Peter Kafka

Recent Posts by Peter Kafka

A Bunch of You Clicked the "Buy" Button on Black Friday

Officially, the holiday shopping e-commerce boom isn’t supposed to kick off until tomorrow, on “Cyber Monday”. But that’s silly and inaccurate: Americans have spent $11.6 billion online shopping since November 2, says Comscore. That’s a 13 percent bump over last year’s total. And on “Black Friday”, when shoppers are traditionally supposed to be storming brick-and-mortar stores, plenty of you headed to Amazon and other online outlets: E-commerce sales were up 9 percent, to $648 million.


Latest Video

View all videos »

Search »

Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus