Sunday, November 25, 2007

Just Another Manic Cyber Monday

If you believe, as I do, that almost everything we do societally eventually ends up with a virtual counterpart, then you are not surprised nor unfamiliar with Cyber Monday. As of Sunday night there were over 1,500 Google news articles on it with a variety of hooks covering the topic. It will be on television, all over the web of course and in the newspapers.

What is it?

Why, it is The Online After-Holiday Super Sale!!
Step back, cyber bystanders loitering around the online worlds shopping doors or you will get run over. Get ready to circle the download parking lot looking for the best spot. Watch out unsuspecting shopper, for just as you reach for that iWiiPS360 50" flat screen hard to find item, someone is likely to use a "Blade of Eternal Justice" upside your head to take it from you.

At least that's what I am reading.

Business Week reports of potential productivity losses predicted from a "Challenge, Gray and Christmas" report.

There are also growth and sales forecasts from a variety of stores, comparisons of shopping online to shopping in the flesh, pointers for online shoppers and ((you better watch out) for goodness sake) even a list of Oprah's favorite things for Cyber Monday.

Some of the retailers are even bending reality. According to one report, Best Buy is starting Cyber Monday ..... a day early. Which I would imagine makes it Cyber Sunday, or the day before Cyber Monday day.

But whether manufactured or not, as the red suited gentleman tossing candy from the last float of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade can attest, yes Virginia, there is a Cyber Monday. (This last sentence brought to you by The Magic of Macy’s: Cyber Monday Exclusive Web-Busters!)

At least according to Shop.org, which is part of the U.S. trade association National Retail Federation, and the originator of the term in 2005.

3 comments:

Deb said...

Nice Monday post! I don't feel my Monday post is up to par for some reason, but oh well. Please come by and read my blog, let me know what you think! Have a great week!

Cinderella said...

Hi Mr. Fry, Heather and I are reading the same book for our presentation, The Virtual Community and we forgot to ask you if it is okay if we do our presentation together. We know that it would have to be probably longer than the others to make up for the fact that we would be doing it as a team. Is this okay??? Sorry to ask so late!
-Tiphany

Andrew Fry said...

That would be fine.