Cyber Monday: Online Savings or In-store Only

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About This Quiz

Many sale-seeking shoppers wait to spend their hard-earned holiday dollars until the Monday following Black Friday, rather than brave the crowds. Ready to join their ranks? Find out how much you know about Cyber Monday in this quiz.

What year was the nickname Cyber Monday introduced?

The Monday following Black Friday was dubbed Cyber Monday in 2005 by a marketing team at, a division of the National Retail Federation.


What is the name Cyber Monday meant to imply?

Cyber Monday is to online retailers as Black Friday is to brick-and-mortar businesses. It's a way to drum up sales traffic and promote deals to consumers looking for savings while they shop.


How much money was spent online for Cyber Monday in 2005?

According to the company comScore, consumers spent about $484 million on Cyber Monday in 2005.


How much money was spent online for Cyber Monday in 2010?

Again according to comScore, in 2010, Cyber Monday sales eked across the $1 billion threshold for the first time.


In 2010, how much money was spent online over the entire November to December Christmas season?

Internet shoppers forked over more than $32 billion to complete online retail transactions during the 2010 holiday shopping season.


In 2010, how much was spent in retail dollars -- both online and in stores -- during the holiday season?

Holiday shoppers spent about $452 billion during November and December of 2010, an increase of 5.2 percent over 2009.


In 2009, what percentage of shoppers were logging in from work on Cyber Monday?

Originally, the idea was that people shopped at work on Cyber Monday because they had faster Internet connections in the office. That may have been true, but it's hard to say. What is certain, however, is that as people have increasingly gotten faster Internet connections at home, they've slowly started shifting the balance. People are almost equally prone to shop online at work as they are at home now.


How much did online shopping on Cyber Monday increase between 2005, the year it was introduced, and 2006?

Whether organically or through marketing efforts, 2006 saw a dramatic increase in online purchases on Cyber Monday. Spending was up 26 percent year over year.


How many U.S. visitors flocked to the site on that day in 2006?

About 300,000 people visited Cyber Monday's namesake Web site in 2006 on the big day, during just the second season to take place after the phrase was coined.


How many people visited the site on that day in 2008?

After just two more years, attracted slightly more than a million unique visitors during shoppers' annual collective click-fest.


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