Cyber Monday to Draw in Millions of Shoppers

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Shoppers have a chance to cross gifts off their holiday shopping lists, and they can sit on the couch and wear pajamas for this shopping trip. It’s called Cyber Monday.

Online shopping is a popular way to get the products people need all year round, but during the holiday season, online shopping is at its peak. 20% of all holiday shopping is expected to be completed from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, with more and more sales online each year.

“I don’t have to leave my house. Just put in my credit card and I’m done,” said Angela Kelley, of Washington, PA.

“I don’t like the crowds and the traffic. And I think you get just as good of deals and you don’t have to deal with the masses, and the people, and the fighting, and the stress so, it’s much easier,” said Jodie Gardill, of Wheeling.

Year after year trends show that online shopping is outdoing traditional retailers. Holiday hackers are busy this time of year too, scamming the unaware online. But, this still doesn’t deter some people from swiping their cards online.

“Call the bank and they stop the payment and reverse everything and send me a new card,” said Kelley.

“My husband works for Wesbanco so they alert us really well,” said Gardill.

Attorney General Morissey offers some tips for staying safe online, avoiding scams. “Make sure that you’re aware of suspicious links that come in. Also, ensure that if you’re making payments online use a reputable site that people know about. And whatever you do never give your money to an unknown individual. That’s a sure recipe for being ripped off,” said Morissey.

He also suggests using a one-time or multi-use credit cards rather than debit cards. Analysts believe that increase fraud comes with the ease of push-button purchases and more consumers relying on computers, smartphones and tablets to help stuff their stockings.

This Cyber Monday there are deals on the electronics people are looking for like iPhones, iPads, drones, and more. According to Reuters, the average online holiday discount is 23% off regular retail price.

“My children have asked for a variety of Star Wars and other toys. And then I actually have a child that has a December birthday so I usually get her some things too.I do a lot of shopping on Amazon because they ship so quickly,” said Gardill.

And with the few clicks of a button, families have some more time together during the holidays too.

“We went hiking at Canaan on Black Friday and opted outside because the weather was beautiful. So, we had a great time,” said Gardill.

Some retailers are starting Cyber Monday a little earlier this year, at 8PM Sunday evening.

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