|By PR Newswire||
|November 30, 2012 08:03 AM EST||
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading shopping site PriceGrabber.com® today revealed the latest online shopping behavior and trends over the busiest shopping period of the year. The findings indicated that Black Friday has turned into "Black Week," with sales starting earlier and deals extending later. PriceGrabber experienced a 14 percent year-over-year growth in traffic this year from Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday, signifying that more consumers are using the internet for research, price comparison and purchasing gifts. As expected, Cyber Monday was PriceGrabber's biggest day last weekend with 20 percent more traffic than Black Friday. Consumer shopping behavior is based on PriceGrabber data and website analytics from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, 2012.
"This year, Black Friday leaked into Thanksgiving and extended into the weekend, while Cyber Monday deals were stretched to Tuesday, as we saw strong online activity starting on Thanksgiving Day and continuing throughout the week," said Steve Krenzer, CEO of PriceGrabber.com. "We expect this 'Black Week' trend to continue next year, as retailers try to get in front of consumers earlier, and keep them engaged by offering compelling deals throughout the week – which is great news for shoppers. As a result of this new trend, shoppers this season had more time to take advantage of discounts, resulting in a consistent year-over-year growth in visits and page views."
Mobile device traffic increases
Shoppers are taking advantage of having the internet in their back pocket. Traffic from smartphones and tablets have increased significantly compared to 2011, with 27 percent of total traffic originating through a mobile device over the Thanksgiving weekend, an increase of over 116 percent compared to the same period in 2011. It is worth noting that on Black Friday, PriceGrabber saw significantly more mobile traffic than on Cyber Monday. Increased mobile volume was an indication of some show-rooming and price matching but consumer intent stayed strong as sales completion rate was within the normal range for mobile devices.
Top category trends
Tablets and eReaders were among the highest growth channels this holiday weekend, with an 81 percent year-over-year traffic increase, and a modest 3 percent decline in average order price driven by the introduction of lower cost tablets such as the iPad Mini®. Smartphones were also among the highest growth categories with 60 percent year-over-year increase in volume and a 16 percent drop in average price compared to last year. Other popular categories included headphones with a 51 percent year-over-year growth in volume and an average price of $162.
The TV category was the top searched page over the weekend and PriceGrabber saw huge discounts with the average price declining by 10 percent year-over-year. However, volume stayed relatively flat compared to last year, showing that the discounts did not result in increased demand. The price of digital cameras increased by 14 percent this year to an average of $612. We believe this increase is due to the introduction of higher end SLR cameras. However, overall traffic declined by 6 percent, indicating that improved smartphone cameras are taking share from the expensive SLRs. MP3 Players and GPS devices experienced the sharpest decline in traffic with almost 40 percent fewer visits this holiday weekend compared to last year.
TRENDING PRODUCTS (Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, 2012)
The Latitude™ ST from Dell® was the most popular product and tablet over the weekend, followed closely by the Samsung® Galaxy Tab® 2. PriceGrabber also saw high activity on the Asus® Google® Nexus 7® and the iPad®.
Samsung® was the top brand with the UN46EH5000 46" LED TV, the UN32EH4003F 32" LED TV and the PN51E530 51" Plasma TV. The Mitsubishi® WD-73C12 73" DLP Projection TV was also among the most popular TVs.
Both men and women's running shoes were extremely popular this year. Specifically there was high activity on New Balance® Men's MT810 trail running shoes in black/yellow. There was also high activity on outerwear, such as windbreakers, jackets, and fleece pullovers.
The Canon® EOS Rebel® T3i™ and T4i™ Camera Kits with 18-55mm lens were among the most popular products this year. The Nikon® D5100™ and D3100™ models of the black SLR digital camera kit with 18-55mm lens were also among the most popular cameras, followed by the Nikon® D7000™16.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body, as well as the Nikon® Coolpix® P510™ Black Digital Camera.
The Elf on the Shelf® Boy and activity book was the number one toy, followed by the Mini® power quad ride-on, LEGO® Ninjago® Epic Dragon Battle, and Hot Wheels® 3 Lane Plug In. The Hasbro® Furby®, Monster High® dolls, Easy Bake Oven®, Lionel Trains® The Scout® Steam Train Starter Set, and the Mattel® Barbie® Dream House Bundle were also among the top toys over Black Friday weekend.
The top console was the Xbox 360® Black 250GB Console Kinect® Adventures Special Edition Bundle, also ranked in the top ten top products overall. In the video game category, the Wii® U Black 32 GB Console Deluxe Set was the second most popular console. Top games include Just Dance 4®, God of War® Saga Collection, Borderlands 2®, Madden NFL 13™, Assassin's Creed® 3, Skylanders® Giants Starter Kit, and Marvel Avengers®: Battle for Earth.
PriceGrabber is a leading online shopping site with more than 23 million unique shoppers monthly. At PriceGrabber, savvy shoppers can instantly find and compare over 80 million products and services across 25 categories with more than 11,000 merchants. Compare products side by side to find the right retailers at the best prices within popular categories, such as Digital Cameras, TVs, Electronics, Computers, Clothing, Books, and more. PriceGrabber provides shoppers with the right product from the right merchant at the best price anytime, anywhere. Visit us at http://www.pricegrabber.com.
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