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Move over, Black Friday: These are the best Singles Day 2019 deals available now

"Melva Cuellar" (2020-08-06)

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The 11/11 Global Shopping Festival, or Singles Day for short, generates more online sales than Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Prime Day put together.

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Updated Nov. 11 at 9:26 a.m. PT with the latest Singles Day and Veterans Day offers and deals available now. Most expire at the end of today. 

With almost , China's yearly 24-hour 11/11 Global Shopping Festival is now bigger than Thanksgiving, , and the weekend in between . Adobe Analytics predicts this year's five-day Thanksgiving weekend will drive about $29 billion in online sales. So, why have so few Americans even heard of Singles Day?

The history of the world's biggest shopping day of the year begins with a much smaller, lonelier numeral -- the number 1. The unofficial Chinese holiday celebrated every Nov. 11 started out as Singles Day in 1993, when in China's Jiangsu province began hosting singles parties meant to counter the negative social stigma associated with singlehood. Since this was a holiday designed to bring singles together,