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Education Images/UIG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With all the buying you're planning on doing for Cyber Monday, Goodwill is offering you a chance to give back.

Goodwill will announce a new promotion on Monday in partnership with several retailers to make it easier for shoppers to donate their never-worn or gently-used clothing or other goods.

"We're super excited about the opportunity to partner with several online retailers to make the act of donating to Goodwill a much more convenient process," Goodwill Industries International Vice President, Michael Meyer told ABC News.

The program, called the "Give Back Box," works by using a box from online purchases to send Goodwill unwated items using a pre-paid shipping label.

The box must be from one of the participating retailers, though it shouldn't be too difficult considering some of the partners include Overstock, Levi's, and Ann Taylor.

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Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Following the chaos of Black Friday, shoppers headed to the local mom and pop stores on Saturday.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Small Business Saturday, a day to raise awareness for local retailers, and a day for shoppers to buy gifts for the holidays.

President Obama and his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, spent some time shopping on Saturday, making stops at a small bookstore called Upshur Street Books, and a popsicle shop called Pleasant Pops where a worker recommended the shop favorite, a Strawberry Ginger Lemonade popsicle.

The event was launched by American Express in 2010, and in 2014 shoppers spent about $14.3 billion on the special day.

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killerbayer/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(LONDON) --  Amazon reports it had its biggest sales day in the United Kingdon (U.K.) on this year's Black Friday, reports the BBC.

More than 7.4 million items were reported to have been sold on the website.

For the first time ever, retail analysis reported online sales estimated at one billion pounds, or $1.5 billion.

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Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(HONG KONG) -- The latest electronics hack has hit an electronic toy maker.

According to a statement posted on Friday from VTech Holdings Limited, a hacker was able to access customer data found on its Learning Lodge app store database.

VTech sells electronic toys and educational items specialized for children.

The statement said the hacking happened on Nov. 14, 2015 and the "unauthorized party" potentially could have accessed names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, secret question and answer for password retrieval, IP addresses, mailing addresses, and download history.

The customer database "does not contain any personal identification data (such as ID card numbers, Social Security numbers or driving license numbers)" according to VTech.

VTech said the company has conducted an investigation, but so far no word on how many customers were affected.

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Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- It's one of the most interesting Black Friday deals this year.

This year, fans of Cards Against Humanity are participating in the Black Friday promotion, "Give Cards Against Humanity $5."

After customers provide their name and credit card information, they must check off a box that says, "I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return."

In the past the makers of the raunchy board game have offered a variety of different Black Friday "deals" including one year's box of "literal feces" for $6.

According to the Cards Against Humanity website, at least $60,000 was made from donations as of Friday night.

Why isn't the company offering anything?

"On Black Friday, everybody is selling something," said a statement on the website. "We’re the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing."
What are they going to do with the money?

"That’s for us to know and you to find out. We’ll make the announcement soon," said the game's website.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stock indexes edged up after a shortened day on Wall Street, closing out the holiday week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 14.9 points to close at 17798.49.

The Nasdaq added 11.38 to finish at 5127.53, while the S&P 500 ended the session at 2090.11, up 1.24 from its open.

Retail stocks declined after smaller crowds headed to stores this Black Friday.
Urban Outfitters' stock led the decline with a 2.7 percent drop, followed closely by a 2.5 percent drop for Gap Inc. Retail giants Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney and online retailer also fell less than 1 percent.

Many retailers opened up their doors on Thanksgiving this year, giving shoppers a head start on savings. Walmart, Target and Macy's among the stores giving eager shoppers a jump start on their holiday to-do lists.

The Black Friday frenzy was in full force at Macy's flagship Herald Square location in New York City. An estimated 15,000 people poured into the store for the 6 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday shopping season.  Retailers make between 20 percent and 40 percent of annual sales during November and December.

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Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Facebook has made a policy change that gives four months of paid parental leave to new parents.

"This expanded benefit primarily affects new fathers and people in same-sex relationships outside the U.S. It will not alter the existing maternity leave currently available to all employees worldwide," Lori Matloff Goler, Facebook's vice president of human resources, wrote in a post.

 Goler said the inclusive policy is "the right thing to do for our people and their families."

"We believe that fathers and mothers alike deserve the same level of support when they are starting and growing a family, regardless of how they define family," she wrote.

The announcement comes just days after CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born, calling it a very personal choice.

He added: "Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and we're excited to start this next stage in our lives."

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TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The crowds at major retailers around the country Friday proved Americans are still willing to wake up early to score a Black Friday deal, but it didn't come without chaos.

With major retailers including Walmart, Target and Macy's opening on Thanksgiving, some eager shoppers were able to get a jump start on their holiday to-do lists. The Black Friday frenzy was in full force at Macy's flagship Herald Square location in New York City where an estimated 15,000 people poured into the store for the 6 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving.

Of course it wouldn't be Black Friday without the madness. Video posted by Twitter user Young Rob shows what appears to be a fight in a crowded shopping mall with one man pinning the other on the ground as they traded punches.


Black Friday at its finest

— young rob (@easy_111) November 27, 2015

It was unclear what prompted the apparent fight, however Melissa Marsh, who said she was at a Walmart in New Roads, Louisiana, captured the chaotic moments on video when people fought over towels as they loaded their carts with discounts.


Even the most dedicated shoppers will find their own path to get to the best deals. Andrew Morris posted a video to YouTube showing a man frantically climbing over a refrigerated foods section to get to a crowded area of the grocery section. Morris said the moment of mayhem happened at a Walmart in Coos Bay, Oregon.

More than 135.8 million customers plan to shop over the holiday weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. While Black Friday has historically been a strong day for retail, many customers have also turned away from the frenzy in favor of shopping online for Cyber Monday, when an estimated 183.8 million people expected to place online orders.

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Andrew Kelly/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Black Friday is now a season. Planning your shopping is key to deal hunting.

The good news is that online deals are almost as good as the in-store deals, with a few notable door-buster exceptions. Even more interesting is the adoption of mobile-based deals that retailers are offering to entice you to download their store apps and shop through them all year long.

However, the single best day to get a deal is Thanksgiving, specifically on electronics. Ben Glazer of says that while many of those deals are online, TV and laptop doorbuster deals remain a brick-and-mortar phenomenon.



  • Amazon unnamed 50-inch LED available for purchase in the Amazon app only: Time unknown. $149 -- the best price ever for a 50-incher.
  • Kohl’s Samsung 40-inch: Thanksgiving 6 p.m. $319 plus $90 Kohl's cash. It's the best price ever for a Samsung 40-inch.



  • Xbox bundle with two games (Gears of War and Fallout 4) at Dell Home on Thursday at 6 p.m. online only for $299. The addition of Fallout 4 brings an extra $100 value.


  • iPad Mini 4 at Meijer: Thanksgiving all day for $399 plus $125 gift card.
  • Apple Watch at Target on Thanksgiving for $349 with $100 gift card.
  • Roku SE (this is a Black Friday only model of the Roku that is comparable with their base models that normally retail for $50): Thursday in store and online at HH Gregg for $20.
  • Target $25 Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush (originally $70.)


  • Old Navy 50 percent off everything in store and first 50 people in line entered in contest to win $1 million.
  • Gap 50 percent off.



  • Friday Moto G unlocked: Best Buy, $100. $777 off


  • Athleta: 20 percent off in store and online
  • Kenneth Cole: 50 percent off and free shipping
  • Trina Turk: 30 percent off
  • Uniqlo: almost everything in store will be under $50
  • Easy Spirit: Buy one and get one 50 percent off, all day Friday.
  • Cole Haan: 30 percent off everything
  • JC Penney: 25 percent off Nike
  • Joseph Bank: $129 for executive and JOS suits.


  • Ulta sale including 50 percent off benefit Macy’s -- select gift sets discounted 30 percent to 50 percent off
  • Sephora: under $10 gift bonanza


  • iTunes: buy one get one 40 percent off at Sam’s club
  • Amazon: buy $50 gift card, get a $10 Amazon credit
  • Target: $200 for $185 (starts on 11/23)
  • Sephora: $100 with $10 bonus (starts on Black Friday)
  • Lowe's: $200 for $175 (starts on Black Friday)
  • Lord & Taylor: $50 for $40 (starts Black Friday)


eBay, the corporation, sells gift cards at a discount. This is not individual eBay users selling cards, this is the company selling brand new discounted cards from this page on their site:

  • Aeropostale Gift Cards: 20 percent off (up to $20 off)
  • Bass Pro Shops Gift Cards: 15 percent off (up to $15 off)
  • Sports Authority Gift Cards: 15 percent off (up to $15 off)

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The Raspberry Pi Zero is about the size of a stick of chewing gum but comes with endless possibilities for everyone from programmers looking to create fun new projects to students learning about programming in the classroom.

Popular projects with Raspberry Pi include connecting the computer to home devices to create an "Internet of Things" ecosystem, building an inexpensive robot and creating games.

"The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend," Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi, wrote in a blog post Thursday. "Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge."

Despite its cheaper price, the latest addition to the Raspberry Pi family runs the Raspbian operating system and various applications including Minecraft, Sonic Pi, which allows users to play with code to produce new sounds, and Scratch, the programming language that lets people create their own stories, games and animations.

The hardware is also impressive for the price. The Raspberry Pi Zero comes with a 1Ghz chip, a micro SC slot and micro USB ports for data and power -- allowing a user to connect to the Internet with a WiFi dongle.

While the possibilities for creating are endless with Raspberry Pi Zero, the computer also comes with a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output, meaning with the right tools and direction, someone could take an old television or monitor and with Raspberry Pi Zero, turn it into a fully functioning computer.

With tens of thousands of units available now, according to Upton, customers in the United States can order online from Adafruit or at their local branch of Micro Center. The computer is being given away for free in the U.K. with copies of MagPi magazine, prompting some people on Twitter to remark on just how crazy it is that you can get a computer at the news stand.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thanksgiving is a time of giving, but for some, it’s all about taking.

Surveillance video captured by StopLift shows a grocery store shopper ringing up an item in self-checkout, but then walking away with a turkey.

At another self-checkout, a shopper scans items but appears to miss the mark on one and walks it through.

Some security experts say theft is up to five times more likely at self-checkout counters than at manned checkouts.

“Customers look for opportunity,” William Alford, president of the International Lighthouse Group, a risk management firm specializing in identifying risks, threats and liabilities to businesses, told ABC News. “If no one’s watching them, and they say, ‘Wow this is easy,’ then they may try it.”

Another video at a regular checkout line shows the same type of theft with some items being scanned, but this time the prized poultry just remains in the shopping cart.

Shoplifting costs U.S. retailers an estimated $17 billion a year, which result in higher prices for the paying customer.

“The profit margin is anywhere from 1 to 3 percent,” Alford said. "In a regular basket full of groceries, if one item is either not rung up or destroyed, the profit for that entire buggy of groceries is gone. Does it increase prices? Yes, it does. Over the long haul it absolutely does.”

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Shoppers who prefer to avoid the frenzy of Black Friday can look forward to some incredible deals on electronics for Cyber Monday.

Gaming consoles, televisions and drones are among the hottest items on wish lists this holiday season. Here's a running list of some of the best deals ABC News has seen on technology for Cyber Monday 2015 to help you get a jump start on plotting your shopping strategy:


Don't let the name fool you. Walmart is rolling out its Cyber Monday deals on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. ET. One of the best deals being offered: An Xbox One console bundle with Gears of War and an extra wired controller for $299.96 (regular price $350).

The Air Hogs Helix video drone is advertised for $75 (regular price $109) putting it at an ideal price point for first time drone owners. Beats by Dre Drenched Solo on-ear headphones will be available for $99 (regular price $119).


Target is offering a 15 percent discount website wide on Cyber Monday with the code CYBER15. One day also isn't sufficient for the retailer -- Target said it plans to hold a Cyber Week, offering various deals throughout the week.

One of those listed deals: A 48-inch Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV for $599.99. The television comes at a $300 discount and a bonus $100 gift card after purchase.

Other top technology deals include a Swagway x1 Hands-Free Smart Hoverboard for $399 (regular price $499) and an Xbox One console bundle with Gears of War for $299.99 (regular price $350). The bundle comes with a bonus EA sports game and free 3-month Xbox Live subscription with purchase.

Best Buy

If camping outside Best Buy on Black Friday isn't your thing, you're in luck. The electronics retailer has a sweet lineup of Cyber Monday deals and various other discounts lasting for the duration of Cyber Week.

Expect to save anywhere from $500 to $900 on select 4K televisions from top brands Sony, LG and Samsung. Looking for a good stocking stuffer? Best Buy is advertising an Insignia Bluetooth Stereo Speaker with Powerbank for $24.99, at a 50 percent savings. The device lets the user play music and can also charge their smartphone.


Who needs a day or a week when you can have a month of savings? Amazon was one of the first retailers to kick off the shopping season with its Black Friday deals store which opened in November. The trick is that while Amazon has teased a variety of deals, it's up to shoppers to stick around to find out when they will appear.

Amazon's Cyber Monday deals will be rolled out beginning Saturday.

Amazon's always connected Echo speaker is available for $149 (regular $180). The Kindle Paperwhite will be on sale for $99.99 (regular price starting at $119). Another top deal: $100 off Philips Fidelio Noise-Cancelling Headphones.


On Cyber Monday, T-Mobile will give customers who buy an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus online a free memory upgrade. That means customers can get 64 GB of memory for the price of a 16 GB phone or a whopping 128 GB for the price of 64 GB.

T-Mobile's Cyber Monday offer starts at 5:01 am EST. The mobile carrier said users need to put the 64GB or 128GB model in their cart and they will have the price adjusted at check-out.

Toys 'R Us

Toys 'R Us is starting the savings on Sunday and plans to continue various deals throughout the duration of Cyber Week.

Two top tech deals that are exclusive to Cyber Monday include up to $150 off select Meccanoid robotics items and an XBox One gaming system for $299.99 (regular price $349.99.)

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Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There are plenty of deals on Black Friday, but just because that toaster or television is billed as a "doorbuster," it doesn't necessarily mean it's a good purchase.

"Almost everything seems to be at its best price on Black Friday, but there are a few categories that have better deals in December and January," Benjamin Glaser, features editor with DealNews, told ABC News.

Here are some expert recommendations for items shoppers should avoid on Black Friday. (Like always, take any advice with a grain of salt, as these recommendations are based on historical data and anecdotal experience. And if you are in need of something immediately, sometimes it might be worth paying a little more to check it off your list.)

Off-Brand Electronics

That new television or tablet may seem like a steal, but have you even heard of the brand?

Howard Schaffer, vice president of merchandising at, said he doesn't recommend buying from "no name brands, even at those ridiculously low prices."

"Stay away from the no brands and low price models. Look for name brands you're familiar with," he told ABC News. "Consumers who buy [those] later often write poor reviews."


Before you set your alarm to scoop up those cheap doorbusters, Schaffer recommends evaluating what you plan to do with it.

"It’s cheap for a reason," he said. "If it’s the main gift, we recommend spending the extra money and getting the name brand you are looking for because you are going to be disappointed with the doorbuster, lower-end product."

If you're in need of an extra toaster to help accommodate those holiday house guests, then maybe it will serve its purpose.

Buying Apple Products? Be Savvy About Where

Those big ticket Apple items are sure to be at the top of many holiday shopping lists, but it can pay to comparison shop. While Target isn't offering a discount on the Apple Watch, which starts at $349, the retailer is sweetening the purchase with a free $100 Target gift card.

The ever-popular iTunes gift cards are even offered at a discount at Best Buy, where the retailer's Black Friday circular is advertising a deal of buy one, get one 40 percent off.

Winter Apparel

If you're planning to gift a sweater or winter coat for the holidays, Schaffer recommends waiting for Cyber Monday to get the best deals.

"There will be better deals on Cyber Monday for sweaters, outerwear and fall apparel," he said. If you're shopping for yourself and can hold out one more month, Schaffer recommends waiting until after the holidays to snag even lower prices on outerwear for top retailers.

Glaser agreed, telling ABC News: "This is not the best weekend for heavy winter apparel because that stuff will go on clearance later in the season."

Holiday Decorations

Do you really need a new set of lights this year or can you use last year's again? While retailers may be touting big deals on holiday decor, the best time to buy is immediately after the holidays. It will be another year before you can use the decorations, but the deep discounts can make it worthwhile to wait.

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Last year, Beyonce announced that she'd be launching a new clothing line with retail mogul Sir Philip Green, the owner of British clothing chains Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge.  Now, we know when we'll be able to get our hands on it

According to BBC, the singer's new brand of streetwear, developed in partnership with Green's Arcadia group, will launch in spring of 2016, and will include clothing, footwear and accessories.

In a statement announcing the TopShop deal last year, Beyonce said, "I have always loved TopShop for their fashion credentials and forward thinking.  Working with their development team to create and produce a technical and fashion led collection is exciting and I’m looking forward to participating in all aspects of this partnership.”

The clothing line is a 50/50 joint venture with Parkwood, Beyonce's management company.

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Bigandt_Photography/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Ukraine has banned Russian planes from entering its airspace, reports the BBC.

The ban comes as Russian gas that is exported to Ukraine, has been stopped by Gazprom.

Gazprom claims Ukraine used up all the gas it had paid for, says the BBC.

Ukraine, on the other hand, claims it stopped purchasing gas from Gazprom because it could buy gas cheaper from Europe.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk made the decision at a televised government meeting. The ban applies to both commercial and military planes, reports the BBC.

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