Wii Wins BlackFriday Race

The day after Thanksgiving, the retail sales were up 3 percent for the same day in 2007,an overture estimates putting total sales in the US at $10.6 billion, report by Shoppertrak RCT. Shoppertrak derives its retail benchmark from a wide range of categories, including consumer electronics, sporting goods, apparel, and general merchandise.

In case on Web shopping percentage where higher with traffic up 11% year over year, according to an shopping site PriceGrabber.com.

The top product of the day was the Nintendo Wii, according to both eBay and PriceGrabber, which pulled data from its namesake site and other eBay-owned site including PayPal and shopping.com

The Nintendo Wii was the most searched-for product on eBay. Consumers snatched up 3,171 Wii's over eBay, at an average selling price of $349, followed by the Wii Fit, with 1059 sold at an average selling price of $140.

"Consumers are responding to aggressive promotions and price drops on popular electronics," Ron LaPierre, president of PriceGrabber, said in a statement.

According to PriceGrabber, to most popular items on Black Friday were:
• Nintendo Wii console
• Ugg Australia "classic short" boot
• Sony BDP-S350 1080p Blu-ray disc player
• Samsung LN52A650 52" LCD TV
• Nintendo Wii Fit
• Panasonic TH-42PX80U 42" plasma TV
• Sennheiser HD 555 headphones
• Canon EOS Rebel XSi Black SLR digital camera kit
• Acer Aspire One AOA110-1295 notebook PC
• Canon PowerShot A590 IS black digital camera

Despite the good returns from Black Friday, no one is sure that how long this good period will stay, thorough the rest of the holiday season.

"While this is an encouraging start for retailers, there's no guarantee these deep discounts will continue after Black Friday weekend, which could slow spending," Bill Martin, co-founder of ShopperTrak, said in a statement. "Additionally, consumers have just 27 days to shop this year as opposed to 32 in 2007, which may catch some procrastinating consumers off guard, leading to lower sales levels."


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