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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
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