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It is hard to believe, but half of the population, 50.7 percent, in the United States are “planning to shop or considering shopping” during the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. With one out of two people shopping this weekend, that means the malls and outlets will be jammed over capacity and so will the parking lots. Black Friday will again emerge as the busiest and biggest shopping day of the year, although shoppers are increasingly drawn to the convenience of online shopping on Cyber Monday. But a shopping spree is never carefree.
“Whether braving the elements and throngs at “midnight madness,” or rising early to catch “door- busters,” safety might be the last thing on our minds, but it needs to be top of mind,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Public and Government Affairs Manager at AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Shopping online allows people to avoid the crowds and shop at their convenience, but there is a dark side to Cyber Monday, as there is with Black Friday, warns AAA Insurance.
To protect your financial information while shopping online on Cyber Monday, only use secure checkouts. On Black Friday thieves like to window shop, so lock your car and place all shopping bags, just purchased Christmas presents, and valuables in the trunk.
Last year, Cyber Monday online sales soared to $3.25 billion, comprising a “155 percent” boom in online traffic. Cyber Monday 2016 was the “biggest day in the history of U.S. e-commerce.” Will sales records be shattered on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday? The National Retail Federation is estimating that 164 million people plan to go shopping or will consider doing so during the Thanksgiving holiday. That tally includes persons going shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving andCyber Monday.
With consumer sentiment at a 13-year high, consumers are likely to shop both on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If money is tight, consider using layaway. If you are shopping online, “keep copies of your order number, the refund and return policies, shipping costs and warranties,” advises the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
AAA Insurance is advising consumers to use caution, avoid distractions and keep calm while searching for that perfect parking spot and the perfect present for your loved ones and friends. Unfortunately, tempers run high, and patience becomes thin, as drivers circle the parking lot for a coveted spot.
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