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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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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.

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