Growing Trend In Online Shopping

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cyber Monday deals continue this week, but some shoppers say, they'd rather shop in stores than pay for increased taxes and shipping.

Carolyn Blatt is getting her Christmas shopping done any way she can. "I've been shopping online. I've been to the mall and I've been downtown."

Black Friday sales were down. Small Business Saturday sales were up. Chrissy Lewis works at Mug and Pia in Huntington. "We had so much business. We had people here from the time we opened, till the time we left."

Cyber Monday sales were even higher. At 6:00 Monday night, sales were up eighteen percent. Jennifer Chapman says, "This year, I've been doing a lot more online shopping. Normally I'm a store person, but I've found it a lot easier this year to just do it from my computer and it's been a lot nicer."

It's all about the growing trend of convenience, shopping from your own home, but with the convenience comes costs you sometimes don't pay in stores: shipping and taxes. Some shoppers say, they don't mind. "I do pay attention to shipping. I won't pay the shipping, but I don't mind to pay the tax," says Blatt.

Chapman says, "A lot of places I've shopped at have free shipping, so I've been taking advantage of that."

There's still some things shoppers can't get online, like specialty gifts and an atmosphere you can only get in person.

Lewis says, "I think that people do shop online a lot, but they like the feel of being able to come into the store and see things, touch things."

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