(PRWEB) December 3, 2004 -
Online shopping is becoming the preferred way for parents to buy holiday gifts. According to ComScore Networks, consumers this year spent $133 million online Thanksgiving Day, an increase of 100% compared with the $67 million spent during the same time in 2003, the research firm said. Americans spent $250 million online on Black Friday, up 41% compared with $178 million in 2003.
BabyLounge.com online shopping data exceeds the national averages of growth for online shopping, based on the transactions by parents shopping online for holiday gifts in late November 2003 versus the same period in 2004.
Shopping for holiday gifts is a challenge to parents, especially those with infants and toddlers. The mall parking lots are crowded, strollers cannot navigate through many of the narrow store aisles, and itÂs tricky to buy gifts for the kids when theyÂre with you. For these reasons, and plenty more, parents are shifting their buying habits from the local mall to online malls, such as the BabyLounge Shopping Mall Â http://shopping.babylounge.com
Online shopping is gaining in popularity because it can be done from the comfort of your home; all of your favorite stores are there, such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us; the holiday gifts are shipped to your front door (often the shipping is free); and in many cases, there are better deals online when online shoppers utilize coupon codes.
To help this yearÂs online holiday shoppers, the BabyLounge Shopping Mall, an online mall featuring free online coupons and deals for over 700 online stores, announced today their top ten online shopping stores for holiday gift shopping online, based on the purchasing habits of online shoppers over Thanksgiving and ÂBlack Friday.Â The top ten online shopping stores list was topped by Wal-Mart.
ÂMoms and dads are shifting their buying habits to online shopping in droves. During the week, between naps, feedings, play dates, and school, itÂs just too much of a project to get all of the kids and hit the mall for many parents,Â says Vicky Collins, Chief Mom Officer, at the BabyLounge Shopping Mall, http://shopping.babylounge.com. ÂWith our fingers on the pulse of whatÂs hot and whatÂs not, weÂre providing the list of the top ten online shopping stores to help parents navigate the maze of online shopping and find the best online coupons and deals. We hope it provides moms and dads with some needed simplicity during the crazy holiday season."
The top ten online shopping stores, as reported by the BabyLounge Shopping Mall (visit http://shopping.babylounge.com for the current free online coupons and deals):
2. Best Buy
7. Toys R Us
8. Home Depot
10. JC Penney
ÂThe good news for online holiday shoppers is that with the continued growth of online shopping combined with an expected flurry of coupon and free shipping deals, the top ten online shopping stores make holiday shopping more easy and affordable,Â adds Collins.
BabyLounge.com has been a leading source of parenting resources and free online coupons and deals for over 5 years. BabyLounge.com was started by Shawn and Vicky Collins after the birth of their first daughter, Caitlin, as a means to help with the household expenses, since Vicky had become a stay at home mom. Now Caitlin has two little sisters, and BabyLounge.com has grown up with them to become a notable player in the online shopping space. The BabyLounge Shopping Mall is powered by 77Blue - http://www.77blue.com/
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