I am so over this "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" thing.
C'mon, do we have to trivialize something as important to our national psychology and economic vitality as holiday shopping is and reduce them to mere broadcast TV package slogans?
And if so, what about the rest of the days of the week? They're probably feeling a little bit left out about now.
How about "Titillating Tuesday?" "Whackamole Wednesday?" "Trashy Thursday?"
Regardless of how you refer to them, the early reports are in from Nielsen/Net Ratings' Holiday eShopping Index, an index that tracks more than 120 online retailers.
Early readings indicate overall traffic rose 12 percent on "Black Friday" over the same day before Thanksgiving last year, which is below the 29 percent in overall traffic from 2004 to 2005.
Interestingly, eBay had the most Web traffic on Friday, with over 7.5 million unique visitors, with Amazon in second at 3.4M and Wal-Mart, which recently did a complete overhaul redesign of its Web site, at 3.2M.
The way I see it, one of the best reasons for shopping online this holiday season is that it's much safer. Nobody can try to pummel me as I click over to Overstock.Com, but good luck staying bipedal in the foy-ay at Tar-Shay on Black Fri-day.
C'mon, people, it's just a 15% sale! You shouldn't start running over folks until you're getting at least 20% off!
As for the big merchandise winner, the most popular and hard-to-find toy was apparently T.M.X. Elmo.
I'm not sure what that says about our culture, but we'll save that for another day.
"T.M.X. Elmo Saturday," perhaps?[Read More]