Stores try to cater to savvier customers on Black Friday

Prices decide where 46 percent of those surveyed shop. Retailers have also been spreading deals out more throughout the week which may have diluted the shopping.

No matter when they shop, customers will be hunting for bargains.

Adobe's Tamara Gaffney told the TechCrunch blog, "The negative impact on online shopping we saw following the election has not been fully made up, but consumers are back online and shopping". That may explain why 65 percent will minimize their screens if their boss comes along.

Many stores are offering the same deals as in previous years, like $19.99 boots that remain a big attraction, cashmere sweaters, and sheets. See throughout Cyber Week.

Target increasingly offers direct delivery to customers from stores in their neighborhoods. Visit

Target Corp, meanwhile, is offering 15% off nearly everything in its stores and website for two days: Sunday and Monday. "The first person in line this year was the same person first in line last year".

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"I said it before and I will say it again, we will win the season on price - on Black Friday, on "Cyber Monday" and every day before and after", said Wal-Mart chief marketing officer Steve Bratspies.

Holiday shoppers eager to snag big discounts turned to the internet in record fashion this week, one tracking company said, driving online sales on Black Friday to a new high. He said he waited to arrive at the store until 7 a.m., as we wanted to avoid the early morning rush. And Target's Cartwheel app is offering Black Friday prices today, including Apple's iPad mini 2. "This includes online shopping". It would also cement the trend of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events in this region. "I only came for a Swiffer and toothpaste, and I'm leaving with a bit more than that".

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Toys, tech gadgets, televisions, video games, and books top the list for the best Cyber Monday deals this year.

Sales from mobile device topped $1 billion for the first time, surging 33% to $1.2 billion, Adobe Digital Insights said.

"Early bird gets the worm", he said.

Meanwhile, in-store traffic is expected to fall 3 to 4 percent for Black Friday once final numbers are published, according to analysts at Cowen and Co., though this number will be offset by a 20 percent increase in online customer traffic. By 3 PM ET, mobile alone had accounted for $680 million in online sales.

Looking beyond this weekend, the National Retail Federation projects November and December retail sales - leaving out autos, gasoline and restaurants - will total to almost $656 billion, almost four percent greater than the sum of retail business from the same months past year.

For years, Black Friday has started the holiday shopping season in the United States with retailers offering steep discounts.

Shoppers are expected to spend more than £4billion over the weekend and on Cyber Monday - an online-only event.

Importantly, use these tips from CMIT to protect against online shopping fraud:Steer clear of fake shopping apps. Sloan Dalley, of Pomona, gets excited as she finds one of the few remaining 55-inch Samsung television at Best Buy in Metro Pointe in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. "So I think the exceptional turnout we had for the early shoppers to the mall is a clear sign of that". Never provide banking or Social Security information if prompted by an online advertisement, social media request or email.Delete e-cards from unknown senders. They will stay open until 10 p.m. Friday. Retailers have already seen an uptick this year in e-commerce.