Okay. So today is Green Monday. What is it, you ask? The Victor crew wanted to find out too so this is what we found out. It is another online retail shopping day similar to Cyber Monday. It was first coined by eBay to describe their best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December. Specifically, it’s the last Monday with at least 10 days before Christmas. In 2009, there was $854 million spent online. In 2014, it reached a record $1.6 billion. It is still lower than 2014’s Cyber Monday which topped out at $2.68 billion.
Since we are on the Wikipedia site, we noticed for a while they have been pushing for donations. They are willing to take even just $3. They say if everyone reading it “right now” would donate $3, they would make their goal in within an hour.
Last year we found out how Cyber Monday got started. This year we will look at some shopping tips.
Here are some safe buying tips and cautions:
- Only buy from reputable retailers.
- Make sure you have a physical address and phone number.
- Send an email to make sure it is active.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau in the seller’s area.
- Find out about warranties and returns.
- If you buy overseas, be wary of any recourse under US jurisdiction.
- Don’t judge by a fancy website.
- Make sure the website is secure – that it has https at the beginning of the address when you enter your personal information and that a lock is shown somewhere on your browser.
- Don’t click on popup advertisements.
- Use a credit card, not a money order, personal check or debit card. Credi card payments can be withheld if there is a dispute. With a debit card, once the payment is made it’s gone from your account.
- Shop around so you know the price range of the item. If it seems too good to be true it may not be legitimate.
- If you are using public wi-fi, make sure it is secure.
- Turn off Bluetooth. This will lessen the risk of others capturing with a nearby device.
- Read the terms of service before purchasing.
- Be careful if purchasing digital items like books or music – they can’t be given as gifts but are downloaded to you account. You can purchase gift cards/ecards instead.
- Save or print your receipts so you have a record.
- Don’t forget that shipping may add to the cost if it’s not offered free or if your purchase doesn’t meet the minimum amount for free shipping.
- Be alert for potential charity and donation scams.
Jody was curious about the origins of Cyber Monday. This is what he found out:
- Cyber Monday is a term first used by shop.com in November 2005. It has since become one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. The name grew from the observation that people were returning from their Thanksgiving break to their high-speed Internet and buying what they liked on Monday at work.
- Cyber Monday Online sales went from $610M in 2006 to $1,251M in 2011. This year is projected to be $1.5B and up to as much as $2B.
- Many employers had to fire employees or restrict/block employees from accessing certain websites.
- In 2006, shop.com set up a new website, cybermonday.com, where you can see many deals all at once.
Don’t shop at work.
Don’t shop while driving.
Sites like cybermonday.com allow you to comparison shop.
Jody asks, “Do you shop online for Christmas?”