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December 06, 2013 2 min read

Cyber Monday 2013 has been confirmed as the biggest online shopping day ever!  Online sales reached $1.735 billion, up 18% from Cyber Monday 2012.

chart of sales on cyber monday black friday

In honor of this record-breaking day, I compiled a list of fun facts for you....

15 Fun Facts About Cyber Monday and Online Shopping

1. "Cyber Monday" was born in 2005.  Shop.org - a division of the National Retail Foundation - created the term to reflect the huge spike in online shopping that occurs the Monday after Thanksgiving.

graphic black blue and white2. 27.7 million people shopped online on Cyber Monday in 2005.

3. Sales on Cyber Monday were $484 million in 2005 vs. $1.735 billion in 2013.

4. 17% of shoppers used mobile devices to purchase things on Cyber Monday 2013, an increase of 55% from 2012.

shepherd buying Christmas gifts on ipad

5. New Yorkers spent the most money online for this year's Cyber Monday, according to IBM.  Next on the list: Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

6. In 2012, online shopping peaked at 11:25am EST, and the average order was $185.12 on Cyber Monday.

7. Cyber Monday sales through the years:
    • 2005  -  $484 Million
    • 2006  -  $608 Million
    • 2007  -  $733 Million
    • 2008  -  $846 Million
    • 2009  -  $887 Million
    • 2010  -  $1.028 Billion
    • 2011  -  $1.251 Billion
    • 2012  -  $1.465 Billion
  • 2013  -  $1.735 Billion

8. The Top 50 Countries for online shoppers as of July 2013:

Ranking of highest countries for shopping online
Source: Cushman & Wakefield "Global Perspective on Retail: Online Retailing", July 2013

9. Shoppers spend an average of $100 on themselves while doing their holiday shopping.

10. According to retail studies, customers may leave a store, even if they're interested in making a purchase, because of the "butt brush" - a term for invasion of a customer's personal space.

people shopping at store in underwear

11. Shoppers average 5 trips to the mall to get all of their gifts during the holiday season.

12. Last minute shopper?  Me too!  Don't feel guilty.... 40% of the entire holiday season sales are made between December 15-24.

twas the night before christmas shopping funny cartoon

bag full of presents


By Jennie S.

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