Shoppers Avoid Lines, Purchase Online Gifts During Cyber Monday

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

It's becoming an annual tradition for shoppers.

"The Monday after Thanksgiving is usually the biggest day for online sales," said Tom Scott of the Michigan Retailers Association. "So they've come up with a name for it and called it Cyber Monday."

Scott says Cyber Monday is the online equivalent to Black Friday in stores. He says more than 60 million Americans are expected to make some sort of Internet purchase over the holiday season, and that's nearly a 20 percent increase over last year.

But even though the numbers are climbing they are quite making an impact, yet.

"What we have to keep in mind is it's still just a fraction of retail sales," Scott said. "Sales in stores far exceeds the amount of money spent online."

But that isn't keep people from surfing the web. Scott says people wait until Monday to browse and work, using high speed connections.

"They've been in the stores and in the malls over the weekend. They get back to work on Monday and with the help of high speed connections, they do more browsing and shopping at work."

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