The Fallout From Black Friday (…and Cyber Monday)

What did you buy? What did you want but couldn’t find? Now look at your list - - - how many items did you actually cross of your list? Two, three, maybe four things? How much money did you spend on “deals”? Was it more than anticipated? Fess up…the answer is yes!

The fallout from Black Friday and Cyber Monday is that people spent more money this year across the board. Here are a few key statistics from from Mashable via Coremetrics.

·The average online order on Black Friday jumped to $170.19, an increase of 35 percent (consumers only spent $126.04 per order on the websites last year).

·The biggest winners seem to be apparel and jewelry retailers.

·Sales for this year’s Cyber Monday beat last year by 13.7 percent.

·Cyber Monday sales topped this year’s Black Friday by 24.1 percent.

·The average dollar amount consumers spent per online order rose 38.2 percent from Cyber Monday 2008 ($180.03 versus $130.24), led by apparel retailers.

·Consumer shopping hit its peak from 12-1 p.m. EST.

Based purely on the ‘word on the street,’ the Georgetown shopping corridor was the big winner. The unseasonably warm weather helped. I wish I could find stats for Black Friday and Cyber Monday for D.C., but since I cannot, I’ll just share a few of the biggest items up for grabs based on a quick n’ dirty straw poll:

·Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy technology and accessories.

·Watches ~ I admit I grabbed a men’s Seiko utilitarian one for $65 on HauteLook!

·Faux fur sweaters and jackets ~ I have to say this is a bit concerning because true winter is only around for 10 weeks or so, so anything that isn’t cashmere will likely not hit the desired cost/wear threshold. The upside is that D.C. remains animal-cruelty free!

So, what was your best purchase?!

[All data supplied from Mashable via Coremetrics]

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