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Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the United States of America

If you are at all in tune with the American shopping scene, you will undoubtedly hear a lot about Black Friday and Cyber Monday over the next few days. These two days have become known for great shopping, and shoppers around the world wait for some of the lowest prices and deepest discounts of the entire year.

On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The following Friday, we take to the streets to start holiday shopping. As a kickoff to the holiday shopping season, many U.S. retailers offer their largest and deepest discounts of the year. These discounts typically appear in stores on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day, and appear on merchant websites on the following Monday.

Because retailers often break even—or, in financial terms, go “into the black”—the day after Thanksgiving, and this occasion is often referred to as Black Friday. Since deep discounts appear on websites the following Monday, and many shoppers make their online purchases then, that day has become known as Cyber Monday.

In 2012, Black Friday occurs on November 23. Cyber Monday falls on the following Monday, November 26.  Many retailers sell out of their most popular and heavily discounted items, so be sure to mark your calendar now and take advantage of these sales!

Here are some of the discounts and special holiday offers you can find on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year:
·         Bealls will offer a 7-inch tablet computer with six-piece bonus set for $89, a five-foot lighted palm tree for $29 and plush blankets for $11.99.  
·         Kohl’s will offer a six or eight piece reversible bedding set, normally priced at up to $180, for only $49.99.
·         If you’re in the market for a TV, H. H. Gregg will offer a 43-inch television for $379.99, a 51-inch TV for $479.99 and a 73-inch flat screen TV for just $799.99.
·         For Cyber Monday, CompUSA is slashing prices on laptop computers. You can pick up a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop for only $279 or an Ace Aspire V5 for $349. Power users can find an Asus 17-inch i7 laptop with 12 gigabytes of memory and a 1.5 terabyte hard drive for only $1,299.
Have you already started your holiday shopping? If you’ve found some very low prices, please use the comment area below to share with us!


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