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According to, “Black Friday marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Many large retailers advertise sales on popular gift items, like electronics, jewelry, and clothes. Check out these tips before you finish your Thanksgiving meal and go store hopping:

  • Read the fine print - There may be quantity limits or other conditions that apply to the sales. Report misleading ads to your state consumer protection office.
  • Compare before you shop - Compare prices for the same item between competing stores. Don’t forget to check for differences in a product’s features and accessories.
  • Research upsells - Ask if multi-year contracts, warranties, or subscriptions must be purchased in order to get the advertised offer. Don’t feel pressured to buy services that you don’t need or want.”

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Key Stats

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  • NAICS 443, Electronics and appliance stores
  • NAICS 4481, Clothing stores
  • NAICS 44831, Jewelry stores
  • NAICS 45111, Sporting goods stores
  • NAICS 45112, Hobby, toy, and game stores
  • NAICS 4521, Department stores
  • NAICS 45291, Warehouse clubs and superstores
  • NAICS 4541, Electronic shopping and mail-order houses

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Note: The table above is cropped at the bottom and the year and first-quarter payroll columns are not shown. Click on the image to see the full table.

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Source: 2017 Economic Census. Note: The U.S. Census Bureau will release 2017 Economic Census stats from September 2019 through 2021.

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Note: The table above is cropped on the right side and some columns are hidden. Click on the image to see the full table and to add geographies.

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