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Cyber Monday set to break sales records for online shopping

7:16 PM, Nov 29, 2010   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - Monday is back to work for many after a long holiday weekend, and that means a big online shopping day.

Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year.

"Monday was the day people go back to work and retailers saw huge spikes in online advertising historically, and it just became kind of the buzz," said Chad Jaquays, co-owner of Crowdsavings.com,

Cyber Monday appeals to shoppers like Josh Bonanno, who prefers to shop online.

"I have no desire to go to the mall right now. I'm sure that will be a miserable place to be for the next month,"  Bonanno said.

Online retailers are offering up all kinds of deals that include discounts and in some cases, free shipping.

"I got free shipping from Amazon for a month and I did a lot of shopping to say the least. Everything was cheaper with free shipping," Bonanno said.

Cyber Monday sales are expected to total more than $900-million this year, and some say  sales could reach $1-billion. If that occurs, this will be the largest online shopping day in history.

"More and more people are shopping online every day and I think it's only going to continue to grow, especially as retailers become more adept at advertising and making their sites easier to use," said Douglas Bauer, co-owner of Crowdsavings.com.

With more people shopping online during Cyber Monday, shoppers beware! There are computer hackers out there looking to steal your personal information.

"You have to keep your computer safe, keep your computer secure, keep your antivirus up to date and make sure there's no malware or spyware on your computer," said Roger Elder, the owner of Elderco Computer Systems in Riverview.

According to Comscore, online shopping sites did well on Black Friday with spending up 9-percent from last year, with sales totaling over $600-million.

Melvin Beal, 10 News

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