" Convenience, I don't have to go into the store and fight with the stores and fight with the crowds" said online shopper Linda Batory. That's just one of many reasons millions of shoppers have turned to online shopping. And if you are an avid online shopper, Cyber Monday is the day to do it. " I got just about everybody on my list, I usually buy everything online" said online shopper Gerilyn Brault.
The National Retail Federation predicts more than 106-million shoppers will be looking for deals online, up 11-percent from last year. Retail leaders like Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon all offering low prices to keep buyers home on their computers. "I ended up talking to some of my family who did Black Friday shopping, and I saved more by staying home and doing online shopping" said Brault.
Shoppers are predicted to spend 6.4 percent more this holiday season over last year, and that's music to online retailers ears. " Cyber Monday was one of our busiest days last year and I think it's going to be today as well" explained LuLus.com owner Colleen Winter.
Many shoppers will be hitting larger chain retailers, but independent, locally owned business like LuLus.com com and Green Feet both of Chico offer online sales of their own. And besides offering convenience and variety for customers, it can also cut down on pollution for the planet. "Grounded shopping actually takes one tenth the energy of actually driving around to the mall and other stores in your car" explained Green Feet owner Valerie Reddemann.
And while online shopping has become a popular way to buy gifts over the holidays, there are some things you should know when using your credit cards online. Shoppers should always check the reputation of the online business with the Better Business Bureau. Never use credit cards from wifi hotspots like cafes and be sure the site is secure.