Completely skipped Black Friday. All I bought in sales was Knights of the Old Republic 2 on Steam for like $3. I'll be waiting on Cyber Monday deals. I'm in the market for either a decent yet cheap 30"ish TV or a 20-something" monitor.
sackyhack, I made the same mistake and ended up paying more for the gifts and things I was in the market for, for my family. I think the shoppers morale of that is when something is on sale and at a good price, go ahead and get it instead of gambling on a better or lower deal because at least you have the guarantee of saving compared to what you would've spent on it otherwise compared to having to buy it at that "otherwise" price.
As we can see, plenty of Americans abided by the same motto with that absolutely massive increase in online sales, but I also feel like this year the number of online deals offered at all were much higher (and may ultimately result in the decline of cyber Monday.) If anything Online retailers taking advantage of black Friday are nullifying the temporary advantage in price and convenience in store retailers had gained for a while.
This year I saw cyber Monday to be a bit of a flop, and a re-discounting of the things that didn't sell (because not that many people wanted those products) during the black Fridaysales
I agree with you on the cyber monday products seeming like a black friday overstock sale.
Now on to the aritcle: Why did online sales go up? People are tired of getting shot to pick up a $10 tickle me elmo! Personally, I've never participated in either black friday or cyber monday, but I did follow them for the first time this year, just didn't see anything I had to have.
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