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Putting Cyber Monday In Perspective – Infographic

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You’ve probably heard the news that 2012’s Cyber Monday was huge…to the tune of $1.98Billion spent according to Adobe’s Digital Index analysis, but just how big is that really? Rural Internet provider, Broadband Blue, has come up with and infographic that helps put some perspective behind Cyber Monday sales. As it turns out, online spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday was more than the annual profit of some of the biggest Foturne 500 companies including Coca-Cola, Xerox, CBS and Southwest Airlines! Mobile sales also grew enough to outpace the annual GDP of entire countries.

Cyber Monday in Perspective [Infographic]

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16 Comments

  1. December 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    Who says the American consumer is broke? :) Those are some crazy numbers! I like how the laptop image with google shows the actual searches even though the autocomplete wouldn’t do that :) Very creative!

    • December 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm — Reply

      That is what I am saying. I am glad Broadband Blue put it together as it is an excellent infographic.

      • December 7, 2012 at 8:47 am — Reply

        Some staggering numbers in the infographics. One thing to note is that people generally hold off their purchases of electronic items when its close to Black Friday or Cyber Monday and buy it when they are getting a good deal

        • December 7, 2012 at 10:44 am — Reply

          I agree. Most people think they are getting great deals during this time, so they wait. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and they might end up spending more.

    • December 7, 2012 at 10:11 am — Reply

      I always think that, Veronica~! I am always hearing that everyone is broke….yet I am always seeing excessive spending. What gives?!?!?!

      • December 7, 2012 at 10:54 am — Reply

        I don’t know where this money is coming from, but I am sure it is probably mostly plastic. After this shopping spree, we will see the average household debt increase.

  2. December 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    Nice info graphic! I agree that a lot of it does come down to the proliferation of smart phone users. Having access to apps like Amazon just make it too dang easy.

    • December 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm — Reply

      I completely agree John. The smartphone has allowed us to keep connected and find the best deals, no matter where we are.

  3. December 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    This is only going to increase every year. People love the convenience of shopping online. And PayPal, well they are just making a killing with the fees they charge.

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm — Reply

      I agree. I work in ecommerce, so I see it on a daily basis. People like the convenience of online shopping. The only thing that will affect it is when online sales taxes get implemented. These will be coming soon.

  4. December 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm — Reply

    Online shopping is here to stay! It’s not just great for Christmas shopping. It’s great for all year long shopping too! I wonder if they’ll ever figure out how we could grocery shop online. I think this would be great, but it’s way too cumbersome so far. It needs to be just like browsing on each aisle and throwing things into the cart as you go. Keeping things fresh like produce and meat is a challenge. Would it be pick up or delivery? I’m sure they’ll get this figured out in the next decade. No one will ever leave the house to go shopping again!

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm — Reply

      They are doing much better with online groceries, especially Amazon. They will be the first to break through the barrier.

  5. Justin@TheFrugalPath
    December 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm — Reply

    Christmas shopping makes me more and more sick every year. I think I’ll finally be happy when the trend goes the other way. Although then I’m sure it would cause a recession or something since we’re so reliant on overspending.

    • December 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm — Reply

      I completely agree Justin. I think this “holiday” has become over-commercialized and has been lost to retailers. I plan on taking the holiday back when my son is born and teaching him about the real meaning of the holiday. We will see how it goes.

  6. December 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm — Reply

    Those are really some incredible figures. Believe it or not, I did zero shopping online but did spend some money at brick-and-mortar locations.

    • December 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm — Reply

      Brick-and Mortar locales need love too. I did all of my shopping online and saved a good amount. It works for me!

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