Did you know that 75% of Canadians live within 150 kilometers of the United States border? With the dollar being so close to par surveys are finding an increasing number of Canadians looking to participate in the pending Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping boom this year.
This year Black Friday is November 27 (the day after American Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday is the following Monday.
The Vancouver Sun reports: Black Friday and Cyber Monday are gaining prominence among Canadian shoppers with close to 40 per cent of Canadians planning to cross the border to shop or buy online from US retailers during the American Thanksgiving weekend at the end of this month.
A new Black Friday and Cyber Monday poll conducted by H+K Perspectives and Public Opinions Inc and commissioned by The Source, found that two out of three Canadians polled are considering tech-related gift-giving and many are looking to start shopping for these items this Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Neilsen reports that “On both days, more than half (56%) of shoppers are planning to spend between $100 and $500 dollars. And on Black Friday, 30% of consumers plan to spend $250-$500 on holiday purchases.”
A new survey from IPG Media says employers can expect around 1 million employees calling in sick as a cover for shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The survey also finds that 2.3 million Canadians plan to shop during work hours on Cyber Monday with laptops remaining the most popular tool.
So just how do these two shopping “holidays” stack up in the battle of the sexes? A recent English-language Nielsen survey asked both men and women shoppers and found some interesting differences. … On both days, more than half (56%) of shoppers are planning to spend between $100 and $500 dollars. And on Black Friday, 30% of consumers plan to spend $250-$500 on holiday purchases. … Pass the Turkey and the Car Keys: Retailers Brace for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday started in 2005 and sales have grown impressively since then. This year Cyber Monday is poised to break online shopping records. This year holiday shoppers are expected to buy more online and be more mobile.
My hubby and I aren’t holiday shoppers and neither are our friends. Years ago we all decided shopping madness wasn’t for us and opted out of exchanging gifts. Unlike the majority of those Canadian who were surveyed, we won’t be joining either the cross border stampede or the online stampede to shop on either Black Friday or on Cyber Monday.
How about you? Are you preparing to shop on Black Friday, on Cyber Monday or on both days this year?
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