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LONDON Britons splashed out on "Black Friday" bargains on Friday but many opted to go online rather than head to the shops for an event imported from the United States that has become a key feature of the UK retail calendar.
As some people sank into armchairs in front of the TV with one last piece of pie after Thanksgiving dinner, others brewed up a pot of coffee in preparation for a night of shopping.
Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the federal Small Business Administration, buys a toy for her granddaughter Elisa Sweet in Los Angeles.
While chain stores everywhere are trying to get you to buy things in their physical and online marketplaces, one brand decided to sell absolutely nothing.