Online Buyers Want Blenders, Not Diamonds

Luxury takes a backseat to the practical this season
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Dec 24, 2007 3:03 PM CST
A man walks past businesses that cater to high-end luxury item consumers along Rodeo Drive on December 14, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. In the midst of the biggest selling season of the year, retailers...   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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(Newser) – With a shaky economy causing consumers angst this holiday season, online e-tailers say shoppers are opting for functional over frivolous. E-sales of furniture and appliances have spiked more than 70%, while sales of jewelry, watches, and flowers have dropped, reports the New York Times. “It’s certainly counter to our expectations,” said the CEO of

ComScore, which tracks the online industry, says shoppers spent about 20% more online than last year, with affluent shoppers increasing spending 28%. Much of that spending went to home electronics, which saw a 129% bump. Analysts worry increased discounting and free shipping may cut into e-tailers’ bottom line.