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Cyber Monday deals attract Southeast Texans
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
The National Retail Federation believes more than 131 million people will shop online today. That's an increase of two percent from last year. Americans are expected to spend an estimated two billion dollars on this Cyber Monday, which is an increase of 500 million dollars from last year.
A steady stream of people placed orders at bestbuy.com today, and then came to pick them up a few hours later in the store. The assistant manager of the Best Buy in Beaumont said online traffic for Cyber Monday increases every year, but still doesn't top Black Friday.
One woman, Priscilla Young, prefers hunting for online sales in the comfort of her home to fighting Black Friday crowds. Young placed an order online and picked it up at Best Buy an hour later.
"It feels great, I was able to get a gift for my kids at a good deal, so it feels great," said Young.
Young says it was much easier than braving the Black Friday crowds.
"I did Black Friday one year, I'll never do it again," said Young. "I don't like standing in lines. I get anxiety rather quickly with all the chaos. No, I'd rather just come in, pick it up and leave."
Emily Marshall works store pick-up at Best Buy. She says the phone has been ringing off the hook.
"It's been kind of crazy, we've been getting a lot of 'dot coms' coming through," said Marshall. "Everybody's ordering from bestbuy.com, people are calling over the phone to see what we have in stock."
However, Marshall says it does not compare to Black Friday.
"No," she laughed. "Nothing is as crazy as Black Friday."
Young is excited for her son to see his new TV.
"Ya, he's going to love it," smiled Young.
The assistant manager of Best Buy in Beaumont says about 6-thousand people shopped in the store for Black Friday deals on Thursday and Friday. He says that is pretty difficult for Cyber Monday to beat.