It's expected to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year. But this time around Black Friday had a little competition from Cyber Monday.
It's holiday tradition for retailers to open their doors in the early morning hours after thanksgiving. This year you barely had time to digest dinner before stores were open for business. But the early start wasn't a hit with die hard shoppers.
The numbers show that spending declined on Black Friday for the first time since 2009. Sales were down 13.2% from last year with foot traffic down 11.4%. But that doesn't mean people aren't spending money; it just means they would rather do it from the comfort of their couch.
In comparison online shopping was up 18.7% with more than 130 million people snapping up cyber deals. People say it's easier, faster and you don't have to put up with crowds. They say in a matter of minutes half of your Christmas list can be taken care of. Not to mention it's a lot easier to compare prices.