By Adam Iscoe
Tis the season. Wreaths have edged out flint corn. Chestnut-praline lattes have replaced pumpkin spice. Fox News took a shot at President Biden for putting up his Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. But, despite RSV and another round of covid, cheer abounds. Mayor Adams even decided to close Fifth Avenue to vehicles for a few Sundays so that people could shop without getting mowed down by an e-bike.
Now it’s time to spend, even if the economists can’t quite make up their mind whether or not it’s a good idea. On Black Friday, roughly a hundred and sixty-six million Americans kicked off the shopping season by spending a record-breaking nine billion dollars online. On Cyber Monday, shoppers could find deals on just about everything—a Dyson hair dryer (four hundred and twenty-five dollars, from Sephora), a private flight from Paris to Munich (0.4914 bitcoins), a sixty-five-inch-tall plush unicorn (a thousand dollars, from F. A. O. Schwarz)—including a bunch of odds and ends that the government was trying to unload.
The goods were available on such auction Web sites as PublicSurplus.com and GovDeals.com. (Local pickup only. Payment due within five business days.)