If what happened on Friday across America is any indication of the condition of the America populace, then our very foundations are built of sand. May God forgive us for what we’ve become and for what we’ve allowed to happen to our nation. And may those of us with the courage and sense to do it renounce this behavior and the monstrous marketing ploy that is black Friday, in it’s entirety.
On Black Friday, when we referred to the biggest shopping day of the year as America’s Running of the Bulls, we found that many of our readers agreed. In the video below, director SGTbull07 points out what many of you said – that the majority of those rushing the door of retailers around the country to further enslave themselves in debt for inferior Chinese made knock offs have no realistic perception of what is actually happening in America. And while everyone can appreciate a good deal on products that we need, the fact that tens of thousands of people literally spent days camping outside of stores to save $100 on a TV or $50 for a video game system is a starkly frightening reminder that our entire economic and social system is driven by nothing but consumerism and delusions of grandeur.
A perfect example is “Cyber Monday” which by all accounts is nothing more than a corporate propaganda ploy. If you happened to be watching or listening to the news this morning, you undoubtedly heard about Cyber Monday as being the biggest shopping day of the year, with 90% of online retailers reportedly slashing prices to take advantage of the digital version of consumers rushing through the doors.
What you probably didn’t hear is the history of Cyber Monday and its origins. Nor did anyone tell you about that often touted 90% statistic.
Surprisingly, CNN gives us the facts on why Cyber Monday is mostly a myth:
Five years ago, Shop.org published a press release:
“While traditional retailers will be monitoring store traffic and sales on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), online retailers have set their sights on something different: Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, which is quickly becoming one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.”
Ta-dah! The term “Cyber Monday” was born.
The only problem: It’s mostly a marketing gimmick, according to consumer electronics experts and an online metrics tracker.
Cyber Monday has never been the biggest day of the year for online retail sales, said Andrew Lipsman, director of industry analysis at comScore, a company that monitors internet traffic.
Shop.org, which coined the term “Cyber Monday” and operates a retail website called CyberMonday.com, says nine in 10 online retailers are offering Cyber Monday deals this year. But read the fine print and that statistic loses some of its shine. That data is based on a survey of 51 online retailers, and the majority of those said to be offering Cyber Monday deals aren’t targeting the Monday after Thanksgiving specifically. Only 21 of the 51 retailers surveyed on behalf of Shop.org are offering one-day Cyber Monday sales.
Now we know the real story behind “Cyber Monday.”
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