Black Friday is back but it’s not what it used to be

  • Black Friday shoppers wearing face masks shop at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., on Friday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Black Friday shoppers wait in line to enter an electronics store that opened at 5 a.m. in the Dallas suburb in Frisco, Texas, on Friday. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

  • FILE Black Friday shoppers walk past Macy's flagship store, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in New York's Herald Square. Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on businesses and shoppers' minds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

  • FILE - Black Friday shoppers wear face masks and gloves during the coronavirus pandemic as they leave the Uniqlo store along Fifth Avenue, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in New York. Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on businesses and shoppers' minds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

  • Black Friday shoppers, wearing face masks, wait in line to enter a store at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

NEW YORK — On this year’s Black Friday, things almost seem normal.