greener.

    Black Friday-related online shopping will bring 82,000 diesel vans and trucks onto UK roads, sparking fears that air pollution will spike on residential streets. Shoppers are expected to spend £1.35bn ($1.8bn) on Friday alone. The biggest shopping weekend in the UK and US sees particularly high numbers of plastic toys, games and electronic items being purchased, leading environmentalists to also warn of an increase in plastic waste. However, Brian Kay, director of Green Business Watch, said that the evidence suggested that online shopping was still less environmentally damaging than customers driving to shops.

  • Rene Chen
    Rene ChenNews Curator at NewsPicks Inc. Japan

    How I miss Black Friday in the US... Nothing beats coming into work on Friday in a gelatinous state after fighting off a Thanksgiving food coma standing in line all night at a Walmart in a seedy area to buy a $200 laptop.

    Black Friday just started being a thing in Japan a year ago, but it's basically just a big-scale sale. No moms tackling other moms for doorbusters, no overpacked malls, and the doorbusters aren't that extreme.

    Uniqlo's webpage crashed, and its big news here, but that's something

    How I miss Black Friday in the US... Nothing beats coming into work on Friday in a gelatinous state after fighting off a Thanksgiving food coma standing in line all night at a Walmart in a seedy area to buy a $200 laptop.

    Black Friday just started being a thing in Japan a year ago, but it's basically just a big-scale sale. No moms tackling other moms for doorbusters, no overpacked malls, and the doorbusters aren't that extreme.

    Uniqlo's webpage crashed, and its big news here, but that's something that always happens on any webpage introduced on slickdeals.net with a hot deal.

  • I'm in Maine. At a Walmart. It's dead.

  • It’s spreading. Overheard on Irish radio today: "Black Friday or ‘Dé hAoine Dubh,’ an ancient Irish tradition that goes back, oh, almost two years..."

    It was an attempt by retailers to drum up business after after a long summer where people were happy to wear their old sandals instead of winter woolies.

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