Black Friday was weak in New York, with fewer shoppers arriving in person for fear of COVID-19 than in recent years, despite doing little to slow down bargainers in other parts of the country.
In Manhattan, Macy started slowly, with no one stopping at the opening despite being one of the best known venues for deals.
The store was mobilized at 9 a.m. last year when people pushed through the doors.
Best Buy, which has regular lines around the array, was also quiet. The store opened at 5 p.m. in Union Square to welcome shoppers who get deals on TVs and home appliances.
The fall gradually increased during the day, but was nowhere near the 2019 level.
There were no shoppers on Fifth Avenue on Friday despite the balmy temperatures and the tempting Black Friday promotion. Many New Yorkers bought homes to avoid the personal risk of COVID
Another view of an abandoned Fifth Avenue on Friday, which is usually the biggest shopping day of the year
The sidewalks were empty except for the security guards at the designer shops along the iconic shopping street
The Armani store was empty Friday afternoon, there was hardly anyone on the street
2020: There was hardly a shopper at Macy’s on Friday morning as most New York bargain hunters stayed home and bought online
2019: In contrast, it was the scene shortly after Macy’s opened its doors last year, before the pandemic occurred
It is in line with how quiet the city has been since March, when thousands fled at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.
Buyers noticed how much quieter it was.
– I was very surprised. Every other time it’s always full, so when you just have to go in and look around and there’s plenty of stock right now, so it’s also really cool. “17-year-old Mauricio Solas told The New York Post after walking to Best Buy to buy a VR headset.
The pandemic has done nothing to slow down customers elsewhere.
Over the weekend, Americans are expected to spend between $ 755 billion and $ 765 billion – an increase from $ 729.1 billion last year.
Most of the shopping will be online. According to a Deloitte poll, online shopping would account for 58 percent of sales.
The Megabus from Washington DC ends at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, where passengers met on November 25, 2020, with officers from the NYC Sheriffs Division. They had to show their ID card and fill out the forms where they were kept and put down a home address for follow-up, they were given masks, gloves and disinfectant
On Black Friday, there was no one outside of Louis Vuitton, where there are usually shoppers and tourists
For iconic stores like Cartier, Longchamp and Ferragamo, no one admired the Christmas shows on Friday
On America’s Avenue, festive exhibits awaited tourists and locals alike, but on Black Friday there was only a handful of walks.
That means 40 percent of Americans are still happy when they go in person.
On November 19, the CDC considered it a high-risk activity to “shop in crowded stores right before, after or after Thanksgiving”. the CDC urged restrict personal shopping, including supermarkets. Instead, the health agency recommends that you shop online, visit outdoor markets, or use a wind van where workers will give you orders in the parking lot.
Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the festive shopping season began in the United States, with retailers offering steep discounts and significant profits.
But in this pandemic-stricken year, large retailers from Target Corp to Kohl’s Corp and Walmart launched online winter holiday promotions in October to get their holiday-related spending as early as possible.
Black Friday is expected to remain the busiest shopping day this year after retailers successfully persuade customers of early spending through big discounts in mid-October.
Overall, the National Retail Association forecasts that holiday retail sales in the U.S. will grow between 3.6% and 5.2% by 2019, from a total of $ 755.3 billion to $ 766.7 billion.
This compares with an average annual growth rate of 2.5% over the last five years.
A man leaves Macy’s after a Friday morning purchase without having to battle the Black Friday crowd
People broke into Best Buy, which opened at 5 a.m. to accommodate crowds without having to line up
There was no line in front of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue. An assistant appears, talking to a customer
Two women leave Saks Fifth Avenue on Friday morning. The store didn’t see nearly as many store shoppers
Shoppers will be carrying shopping bags on New Friday, November 27, 2020 in New York City
Online sales could make even bigger profits towards the holidays, and more than half of U.S. shoppers are expected to shop online on Black Friday.
Black Friday is projected to generate $ 10 billion in online sales, a 39 percent hit from a year ago, Adobe Analytics writes.
Cyber Monday, the Thanksgiving Monday, will be the biggest online shopping day of the year with sales of $ 12.7 billion and a 35 percent jump.
“After experiencing all of this, we believe there will be a psychological factor that can be attributed to themselves and their families for enjoying a better-than-normal vacation,” said Jack Kleinhenz, NRF’s chief economist.
“If the virus continues to spread, there is a risk to the economy, but as long as consumers remain confident and cheerful, they will spend on the holiday season.”
A Walmart spokesman said the world’s largest retailer of black and black did not sell traditional “hot-ticket doorbuster” products in stores on Friday.
But even as health officials around the world encouraged people to stay home and shop online, Walmart set aside some offers just for shoppers coming to its store – promotional items, including “in-store only” savings at Wonder Nation her daughters in $ 5 packs and boy in lingerie and socks.
The spokesman declined to comment on the ads.