Cyber Monday, the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday, was a term coined in 2005, as a marketing ploy to encourage consumers to shop for their wares online.
In 2013, Cyber Monday online sales grew by 20.6% over 2012, hitting a record $2.29 billion, with an average order of $128.
Walmart has posted its Cyber Monday deals online, and is offering free shipping for any order exceeding $50.
Notable Walmart Cyber Monday deals include:
– An Apple iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi (Space Gray or White) for $219.99
– A Neato XV-21 Pet and Allergy Robotic Vacuum for $269.99
– An RCA 10.1″ Tablet 16GB Quad Core Bonus Keyboard/Case for $99.99
– A SCEPTRE 40″ LED Class 1080P HDTV with ultra slim metal brush bezel, 60Hz for $219.00
– An HP Natural Silver 17.3″ Pavilion Laptop PC with AMD Quad-Core Processor, 4GB Memory, 750GB Hard Drive and Windows 8.1 for $398.00
– A Straight Talk Apple iPhone 5C LTE 8GB Prepaid Smartphone for $299.00
– A Monster M7 7″ Tablet 16GB Memory Dual Core for $79.99
– A Samsung 55″ 1080p 240Hz Class LED Smart HDTV for $997.99
The Walmart Black Friday 2014 memory card battle:
In related news, Walmart, the world’s largest company by revenue, the largest private employer globally, with over two million employees, and the largest retailer in the world, saw its largest organized protest on Black Friday since it was founded by Sam Walton in 1962.
Over 1,600 demonstrators were unified by the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). The protesters appeared at various Walmart locations, demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage, and more consistent full-time opportunities.
“We’re a grassroots movement,” Abby Friend, a protester from Cincinnati remarked. “We’re here today as a group of concerned consumers.”
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) November 28, 2014
Military police had to step in to secure a safe shopping experience during the Black Friday event at a Walmart in Ferguson, Missouri:
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) November 28, 2014
Walmart recently announced in a statement that it received more than 500 million page views and the highest online sales day ever on Thanksgiving this year, second only to Cyber Monday 2013.