'Black Friday' in United States brings great news for global e-commerce

While this may be acceptable for some customers others may feel ripped off and out of pocket when the goods become faulty or even dangerous

Meanwhile, Black Friday and Thanksgiving online sales in the United States surged to record highs as shoppers bagged deep discounts and bought more on their mobile devices, heralding a promising start to the key holiday season, according to retail analytics firms.

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As of 10 a.m. Monday, Americans had spent almost $14 billion online since Thanksgiving Day, when many companies started their Black Friday sales, according to Adobe Analytics. That's a almost 18 percent increase from previous year, according to Adobe Analytics.

Cyber Monday has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year since it first launched over a decade ago. An order placed online but picked up in a store counts as a digital sale, but would the customer have still placed the order if the item could not have been picked up? By 2016, the number of online retailers increased by 460 percent to more than 20,000 establishments, well above the growth rate of their competitors. Sears Holdings Corp. saw same-store sales fall 17 percent at its flagship chain last quarter and 13 percent at its Kmart brand.

Despite anecdotal signs of muted in-store sales - fewer cars in mall parking lots, shoppers leaving stores without purchases in hand - consumers are still expected to spend more overall this holiday season than last, analysts and industry executives said.

While consumers, of course, buy pet food and supplies all year round (the American Pet Products Association reports that pet industry spending for 2016 came in at a record high $66.75 billion, up from $60.28 billion in 2015-a 10.7 percent growth), the pet industry experiences strong seasonality spending just like any other consumer product category, according to John Gibbons, president of a Global Positioning System for Pet Businesses. Fundivo, a small business loan adviser, found that by 2015, 49 percent of Americans said they have shopped on Cyber Monday. That nearly certainly front-loaded some brick-and-mortar sales that may otherwise have occurred over the Thanksgiving weekend. Still, plenty of bargain hunters lined up - swarming into Best Buy stores.

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"I don't find anything good anymore at Sears", said Charles, a nurse with four children.

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