Will Online Shopping Be A Hit This Holiday Season?

With the current economic climate, it would seem an easy guess that consumers may spend less this year than they did last year. But according to the Consumer Internet Barometer by The Conference Board, they indicate that online shopping may actually increase. I don’t find this hard to accept since Internet shopping is convenient, saves gas, avoids crowds and you can find low priced bargains comparable to the brick and mortar stores.

According to the article it states:

“Despite slowing retail sales in many channels this holiday season, online shopping is likely to be one of the few bright spots this holiday season,” reports Mary Brett Whitfield, Director of the Retail Forward Intelligence Systemâ„¢ of TNS Retail Forward. Online sales across retail channels are forecast to grow 9 percent this holiday season, compared with a total retail sales forecast of just 1.5 percent growth this year in the key holiday shopping retail sectors. TNS Retail Forward forecasts online sales to reach $42.5 billion in the fourth quarter, up $3.5 billion from last year. “The convenience of shopping online still resonates with many holiday shoppers, even in a slow economy,” adds Whitfield.

I have actually completed my holiday shopping early this year. Everything I have purchased including a new HDTV, a laptop computer, toys for the grand kids have all been purchased online. I have found over the years that online shopping is convenient amd having everything delivered right to my door is a time saver as well.

But what about you? Are you planning to shop online this year? Let us know.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Bruce

    Like you I have finished up my holiday shopping and it was all on-line. I detest fighting the crowds and driving around trying to find the items I want. On-line, I can take my time, price compare and read user reviews – plus no snotty check out girls that could care less – at least the on-line check out cart always has a “Thank You” line when I’m finished handing out my money! Anyway, I lost out on a few out of stock items last year by waiting until after Thanksgiving, so I went ahead “got ‘er done” this year.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Bruce,
    Two thumbs up!:-)

  • Don Naphen

    I concur with the above comments Ron. I haven’t stepped foot into a mall in years …. detest them! Car usually has scars from morons who can’t back out straight, and also the shopping carts that get rammed into it. Hate crowds and fighting mobs looking for a bargain. No thanks! All the big gun stores have a web page and I can use my spare time for other things, like enjoying the Pat’s win another game at the Club, along with a Capt. Morgan/Coke !!

    Have a great Turkey Day Ron. Appreciate your effort here as always.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Don,
    I hope you have a great holiday as well.
    All the best, Ron