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WRAL SmartShopper

As cyber shopping becomes more common, Cyber Monday loses some punch

Posted November 30, 2015

Retailers rolled out some deals for Cyber Monday, but the shopping holiday is losing some of its luster.

Ten years after the term was coined for shoppers who returned to work (and high-speed internet) after the Thanksgiving weekend only to continue their shopping, digital deals extend throughout the holiday season.

Shoppers, many of them now with that high-speed internet connection in their pocket, are online all the time, and retailers have been promoting online deals since the beginning of November.

Still, Monday was expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates of $3 billion in sales.

Among the local stores cashing is in Southern Season, the foodie and chef's delight with locations in Chapel Hill and Raleigh's Cameron Villages. The company does about 10 percent of its sales year-round online.

To encourage holiday shoppers, it offered free shipping through the Thanksgiving weekend. That was enough to see online shoppers making big purchases and visiting the Southern Season website, General Manager Patti Thomas said.

"They are going online and doing their shopping online today anyway. We have the good fortune of being online and having a presence and have many things people are searching for, so they do go to Southern Season online," she said.

Thomas said she expects to see online sales increas by at least 10 percent over last year.

The very first "Cyber Monday" brought in an extra 26 percent of sales for retailers.


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 1, 2015

    jdouglas13 - and lunch - you don't have to ask twice! :-)

  • jdouglas13 Dec 1, 2015

    I hear you Faye. My Mom hated shopping with a passion, but I'd give anything for one more day. We should do lunch and shopping one day, my friend, and I'll give you a big Mama-Bear hug.

  • thelibertinefiles Dec 1, 2015

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    That retailer sells third world produced junk. Hope you're not someone who complains about American jobs going overseas because you directly contribute to the core problem by subsidizing these companies.

  • thelibertinefiles Dec 1, 2015

    When will anyone in the media have the guts to call this what it really is: fall out from years of a depressed economy under the incompetent leadership in DC?

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 30, 2015

    GranOFTwenty - I am so glad you posted about your comments mix-up. I kept wondering how I had missed ThomasG's post. And I agree - my mom and I used to go out on Black Friday later in the day to enjoy the time together and do lunch and I wish more than anything I could have another day like that with her.

    Thanks to all who posted helpful deal-related info!

  • GranOFTwenty Nov 30, 2015

    My apologizes- my age is showing tonight -
    I had two website open and I was reading ThomasG's volunteering stories at anotherr website and commented at the wrong place !!
    Pleas forgive this old lady ...

  • observant Nov 30, 2015

    Even though my Christmas shopping is virtually done ( ha-ha) , I did do some looking today on my own time ( tablet/computer/smartphone) . Some items I wanted were sold out , some higher priced than last week but there were some very good deals ( especially with the Swagbucks triple SBs and the swagup bonus ) .

    Happy Holidays !

  • GranOFTwenty Nov 30, 2015

    what a nice story ThomasG !
    Those are certainly priceless memories all the ladies have now of those times together !

  • GranOFTwenty Nov 30, 2015

    For some the joy of Christmas is the lights, the crowds and family .
    My mother and all her "girls" ( daughter, daughter-in-laws, grand daughters ; aunts and nieces sometimes too )- used to go out on Black Friday . They hardly ever bought a thing - they just enjoyed getting out together and maybe having a nice lunch or dinner together once a year . It was their time and I wish they had it again ...

  • theorganicknowledgetree Nov 30, 2015

    This country ALWAYS has the money to buy USELESS new things during the holiday season (and SIT in front of a screen for hours in order to do so) but ALWAYS complain that it is too expensive to invest in organic fruits and vegetables and gym memberships. It is clear what this country’s PRIORITIES are during this time of the year. According to a 2014 CDC report on PREMATURE DEATH in AMERICA, nearly 900K people DIE from 5 SPECIFIC CAUSES that are completely PREVENTABLE. With the exception of physical accidents and smoking deaths, the TOP 3 of the 5 are caused by a very common American lifestyle: POOR DIET and LACK OF EXERCISE. Those 3 are HEART DISEASE, CANCER, and STROKE. In ALL of these cases, having DIABETES leads to the onset of any one of the TOP 3!!! Even with CDC reports like this, even with them CONSTANTLY WARNING about Americans NOT GETTING ANY HEALTHIER, even with PRODUCT RECALLS, BIRD FLU and E.Coli SCARES, even with the US being the 27th FATTEST Country in the world with 66.