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The Ten Holiday Gifts No One Will Buy In Stores

submitted on October 21, 2010 by jack69darin in "Member's Lounge"
-commerce sales are still below 10% of all retail sales in the US, but the category has posted a better growth rate than bricks-and-mortar revenue for some time. comScore reported that between Black Friday and the day after Christmas last year total online sales were $27 billion.

Very few companies get all or most of their sales online. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is the largest of these. It gets more than 79 million unique visitors a month, which means it attracts many “shoppers” who may become buyers. (NYSE: WMT) gets 36.7 million unique visitors per month in the US, but it clearly makes the huge majority of its sales in stores.

The holiday sales season, where retailers earn the majority of their sales and profits, is less than a month away. By some definitions, it starts the first of November.

24/7 Wall St looked at major items that people will buy as gifts this year and identified those which will be bought almost exclusively online, because it makes more sense to buy them that way than going to the store. Oftentimes, these goods are cheaper online. Some may also only be available over the Web.

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    Posted by HouTex on October 21, 2010
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    Do you believe fruitcake is on the list!??!!
    I thought there were so many of them being regifted that nobody had to buy new ones. Amused

    I guess it's the easy gift when you don't know the person well, now made easier by being able to order online.
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    Posted by jack69darin on October 21, 2010
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    Thank goodness I have never received one. Hope this doesn't mean I will be getting one this year Roll Eyes
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    Posted by sandyshore on October 21, 2010
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    If I can help it I won't be buying anything in stores for Holiday Gifts, not even fruitcakes. Big Grin
    • HouTex
      Posted by HouTex on October 21, 2010
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      You are definitely not alone, more and more people are beginning to feel the same way. (including me!)

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