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It's always Black Friday on the Internet

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A man looks at a Cyber Monday advertisement on his laptop computer in Los Angeles, California on November 30, 2009. After a modest start to the US holiday shopping season with "Black Friday," online retailers are looking to "Cyber Monday" for a boost in sales. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans spent 41.2 billion dollars over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, seen as the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season, compared to 41.0 billion dollars a year ago. (ROBYN BECK)

The best of the Web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

It's Always Black Friday On The Internet

Buying from online classified websites like Craigslist can save you a tonne of money. Here's a list of the 25 best things to buy on Craigslist, including exercise equipment, tools and books.

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On The Road

A look at whether it makes financial sense to use a car sharing service, a more flexible alternative to car rentals.

Insurer Aviva Canada notes that car insurance claims almost double during the winter. Drive carefully and save yourself the cost and hassle of an accident.

Good As Gold?

Exchange-traded funds holding gold bullion have become a popular way for investors to add gold exposure to their portfolios. But how exactly do these gold ETFs work? Here’s a look at the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD-NYSE), which is now the world’s second-largest ETF by assets.

Speaking of gold, here’s a blog post that uses long-term gold prices – that’s really long, as in back to 1264 – to forecast what might be ahead in 2012.

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