We Spent More Online Yesterday Than Ever Before
Online sales jumped 21% this Cyber Monday compared to last year
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 3, 2013 9:12 AM CST
Amazon.com employees organize outbound packages at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center on Cyber Monday.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – Black Friday may have been a bit of a retail disappointment, but Cyber Monday certainly wasn't. Online sales were up 21% compared to last year, according to IBM figures as reported by the Wall Street Journal. (No media outlets seem to be reporting a final figure, but Cyber Monday spending clocked in at $1.46 billion last year, per ComScore.) "Cyber Monday is well on its way to being the biggest online shopping day in history," an analyst told USA Today before the day was done, and that does indeed seem to be the case.

Amazon and eBay saw huge gains: As of 6pm yesterday, Amazon had seen sales jump 44% from last year, and eBay sales had climbed 32%. Key to the online shopping bonanza were mobile devices, which took a 17% slice of the total online sales pie; that's up 55% year over year.

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Dec 3, 2013 2:18 PM CST
I am more of a "i know exactly what I want and I want the lowest price for it" than a random shopper so cyber shopping is awesome for me. I sometimes find it amazing who might have the lowest price at any given time. I have seen even Target have the lowest price on a camera I wanted and I just picked up a Kitchenaid Mixer online at Best Buy even.
Dec 3, 2013 10:23 AM CST
I wonder how many of those dollars poured through cyberspace and landed overseas ...
Dec 3, 2013 9:38 AM CST
Makes sense to me, you don't have to deal with those crazy crowds. And most importantly, when I see something on sale, I can actually order it and buy it. When I see a Black Friday sale at a store, they only have a few items and I never get what I wanted to buy because they are sold out. It's just a gimmick to get you into the store....total waste of time.