Cyber Monday in West Texas

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

The Black Friday Sales are over, but Monday was still one of the biggest shopping days of the year. NewsWest 9 learned more about "Cyber Monday," and how stores were trying to take advantage of the online shopping.

"Over the last two years, our dot com business has grown substantially," said Best Buy Manager John Peterson.

With the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, many West Texans avoided shopping in stores Monday, to take advantage of those Cyber Monday discounts.

"A lot of people are now going back to work so maybe some of them didn't get the opportunity to go out there, and do some shopping the day after Thanksgiving. So right now is one of the biggest shopping days, online shopping days of the year," explained Peterson.

And for some retailers in Midland, the reason why so many are going online is pretty clear.
"Better deals, they have package pricing online, great financing options online, and in some cases they can actually beat out what the store can give them," said Peterson.

And managers at Best Buy said that while those Black Friday prices are off the market, they added you can find some great deals online, with their Cyber Monday two day specials for certain items like laptops.

Prices were also cut for certain DVD's and cameras. However, even with all of the online business, even on Cyber Monday, brick and mortar stores still have a lot of regular shoppers.

"There's still a lot of people that want that one on one interaction. Maybe they're not exactly sure if that particular product is going to meet their needs, so yeah, we're still very busy," explained Peterson.

Managers at both Circuit City and Best Buy said the added bonus of picking up the items you buy online in store helps business too.

And buying online not only saves you gas and money, but you also don't have to wait in long lines. Plus, you can get your Christmas shopping done, all at the same time.