Coming on the heels of Black Friday—which also included a gray Thursday for some retail employees who spent their Thanksgiving dealing with eager shoppers—that revealed a less-than-spectacular result for store owners, economists are now predicting that fewer shoppers will participate in Cyber Monday today.
The National Retail Federation estimated that total spending over this past weekend fell about 11 percent and the same group now says about 127 million people will shop online today, down from about 131 million who shopped online during the 2013 Cyber Monday. The NRF points to a shift in shopping patterns because consumers are less frantic about chasing deals, combined with the fact that shoppers can get online deals throughout the holiday season.
But just to sweeten the pot, here are some of today's Cyber Monday deals:
Amazon: Fire HD 7 Tablet for $109
Best Buy: Xbox One Console Assassin's Creed: Unity Bundle for $329.99
Macy's: Diamond Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold for $149 plus extra 10 percent to 15 percent off with promo CYBER
Target: Dyson DC35 Digital slim cordless vacuum for $199.99
Walmart: Apple iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi for $199.99
And here's one more piece of cyber sales news: The Girl Scouts are taking their cookie sales online. Beginning Friday, Dec. 12, customers will be able to buy Thin Mints, Tagalongs and all the rest online. The digital cookie sale
won't replace traditional door-to-door and booth sales.