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Cyber Monday: Millions head to virtual checkout line for deals

As retailers had hoped, online sales rose dramatically on Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year.
December 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
On Cyber Monday, millions of holiday shoppers headed to the virtual checkout line with the best deals the Internet has to offer.

The term was created by marketing companies to appeal to those who'd rather skip Black Friday and shop from the comfort of their home or office cubicle.

Amazon's distribution center in San Bernardino, which covers the span of more than 20 football fields, was buzzing Monday morning. According to spokesman Ty Rogers, Amazon is offering some of its best deals for Cyber Monday. For example, Rogers said shoppers looking for the Kindle Fire HDX will see a price reduction of $50, which means the coveted tablet can be purchased at a starting price of $179.

A record 141 million people are expected to shop online and in stores from Black Friday through Monday, up from 137 million people in 2012. That year also marks when Amazon shipped out 306 packages per second. This year, the company is expected to surpass that number.

There are more than 650 wireless access points which help keep things humming and moving efficiently.

As usual, Amazon offered shoppers free shipping.

"Free, fast shipping, it's not a new thing for us. We've been doing it for a long time. And if you're a Prime member, you can get unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of items. Here in L.A. you can even get Sunday deliveries," said Rogers.

As far as Amazon Prime Air is concerned, which is an idea to make deliveries by drone, Rogers says it's still a few years out.

Meantime, the latest numbers show traditional Black Friday shopping apparently dipped this year. According to a survey from The National Retail Federation, spending fell an estimated 2.9 percent to $57.4 billion over the weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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