The new wave of shopping can be seen in the booming of online browsing for Black Friday sales. This year marks the milestone of the dying art of brick and mortar shopping and the renaissance of a lack of hustle and bustle in the comfort of your own home, otherwise known as online shopping.

Sites such as Target, and Neiman Marcus were crashing because of the unforeseeable numbers of people online shopping.

Shoppers entering actual stores spent $10.4 billion dollars this year which seems like a big number until you put it up against what was spent last year; $11.6 billion.

That difference is attributed to the uprising of cybershoppers who chose to brave Black Friday from the comfort of their own home. That number grew 14% since just this last year.

This brings to mind the question of “why?” Why would people ditch the bags and opt in for the delivery?

Perhaps more people were out of town this Thanksgiving (travelers increased by 0.6% since last year). Or maybe it was just too cold outside to do any shopping (average drop of about 1 degree). Or, perhaps people like to be in their pajamas watching holiday movies while “virtual” shopping rather than taking their lives in the hands to brave “reality” shopping.

Whatever reason it was, it’s good to know that more Americans were safe this year shopping online, and not being trampled at a Macy’s Sale or in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart (per on line reports there were three Black Friday related injuries in 2014 and zero in 2015).

So, things are looking up for Cyber Monday!

— MB


We are not nerds and while we occasionally understand a small part of what the founders and technical guys are talking about (mostly they explain stuff in terms of cakes and pies), we are all Internet users. We thought it would be fun to share some of our own ideas and views amongst the more technical stuff the boys are going to put up here.