Is It Newsworthy That People Shopped Online For Holiday Gifts?

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Yes, I realize that this is a very slow news week, but it never fails to amaze me that every single year, we see press reports breathlessly claiming that internet sales went up over the holidays. Isn’t that like saying “lunch sales increased around noon today?” The specifics may be interesting. How much sales increased and in what areas, but simply saying that they increased seems like the type of article a vacationing reporter could have handed in well before they took off for the holidays.

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haggie says:

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The rampant consumerism of the United States, specially around the Christmas holiday, creates an almost unending stream of vomit and bile in me. What a country! What values! What pride! What respect! Now get the fuck out of my way so I can grab the last $10 DVD player. The founding fathers are spinning in their graves.

Mikey (user link) says:

Wrong article?

The article linked has specific numbers littered throughout the article, including estimates of total and percent increase over last year’s online sales (18.1 million, +25% according to one, 30.1 million, +30% to another). There are quotes from ComScore, Walmart, Sloan Center for Internet Retailing, L. L. Bean, Piper Jaffray and even joe average. There are many ideas presented on why revenues went up.
Sure, there are fluff articles out there, but this doesn’t seem to be one of those once you get past the headline.

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