Cyber Monday is a term created by retailers to encourage people to online shop on the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday. It has become the online equivalent to Black Friday and offers a way for smaller retail websites to compete with larger stores and chains.
The National Retail Federation reported that more than 174 million Americans shopped from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, which ended up surpassing the association’s pre-holiday prediction of 164 million shoppers overall.
Sophomore Jeanne Marie King participated in Cyber Monday even though she thought it was blown out of proportion.
“I don’t think that Cyber Monday should be as big as it is — I think that it’s a bit overhyped,” said King. “Despite the fact that I don’t like Cyber Monday, I still participate because of the good deals.”
First-year Addison Drummond said he visited different websites to find good deals but simply couldn’t find what he was looking for.
“I looked on Amazon for a few things but I noticed that nothing of my interest was really on sale,” said Drummond. “Because of that, I think that Cyber Monday is a bit overrated.”
First-year student Morgan Gray enjoys Cyber Monday because there are good deals for everybody.
“This was my first time ever shopping online for Cyber Monday and some of the sales are actually really good, but the constant emails are way too overwhelming and not that influencing,” said Gray.
The Washington Post reported the 174 million Americans who shopped between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday spent an average of $335 per person during that five-day period.