Posted by Debra Worley - email
NATIONWIDE (WECT) - After a weekend of shopping in stores, many are saying goodbye to the crowded mall and hello to the internet for Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday and marks the beginning of the online holiday shopping season. This is the day online retailers strive to offer the lowest prices and the best deals.
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While more people came out to shop during Black Friday, data shows less money was spent on average, as shoppers hunted for bargains.
According to preliminary figures released Saturday by ShopperTrak, sales rose 0.5% to $10.66 billion Friday, compared with a year ago. That was on top of a 3% increase last year.
Online sales Thursday and Friday, however, rose 11% to $913 million, according to data released Sunday by comScore, an Internet research firm.
Web retailers are on the fast track to grabbing the attention of shoppers. Free shipping and online coupons are some of the bargains that bring in customers.
Marketing gurus have started calling the season a "Twitter Christmas" as merchants have been tweeting deals and previewing discounts on Facebook pages.
The bargain website reatilmenot.com shows the best deals and offers thousands of coupons that can be used for online and in store shopping. They also provide tips on how to save money and get the best deals all year long.
The Better Business Bureau offers following online shopping tips:
Forty-four percent of holiday shoppers make purchases online and every year scammers devise online schemes to trick them into divulging personal information such as credit card numbers. BBB recommends that online shoppers:
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