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Black Friday: In store vs. online shopping

The Friday after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, traditionally marks the beginning of the Holiday season. This year many shoppers opted to buy online or retailers were offering year round sales and other incentives that are expected to ease crowds.

Black Friday: In store vs. online shopping
Shoppers carry recent purchases through Herald Square on the morning of November 28, 2014 in New York City. The Friday after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, traditionally marks the beginning of the Holiday season. (Getty Images)
Black Friday: In store vs. online shopping
(L-R) Robert Mauro, 57, poses for a photo taken by the family of Zoe Perikleous, 3, in New York City on Black Friday, November 27, 2015. Mauro, who moved to Florida from New York City 6 years ago, says he has returned each year during the winter holidays to gather donations in exchange for Santa Claus photos, with which he buys presents for homeless New York families. Although Black Friday sales are expected to be strong, many shoppers are opting to buy online or retailers are offering year round sales and other incentives that are expected to ease crowds. (Getty Images)
Black Friday: In store vs. online shopping
Passersby take pictures of themselves at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Black Friday, November 27, 2015. Although Black Friday sales are expected to be strong, many shoppers are opting to buy online or retailers are offering year round sales and other incentives that are expected to ease crowds. (Getty Images)
Black Friday: In store vs. online shopping
Shoppers peruse items at a Brookstone at the North County Fair Mall on November 27, 2015 in Escondido, California. Although Black Friday sales are expected to be strong, many shoppers are opting to buy online or retailers are offering year round sales and other incentives that are expected to ease crowds. (Getty Images)
Black Friday: In store vs. online shopping
Tourist take a break from shopping on Black Friday in New York on November 27, 2015, to play in front of the glass waterfall at the public space on 50th Street in New York. (AFP/Getty Images)
Black Friday: In store vs. online shopping
Tourist take a break from shopping on Black Friday in New York on November 27, 2015, to play in front of the glass waterfall at the public space on 50th Street in New York. (AFP/Getty Images)