CYBER MONDAY-NOVEMBER 26 2012….Phyllis Billingsley


Do you like to shop in your PJ’s at 3:00 AM?  I do too.  This year Cyber Monday truly started on November 20 for many stores, with large discounts for pre-Black Friday Online Shopping.  Nearly all “bricks and mortar” retail stores also sell Online.  This year many are offering big discounts, free shopping, and Online coupons galore.  This morning ABC News says Online shopping this season is already 21% higher than last year.


If prior years are any indication, Cyber Monday stacks up to being THE BIGGEST ONLINE SHOPPING DAY of the year for the third straight year.   Shoppers buy for others, but also buy for themselves, especially electronics and jewelry.


According to The New York Times, the name Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of otherwise productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to the internet at work on Monday and buying what they liked.  More than half of the dollars spent Online originated from work computers.


Whether to take advantage of the extensive Cyber Monday deals offered by retailers or to buy gifts away from prying eyes of family members, Cyber Monday has become an annual ritual for America’s Online holiday shoppers.  In 2011, comScore reported that Cyber Week saw US consumers spend over $6 billion Online from November 28 to December 2.  They expect 2012 to top this.


Here are a few sites to check out. – This is the world’s largest Online retailer.  It started as an Online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry.  It went Online in 1995.  Revenue in 2011 topped $48 billion. – According to the Bits Blog (New York Times), Google shopping has been given a makeover in time for holiday shopping—and is starting to look more like – This is the world’s largest retailer with Cyber Week Specials.


Remember, most retailers are also Online.  Just type in the name of the store in your search engine or the name of the product you want.  Happy Cybershopping.



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