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

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There’s a devastating environmental cost to returning your Cyber Monday purchases

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As the wait for Cyber Monday packages to arrive drags on, here’s something to feel guilty about: Your returns. 

Goods sent back during the holiday season online shopping are hurting the environment — and retailers. 

In 2015, consumers returned $20 billion worth of goods purchased online over the holidays, according to a report by the returns-focused logistics company Optoro. That’s nearly a third of total holiday returns, which came in at $69 billion in 2015. Annual returns for the year landed at $260 billion.  

All that stuff isn’t just getting shipped back out. Those total returns lead to 4 billion pounds of excess and returned inventory sent to landfills by U.S. retailers each year, Optoro said. That’s enough to fill 220,000 garbage trucks.  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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Track Cyber Monday shopping with this mesmerizing visualizer

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Enjoy a glimpse of consumerism at its best from an e-commerce site that is showing how much shopping we do online, especially the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Image: Shopify.com

Black Friday may have had people duking it out over sneakers, but Cyber Monday is all about emptying your wallet from the comfort of your laptop — and online stores are ready.

On Shopify’s site, which hosts small- and medium-sized online stores from around the world, Monday’s online shopping frenzy is visualized with a counter tracking the number of products sold per minute, how much money is being spent per minute, a list of the recent products sold and a globe showing where sales are happening. Read more…

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Keep track of the best tech deals of Cyber Monday

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If you didn’t already wear yourself (and your wallet) out shopping until dropping over the holiday weekend, Cyber Monday has come to finish the job. 

This year, Thanksgiving Day shoppers filled up more digital carts than ever before, so there’s no reason to think that Cyber Monday 2016 won’t be just as busy. Just be sure to cross your fingers that heavy sale pages don’t get bogged down, protect yourself and your purchases and be sure to only go for the best deals. 

To simplify that last part, we’ve put together some of the biggest discounts from a few of the biggest names in the Cyber Monday game. These retailers have been busy all through the holiday season  and will doubtlessly continue to be through December and up to the New Year. But they’ve rolled out some of their best deals yet just for today. Read more…

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The one tool you need to find legit deals on Cyber Monday

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Bust out those credit cards, Cyber Monday has arrived.

With countless holiday sales and markdowns things can get pretty overwhelming online, but thanks to one handy website, shopping just got a lot easier.

CamelCamelCamel — a free Amazon price tracker website — is here to help you navigate Amazon like a pro to find the best deals this Cyber Monday.

The site monitors millions of Amazon products and alerts you when their prices drop — via email, Twitter, or an RSS feed — so you don’t have to spend the day constantly refreshing your browser in a paranoid state of Cyber Monday FOMO. Read more…

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Since it’s 2016, Walmart is live-streaming Cyber Monday

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Since the borders between online and real life have become completely blurred, and Cyber Monday now carries arguably as much weight as Black Friday, Walmart is kicking up its promotions another notch and going full-on QVC mode with a live-streamed sales extravaganza. 

The live stream, hosted by multiple cheery sales reps touting the retailer’s best deals of the season, has been a trip so far. Viewers are prompted incessantly to type in their feedback, while the hosts are calling to action for purchases at a rate of roughly eight times per minute (estimate).  Read more…

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