“I ended up doing all of my shopping online,” said Wayne Philips, a Clinton resident. “It’s so much easier than waiting in line for ‘door-buster’ deals.
“There was no way I was going to get up that early just to go shopping for gifts.”
Online shopping has become a craze in previous years, as retail stores, both local and otherwise, have started shifting their business practices to include online purchases.
The Time Zone, a local high-end watch retailer located in Bountiful, also has a website that has contributed to their growing success.
The reason behind the success of “Cyber Monday” was the discounts in prices, as well as many other websites that offered free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Christmas.
“Those kinds of deals are the best,” said Kylee Jones, a Clearfield resident. “A lot of retail places that run out of items in their store are able to extend their discounts by offering them online.”
For Philips, shopping online was a better deal simply because he was able to stay home.
“There are people who wait in line all night just to get a few things on their list,” he said. “Then they go to another store only to find that something else they were looking for isn’t available.
“That’s where the success of online shopping comes from. I know that if I went into the places personally, I would have wasted my time.”
Another advantage to online shopping through the month of December are the extensions of discounts. While some only offered massive discounts and free shipping for Monday only, other retailers extended their deals to the following week.
Target is still offering free shipping for customers through Dec. 13. Members of Barnes and Noble will receive special discounts once they access their emailed code and use it online.
Sears’ website is offering up to 60 percent off its own clothing items, and 20 percent off tools and other accessories.
“There are deals everywhere, not just at the store,” said Jones. “Even if people are done shopping for presents, they’re still shopping for good deals.”