iPads to Rule the Holiday Season for Apple?

It’s almost October folks, and you know what that means: It’s time to get ready for the holiday season, especially if you’re a company looking to rake the money in during the “everybody buy” portion of the calendar. In regards…

Online Holiday Spending Tops $17 Billion

U.S. online holiday spending has surpassed $17.5 billion in the first 35 days of the November -December shopping season, up 12 percent, according to a new report from comScore.

More Than Half Of Americans Say Best Deals Are Online

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Americans feel that the easiest way to complete their holiday gift purchases is online, while 87 percent favor brick-and-mortar stores, according to research firm StrategyOne.

When it comes to finding the best deals overall, Americans are divided — with 52% stating they found the best deals online, while 48% say they could find the best deals in retail stores.

Online Holiday Shoppers More Satisfied With Price

Shopper satisfaction with online retailers during the holidays indicates they are more satisfied with prices this year than they were at the same time last year, according to a new report from ForeSee Results.

Customers’ ratings of prices this year (72.1 on the study’s 100-point scale) are more than half a point higher than they were in 2009; though still slightly lower than on Cyber Monday, due to fewer online incentives and specials. Satisfaction with price still remains far below pre-recession levels, which was as high as 75.1 the week of Thanksgiving, 2007.

eBay Launches

eBay has introduced its “Love to Give” holiday shopping campaign which focuses on what the company describes as “unwrap attacks,” emotional moments that happen when someone receives the perfect gift.

eBay is calling on people to upload videos of their best unwrap attack moment to its Love to Give gallery. Samantha Bee, correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will report on unwrap attacks in an original webisode series.


Target Launches Online Daily Deals For The Holiday Season

Target has introduced new online daily deals for the holiday shopping season.

Target.com’s Daily Deals will offer one-day sales of up to 50 percent off regular prices. New deals this holiday season include:

*“Mega Merry Mondays,” beginning each week with deals on 17 popular items.

*“Total Toy Tuesdays,” offering discounts on five popular toys.

Walmart Offering Free Holiday Shipping

Walmart said today it will offer free holiday shipping on nearly 60,000 items with no minimum purchase through December 20.

The free shipping offer includes all electronics, select video games, toys, home appliances, furniture, jewelry, and baby items.