November 29, 2005

GEORGE BUSH TRANSFORMED THE MIDDLE EAST AND ALL I GOT WAS AN ECONOMIC BOOM:

Cyber shopping for holidays takes off (Laura Petrecca, 11/28/05, USA TODAY)

Sales and traffic indications were positive for the post-Thanksgiving Monday. Online traffic Monday afternoon tracked more than 30% higher than an average Monday, based on results from sites monitored by Akamai Technologies. Akamai, which delivers Web content for more than 200 e-commerce sites, said the peak came from 3:30 to 4 p.m. ET, when 1.8 million users per minute visited the sites it tracks.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2005 7:33 AM
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The msm came to their senses after reporting a record après T-bird shopping weekend and started backpedaling like crazy. They really should just don't tell the truth because it'll be known soon enough anyway.

I don't know if we're anything like typical, but I've already done virtually all my Christmas* shopping on line. No doubt, there'll be some augmentation at local stores, but by far the largest amount we'll spend this year went to the large merchandisers on line.

*The word, "Christmas," is being used here in a secular sense only and any resemblance to a religious holiday by the same name is purely coincidental.

Posted by: erp at November 29, 2005 10:13 AM

The main talking point for the big media outlets on Monday was the 0.9 percent decline in mall store sales from last year, while ignoring the 3.4 percent rise in charges as reported by Visa. The difference is both online sales and the specialty box stores can sell items for less and have a larger variety of items than you can fit into your average mall retail space. So while there are still some things you go to a mall to buy, it's not 1990 anymore in the world of retailing.

Considering how much those on the left have detested malls, as the embodiment of the polluting car culture, you would think they would celebrate this change in consumer shopping patterns. But that won't happen at the very least until the Christmas 2008 shopping season, and that will depend on who wins that November's election.

Posted by: John at November 29, 2005 10:29 AM

No one shops at malls anymore. They're too crowded.

Posted by: Yogi Berra at November 29, 2005 4:59 PM
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