Welcome to WebProNews Breaking eBusiness and Search News
Advertise | Newsletter | Sitemap | News Feeds News Feed 
 WebProNews Search Part of the iEntry network iEntry inc. 

An Online Christmas Carol: Part III

Jason Lee Miller
Staff Writer
Published: 2005-11-30

WebProNews RSS Feed


"Christmas time…the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the [online] year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up [wallets] freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to [eBay], and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys…"

"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"

Well, that's what he said at first. But upon further evaluation, Scrooge noted that the lad may be right.

And surely he was. Though the crowd had indeed been hornswaggled, Cyber Monday was a smash success thanks to all the media hype.

MSN Shopping reported a 52 percent increase in page views and 55 percent increase in page visits compared with Cyber Monday 2004, which is weird because Cyber Monday was only invented last week.

VisaUSA recorded online charges 26 percent higher than last year, an increase that brought in $505 million. Fifteen million employees shopped online Monday, a statistic that severely upset Mr. Scrooge.

In all, according to Nielsen/Net Ratings, holiday traffic to top retail sites surged to 27.7 million visits, up over 8 million since the day before. Over 11 million of those visits were won by eBay; over 4 million by Amazon; and 3 million by Wal-Mart.

Jupiter Research is predicting that 2005 online holiday sales will reach $26 billion in the US alone.

Mr. Scrooge's icy frown seemed a bit less, well, icy, upon the news. That is a lot of money after all. He browsed the projections.

--A 394 percent increase in apparel purchases
--A 296 percent increase in home and garden
--A 211 percent increase in jewelry
--A 180 percent increase in sporting goods
--A 44 percent increase in electronics

Some of Amazon.com's biggest sellers have been Dockers khaki pants, philosophy candy cane shower gel and bubble bath, Madonna's new CD, and QuickBooks Pro 2006 Financial Software for Small Business.

"These people will buy anything!" shouted Scrooge, imagining how nice it would be if someone more generous than he would drop a little Quicken into his stocking-if he had one, which of course, he didn't. Wasteful things.

But even if he didn't get his financial software, someone would be thoughtful enough to send him a PayPal gift certificate, which is available to any site that accepts it.

Meanwhile Bob Cratchit, when old Mr. Scrooge wasn't looking of course, was searching for something lovely and handmade at Etsy.com for Mrs. Cratchit.

Mrs. Cratchitt was looking for a new way to prepare a butternut squash, and Tiny Tim, was dreaming of an Xbox 360. Although, family and butternut squash casserole was just fine with him for Christmas.

"Gates bless us! Everyone!' he shouted.

Miss the first two parts? Check out An Online Christmas Carol Part I and II.



Receive Our Daily Email of Breaking eBusiness News


About the Author:
Jason L. Miller is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

WebProNews RSS Feed

More Top News Articles

Contact WebProNews
Advertisement





TOP NEWS

Targeted Information for Business
WebProNews is part of the iEntry network

Internet Business: Marketing: Small Business:
WebProNews MarketingNewz SmallBusinessNewz
WebProWorld AdvertisingDay PromoteNews
EcommNewz SalesNewz EntrepreneurNewz

Software: Search Engines: Web Design:
WebMasterFree Jayde B2B DesignNewz
NetworkingFiles SearchZA FlashNewz
SecurityConfig SearchNewz WebSiteNotes

Developer: IT Management: Security:
DevWebPro ITManagement SecurityProNews
DevNewz SysAdminNews SecurityConfig
TheDevWeb NetworkingFiles NetworkNewz

The iEntry Network consists of over 100 web publications reaching millions of Internet Professionals. Contact us to advertise.
eBUSINESS RESOURCES






 Advertise | Contact Us | Corporate | Newsletter | Sitemap | Submit an Article | News Feeds
 WebProNews is an iEntry, Inc. ® publication - $line) { echo $line ; } ?> All Rights Reserved
About WebProNews
WebProNews is the number one source for eBusiness News. Over 5 million eBusiness professionals read WebProNews and other iEntry business and tech publications.

WebProNews provides real-time coverage of internet business.

Free Email Newsletters:
WebProNews SearchNewz
WebProWorld DevWebPro
Marketing SecurityNews
Plus over 100 other newsletters!

Send me relevant info on products and services.


WebProWorld
Ten most recent posts.

NetworkingFiles
Featured Software

WebProNews in the News
View all recent mentions of WebProNews from around the world!

Recent Articles On ...
Google eBusiness
Yahoo Ask Jeeves
MSN Blogs
Search Engines Blogging
Affiliate Programs Marketing
eCommerce Advertising
eBay Sun Microsystems
AOL Adsense
Microsoft Adwords
Oracle IBM
Amazon Apple
SEM Mac
SEO iPod
Adsense XBox
PR Adobe



iEntry.com WebProWorld RSS Feed WebProWorld Contact WebProNews Print Version Email a friend Bookmark us