November 27, 2006
Heavy foot traffic is moving through the aisles of your favorite retail thanks to Black Friday last week, but stores are also making the big bucks thanks to heavy traffic on the information superhighway.
Many Americans know Black Friday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year for stores. Fewer people know of Cyber Monday. It's the busiest day for sales on the Internet.
"Oh, it's very convenient especially if you know exactly what it is you are buying," said Online Shopper Andrea Bushey.
Andrea Bushey is a local business owner who prefers shopping in person over shopping online. However, she feels it's the way to go when looking for those odds and ends.
"When it's something that is hard to find, like this book that is out of print, then online shopping is the best alternative," added Bushey.
Experts say 60 million people click with the alternative every year spending huge amounts of money.
Marianne Cole is one of those millions for the first time because she is expecting her fourth child.
"I didn't want to have to fight the crowds. It's uncomfortable and busy, and there are long lines. It makes me grouchy, and it's not part of the season," said Online Shopper Marianne Cole.
Marianne Cole finished most of her Christmas shopping online in a matter of weeks. The expecting mom is due on Christmas. She is already prepared to get one bundle of joy for Christmas, but is sure she'll get more because of bills.
"You hit click and send. You hit buy, add to my cart, add to my cart, add to my cart, add to my cart, and you don't realize it. I think you spend more."