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Black Friday can be scary for shoppers in retail stores
Amazon had more visitors than any other ecommerce site

The official kick off to the holiday shopping season for many is Black Friday. Typically, Black Friday is associated with hoards of shoppers filling up retail stores looking for deals on all sorts of items. Black Friday also sees some significant online spending as well.

Computerworld reports that Amazon grabbed more traffic than any other site on Black Friday. ComScore reports that Amazon was the clear winner on Black Friday with 25% more visitors to its site than the same day in 2009. Walmart, Target, and Best Buy all saw heavy traffic on Black Friday with more than 4 million unique visitors each. Target only had a 9% increase in visitors, Best Buy had a 1% increase, and Walmart increased 1% all compared to 2009.

Online shoppers spent a grand total of $648 million in the U.S. making Black Friday the heaviest online shopping day of 2010 (so far). That number is 9% higher than the amount shoppers spent online on Black Friday 2009.

"Although Black Friday is known for the flurry of activity occurring in brick-and-mortar retail stores, online shopping is increasingly becoming the refuge of those preferring to avoid the crowds and long lines," said Gian Fulgoni, comScore chairman, in a statement. "Interestingly, we are also seeing consumers beginning to buy online in a more meaningful way on Thanksgiving Day, which has historically seen low buying activity."

Overall holiday spending is expected to be up 11% compared to 2009. The nation was in the grips of a very bad economy in 2009 so it’s no surprise that holiday shopping is more robust in 2010. 

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What about....
By LordSojar on 11/29/2010 1:10:54 PM , Rating: 3
Newegg? Surely they had some amazing turnout for their Black Friday deals (which were absolutely amazing I might add)

I know they won't be on par with Amazon in sheer numbers, but as for percentage versus last year, surely they should be measured in this metric (being solely an e-tail store like Amazon)

RE: What about....
By Nehemoth on 11/29/2010 1:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
When I said leftover from Black Friday, Sadly, I was referring to Newegg.

I like they all the time specials, services and support but I was really disappointed of this cyber monday from NewEgg.

From they're facebook page I can see I am not the only one

RE: What about....
By Mitch101 on 11/29/2010 1:32:00 PM , Rating: 2
I was disappointed with black Friday on NewEgg this year or for most places overall. I honestly didn't see any real door busters at least anything I was looking for.

At least with NewEgg you just need to wait a week or two for what your looking for to go on sale.

RE: What about....
By Shig on 11/29/2010 1:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully more news comes out like this to prop up the stock market, getting killed!

RE: What about....
By AssBall on 11/29/2010 2:29:51 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't they doing cyber monday sales anyway though? Are those better than black friday for online?

RE: What about....
By quiksilvr on 11/29/2010 3:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately no. In order for online to compete they (usually) have incredible Black Friday deals and anything left over is on Cyber Monday, which is where a lot of the Black Friday left overs get sold.

RE: What about....
By Breathless on 11/29/2010 3:51:04 PM , Rating: 4
Really? I thought their deals were pretty terrible... Really, really crappy. They should have tried to have all sorts of SSD deals. Sadly, I saw none that tempted or were really even reduced at all. They had a couple of TV's, peripherals, blah blah blah, but nothing that said "WHOA, I gotta jump on this".

RE: What about....
By MCKENZIE1130 on 11/29/10, Rating: -1
Amazon Rocks
By cknobman on 11/29/2010 2:31:42 PM , Rating: 2
Amazon's black friday deals blew the shit out of everyone else's deals.

So far off Amazon I have picked up the LG blue ray w/built in wifi for $127 and the 42' 1080p LCD TV for $299. Tv arrives today (out for delivery now).

Newegg's deals overall have royally sucked this year. I am afraid Newegg has gotten to big for their own good and they no longer offer the best pricing overall like they used too.

RE: Amazon Rocks
By AssBall on 11/29/2010 2:53:54 PM , Rating: 1
If that TV price is actually true, that is crazy. I payed $1300 for my 32" 780p Aquos a few years ago.

RE: Amazon Rocks
By Xaussie on 11/29/2010 5:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
Their deals were good but it's the customer service that keeps me looking to them first for anything I'm buying. Picked up Photoshop CS5 upgrade for $139 over the weekend which is a killer deal. Most times even Ebay can't beat their prices, and shipping speeds are always better from Amazon (stuff I ordered over the weekend will all arrive Tuesday and Wednesday this week with free shipping).

RE: Amazon Rocks
By boobo on 11/30/2010 10:46:00 AM , Rating: 2
My favorite Amazon feature is that they allow bad reviews to be posted immediately and stay on every product page. It's easy to take that for granted, but when Amazon started it, it was completely unheard of.

RE: Amazon Rocks
By cknobman on 11/30/2010 10:16:40 AM , Rating: 2
Well the TV arrived last night.

It works great, no problems or dead pixels.

Quality of picture not the best out there but good enough for only $299!!!!!

Amazon has yet to let me down.

Not a big deal
By Ammohunt on 11/29/2010 2:18:02 PM , Rating: 3
That number is 9% higher than the amount shoppers spent online on Black Friday 2009.

factor in inflation and the cost increase in goods due to many factors; that 9% is not significant and in no way a measure of spending.

RE: Not a big deal
By foolsgambit11 on 11/29/2010 2:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say that Black Friday sales aren't really that important, and aren't a good measure of spending in any year. But the combination of monetary inflation and the increase in the CPI is about 2% over the last year, so this was still a significant increase over last year. Just a significant increase in an insignificant yardstick.

Real Black Friday
By Nehemoth on 11/29/2010 12:52:43 PM , Rating: 2
I can tell you, Amazon had a great and real Black Friday with a lot of specials. Even today they have great NEW things; all other stores are just selling black friday leftover.

I grabbed several thing and I live outside USA. Sadly I couldn't find any good offer for a 2TB hard Drive like the WD2001FASS.

RE: Real Black Friday
By AmbroseAthan on 11/29/2010 1:54:06 PM , Rating: 2
Amazon has been having some great sales for the Holidays. I wasn't planning on buying anything Friday, but they had Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10's on sale for $94.99 (MSRP $400). They are at $300+ on a Google shopping search now.

Some of their Lightening Deals have been very good also. I have seen a bunch of deals which were tempting me on things I don't even need (like the headphones above).

By btc909 on 11/30/2010 12:44:49 AM , Rating: 1
Stop smoking CRACK. The Newegg Pre Black Friday, Black Friday, Ultra Secret Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales were all garbage. A cheap Windows 7 notebook that is only 32 bit, no "NEW" Netbooks this year in a decent color. White, who the hell wants a White Netbook? Whats the deal with the refurbished crap? I found more stuff at Staples like I did last year & if you were bright enough to walk in with a working junker XP, Vista, or Windows 7 system you can take another $100 off instantly on any HP desktop or laptop. Gotta love a Windows 7 64 bit desktop for $199 + tax. had some good deals but it wasn't advertised very well.

Bestbuy was another joke except for that 6GB HP doorbuster system.

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