BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For many of you, it may be one of your least productive days at work. Cyber Monday has millions surfing the web looking for holiday deals.
Adam May has a look at the change in shopping habits.
This year, online shopping is already breaking records. Despite record crowds hitting the stores on Black Friday, many holiday shoppers held off until now.
“Oh, I found a really good deal,” said Cindy Wright.
Wright is one of hundreds of Cyber Monday shoppers using computers at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
“In the store, the gift would be $50-something. On the Internet, it was $25,” said Kelly Brown.
About 129 million people hit the web instead of the mall.
“I like to jump around and see what’s out there that’s a little different,” said Denise Auclaire.
Online sales have already hit the $1 billion mark this season. Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target and Apple were among the most-visited online retailers, but Amazon.com led the pack.
“We feel good about the season. We feel this is going to be our best holiday season to date,” said Craig Berman, Amazon.com.
Since Cyber Monday is getting so competitive, experts say in order to shop smart, you should make a list, set up online accounts in advance and use websites like Google to compare prices.
“It will automatically pop up and see if there is any other better price on that product that you can find across the web,” said Donald Bell, CNET.
That’s important to Denise Auclaire, a grandmother who was recently laid off from her job.
“All the more reason to find good deals,” she said.
According to the National Retail Federation, the average online shopper already spent $200 this weekend.