With early early, will Cyber Monday flourish?

Millions of Americans paused during the Monday after Thanksgiving to check out online deals and check off people on their holiday gift list.

The Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest online shopping day of the year, but stores are releasing internet deals earlier than ever this year as well as making them available in stores.

Black Friday began in the USA decades ago as a way of signalling the beginning of the Christmas shopping period, and has now spread into a worldwide frenzy of spending, with most retailers offering huge discounts on everything from online music to televisions.

Walmart's aggressiveness online will only become more crucial going forward. After big spending days Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is about donating whatever people might have left.

Consumers had already spent $540 million between midnight at 10:00am ET, according to Adobe.

Adobe compiles its Cyber Monday report using data collected from more than 20 billion visits to retail websites, and draws on statistics from 80 percent of all online transactions from the top 100 USA retailers.

But other days are catching up.

Adobe says consumers spent $3.34 billion shopping online on Friday, a 21.6 percent increase from the same day a year ago.

Most consumers hit online retail sites on Cyber Monday using a mobile device. Walmart offered $100 off a regularly priced $300 Power Wheels Disney Frozen Jeep Wrangler motorized toy vehicle. And they're now offering numerous same deals online as they do in stores on Thanksgiving.

On Monday, he bought an Amazon Tap smart speaker for $40 off at $90 on Amazon.com and Bluetooth stereo headphones for $30, $100 off the original price. We've seen some great deals for Xbox One, but the most notable offers thus far have been for the PS4.

Have you managed to catch your breath after all of the insane deals that swept the web during Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Retailers have now realized the power of online marketing and subsequent sales.

The Associated Press reports Target began offering holiday deals on November 1. By definition, Black Friday has always run on one day of the year.

But shoppers don't have to wait for Cyber Monday to get good deals online any more. While some deals remain exclusive to in-store purchases, there's been a surge in online-only deals to cater to those who prefer shopping from the comfort of their own homes. "Rhode Island and DE had the most local shopping search interest - searches that contained "near me", "hours" and "stores" - of any states in the nation".

E-commerce sales rose 10.8 percent for the two-day period, while sales at physical stores grew 8.6 percent, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments across different forms of payment cards from almost one million merchants Thanksgiving and Friday. Amazon says they plan to offer over 75,000 just on Monday and they will continue to offer new deals throughout the entire week.



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