Gone are the days when people used to shop on Black Friday as if there was no tomorrow. The rapidly expanding world of the Internet has also given birth to an interesting day referred to as the 'Cyber Monday'.
Created by retailers in order to encourage more online shopping – a culture that is increasingly gaining popularity in the 21st century – Cyber Monday is the Monday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday during which many people go online to shop.
However, despite popular belief, the day is not the busiest online shopping day of the year. Online shopping tends to spike during the days near to Christmas.
Here are 10 Interesting trivia, or fun facts for you to know about Cyber Monday:
- Cyber Monday was a term first invented via a press release in 2005 by Shop.org.
- The press release cited a research that reportedly said 77 percent of online retailers witnessed a surge in their sales on the Monday following the Thanksgiving weekend.
- The Cyber Monday of 2010 was reported to be the highest spending day of the year ($1.028 billion) but not always..
- In fact, the day is supposed to be only about the 12th busiest online shopping day of the year, although the online shopping culture has definitely increased over the years.
- There is a general consensus that the busiest shopping day falls about 10 days prior to Christmas somewhere in mid-December.
- Another day added to the list of consumerism is called 'Green Monday'. Started by eBay, it is the 2nd Monday of December when it is believed maximum people indulge in online shopping.
- According to estimates, Cyber Monday sales have increased by $100 million each year since 2005.
- Usually people are offered the same deals on Cyber Monday as on Black Friday, the only difference being they don't have to face the rush, shoving and pushing of Friday shopping in stores.
- Maximum traffic to retail websites is said to come from people at work.
- Many employees have been fired for using official computers or shopping during working hours. In 2011, for example, 22 percent employees were fired for using the internet for non-work activities throughout the year.