Cyber Monday

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

Behind your spreadsheet or your memo, there's a new temptation lurking. A laptop on sale, TVs for next to nothing, and likely on this Monday, you won't even pay shipping.

"E-commerce has been around a while, but now we're more comfortable with technology, and the technology is getting better," says Larry Meyer, Michigan Retailers Association.

As each year passes in this new century, the trend is growing by leaps and bounds. ComScore Networks says from 2003 to 2004, online holiday sales spiked 29 percent. This year, industry experts predict another 24 percent jump.

For the industry, it's just another avenue, and Meyer says, a predictor, but there is a talk about just where sales are being made. More than a third of adults surveyed by Shop.org say they'll do their buying from a workplace computer.

We checked with some of mid-Michigan's biggest employers. The state of Michigan and MSU's Internet policies don't mention online shopping, though they say any personal use in excess is discouraged. At Sparrow hospital, many shoppers websites are actually blocked. They say non-business use of the Internet violates company policy.

The Internet guru's say this Cyber Monday will break records, but expect the e-tailing to continue. Meyer reminds us it's a relatively new way of doing business with room for growth, and still 26 shopping days till Christmas.


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