KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Black Friday tradition of long lines and competitive shopping had many locals spending their holiday time at stores.
But there's a National Shopping Day that's edging out Black Friday and it all happens online.
Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving when retailers offer big deals online. It's becoming increasingly popular and many people are choosing to give up the chaos of Black Friday for the more peaceful shopping experience on the computer. Websites advertise tons of deals to catch the attention of the online buyer.
Holiday shopping deals are moving from the mall to online. A growing number of people are choosing the comfort of home instead of crammed stores.
According to Shop.org's eHoliday survey a record 85% of online retailers will offer special deals on Cyber Monday, up from 78% last year.
"Deals are just as good online for stuff that's available today on Black Friday so I'm figuring Cyber Monday, same kind of deal you just find what you're looking for online and most of it is all free shipping to your doorstep. You don't have to hassle with the crowds and the people and the craziness," said Cameron Andersen, shopper.
A study by PriceGrabber.com found out that almost half of all Thanksgiving shoppers will shop online this Monday.
Some people are disappointed with the picked over sale items on Black Friday and prefer the online experience.
"Everybody gets up really early to go shopping so there's not much left so you can't expect so much in store's so next thing to go to is Cyber Monday on the internet," said Andrea Alaniz, shopper.
Even if people look online for deals the holiday shopping experience still brings many out to the stores.
"I like to shop online but I also like to shop in store too, especially during the holidays because when I'm in I like to go in the stores because then you get more of the Christmas spirit with the Christmas music going and all that," said Cindy Burright, shopper.
Shoppers who want to buy on Cyber Monday can already check out the deals online.
Monday is a work day but that isn't stopping people from shopping. The National Retail Federation says 72 million people are expected to shop for holiday gifts online from the office.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:40 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:40:56 GMT
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