Augusta, Georgia – People are gearing up for the biggest online shopping day of the year. The deals have started and shoppers were out this weekend, but some people would rather get their gifts online from the comfort of their homes. News Channel 6 reports on the blurred lines between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday, a phrase coined in 2005, was created to encourage people to shop online. Now a decade later, some retailers are starting their online deals on Sunday night.
Cyber Monday Deals here… reads this sign in front of Best Buy, but that’s not the only store people are keeping an eye on.
“Hhgreg, Target, Walmart,” said Erin Price, who was out shopping on Sunday.
“Amazon, stuff like that.” Davin Blaine, told WJBF News Channel 6.
Some say Black Friday was only a preview of the best deals you could score, on all those holiday gifts on your list, but it could be an all out cyber war for shoppers on Monday.
“Sometimes the good deals are gone early. Yea, I think people kind of wait for midnight to hit and then they get going. So, you kind of… If you wait too long then the good stuff might be gone,” Price said.
With just a few clicks, all your shopping could be done and this simplicity appeals to many people.
“The mass shopping kind of deters me because I don’t like the crowds,” Wells Lang, a shopper said.
“Well yea because you don’t have to fight the crowds and you don’t have to pack the kids up and everything like that, but you just have to start early.” Price told WJBF News Channel 6.
Yet, some deal seekers say waiting for Cyber Monday sometimes isn’t worth it.
“It just kind of depends on what it is. If it’s something that I just have to have then I don’t know if I want to take the risk of it being gone on the internet. It seem like you are competing against the whole country or the whole world versus just your city that you’re living in,” Price added.
Even with amazing deals, beating the crowds, and free shipping and handling, some people just prefer doing their shopping the old fashion way.
“Me personally, I’m kind of like, I like to buy something and have it in my hands versus waiting,” Blaine said.
According to ComScore, last year’s Cyber Monday generated more than $2 billion dollars in online sales. That made Cyber Monday 2014 the heaviest online spending day in history and the first to surpass $2 billion in sales.