LivingSocial goes national with Black Friday deals

NEW YORK - Online deals service LivingSocial is going national for the holiday shopping season.

LivingSocial is best known for coupons for local restaurants, fitness classes and spas. It's unveiling two sets of deals Monday involving larger, national businesses such as Office Max, the sneaker brand Sketchers and Verizon Wireless.

LivingSocial will run special offers on Black Friday, the much-hyped shopping bonanza that takes place the day after Thanksgiving. The deals include $25 for $50 worth of Verizon devices. There's also a charity component where Toys R Us and other businesses will match $5 donations from consumers to Toys for Tots.

On Cyber Monday, the online shopping day that follows Thanksgiving weekend, LivingSocial will unveil another set of deals from online businesses such as Snapfish.

LivingSocial is based in Washington, D.C.

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