Did anyone here set the alarm early this morning? No, not to get back to work but to don a robe and slippers and fire up the Internet to land some sweet Cyber Monday online deals?
Anyone? I didn't think so. I think it's about time that we bury Cyber Monday. For starters, with so many traditional retailers offering up many of their doorbuster deals online, I would like to coin the term Cyber Friday if I may.
According to comScore Networks, online shopping traffic spiked 42% higher on Friday than during last year's Black Friday. Most of those gains came from the bricks and mortar chains that are now offering many -- though clearly not all -- of their holiday deals online.
I was on vacation with the family on Friday so I wasn't able to join the mall mobs. However, I was able to land some pretty sweet deals that morning at the bustling online sites of Circuit City
Yes, Amazon. The stock opened lower this morning after initial reports had most of the "Cyber Friday" traffic gains going to old school chains like Wal-Mart
What I find amusing is that now even the old school chains are trying to cash in on Cyber Monday. I'm in the market for an entry level GPS system to keep my 8-year-old son's "are we there yet" queries to a minimum. This morning, walmart.com is selling a Garmin
Which way did I ultimately lean this morning? Do you really care? My point is that conventional stores are taking over Cyber Monday too. It's not just an e-commerce game anymore. Is it too late to coin the term Black Monday?
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been shopping online for about as long as Amazon.com has been in business. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. T he Fool has a disclosure policy.