People were nuts about guns this Black Friday, FBI data shows

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When Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season this year, there was one thing on many people’s wish lists.

Guns were the hot ticket and interest in firearms on America’s biggest shopping day seemed to hit its highest yet. The FBI processed more background checks for gun buyers throughout Black Friday than on any other day, the agency told The Trace.

There were a total of 185,713 checks — the most made in a single day since the FBI’s national instant check system was launched almost 20 years ago. But the huge spike was one almost no one saw coming.

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The biggest winners and losers from Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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This year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday made mincemeat of the internet retail record books

But there were more storylines from the long Thanksgiving weekend than just online sales. Box-and-mortar stores are fighting to stay relevant, mobile shopping is growing (on some platforms) and shoppers are acting lazier even as their spending increases.   

With the numbers crunched, it’s easy to see exactly what came on strong and what fell flat — so here are the winners and losers of the biggest shopping days of the year.     

Winners

1. The internet Read more…

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Online sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday broke all the records this year

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With 2016’s Thanksgiving weekend shopping numbers in the books, it’s safe to say that another massive revenue record for online sales has been set.  

Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) is hard at work tracking online sales numbers throughout the holiday season. With the “Turkey 5” buying bender come and gone (Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday), the most intense shopping period is over. Now all that’s left to do is look at the numbers to see just how much everyone spent, and how.  

Thanksgiving Day

It all started on Thanksgiving Day. With many online retailers kicking off the deals early, consumers took advantage and spent $1.93 billion, an 11.5 percent increase from Turkey Day last year.  Read more…

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What to buy anyone in your life whose only interest is Kylie Jenner’s lips

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Family is, perhaps, more important now than ever before. And that’s why you should absolutely purchase socks from Rob Kardashian’s sock line featuring images of Kylie Jenner’s cosmetically enhanced lips. 

Lip kit entrepreneur Kylie Jenner has been teasing a holiday kollection for the new extension of her personal brand, The Kylie Shop, with a slew of sexy photos. Today, she revealed a whole new set of products that will soon be available. 

Socks, pins, tees, underwear, hats, sweatshirts, jackets and phone cases with Kylie’s lips will be available for purchase in the suburbs of Los Angeles on Dec. 9 and online the following day. Read more…

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You don’t know me, online shopping algorithms

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No one waits for Cyber Monday to launch the internet’s biggest holiday shopping surge anymore.

We start shopping on Black Friday and don’t stop until our Santa’s bags of holiday goodies are full. But when the online shopping is done, do you ever look back at the choices you made and wonder how many were yours and how many were made by online algorithms? Do you ever look when the online choices are not about holiday gifts?

I have and I’m starting to hate these algorithms.

There is, as I see it, a fundamental flaw in the technology designed to serve up things we might like. They are based entirely on past choices and activities and leave zero room for improvisation and unpredictability. Read more…

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