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The holiday hit that never came
Where'd everybody go?
dpd1




msg:4040895
 8:21 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well... Got slammed last year with more than we could handle. This year, traffic was double across the year, economics seemed to be a little better... So I decided to prepare for the same, if not better. Nothing... This month has been a total dud. We're at 1/4 of what we did last year at this time. The strange part is that I don't think I've had one email yet, asking if we can get something to them before Christmas. It's just bizarre and dumbfounding. I don't think I'll ever exactly understand sales.

 

Seb7




msg:4047291
 11:16 pm on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Sales are down for me from last year.

I think demand has increased from last year, the problem is that supply has increased more. So we are all now getting a smaller piece of a bigger pie.

Also, more users have now been stung by rogue websites, leading to people generally being more picky about where they are buying from.

jsinger




msg:4047314
 12:18 am on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I see that Amazon stock was a big winner today hitting $132.

"Investors are betting the Internet site benefited from the wicked winter weather that left millions snowed in this weekend and not shopping at their local malls."

CarlaR




msg:4047371
 3:38 am on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

Sales are up for me this year, but that's mostly because my site was brand new during the start of the holiday season. SEO, marketing, etc wasnt kicked into gear. Sales are still lower for me than expected. I think Amazon.com for us smaller online retailers is like the Wal*Marts of the mom & pop brick and mortar stores. They are drowning us out!

mkroon




msg:4048371
 4:05 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

My holiday results look to be on par with last year. However, holidays don't really impact our sales as much as other markets.

Amazon is the lazy man's Christmas shopping mall trip. Keep in mind, that alot of those amazon boxes could be attributed to them splitting up packages all willy nilly.

Remind me to buy stock in Amazon before next Holiday season if everything stays constant.

mikeclover




msg:4048414
 5:06 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

My sales are down about 75% this year compared to 2008. This has a lot to do with the current economics. Tough times out there for most. It will get better

Gomvents




msg:4048686
 11:08 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Anyone have sales fall though the floor today 12/23/09? We average $1,500 - $2,000 in sales a day and can spike to over $5,000+ on a weekend often hitting $8,000 - $12,000 on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other large holiday shopping events. today we did less than $300 in sales! And no, nothing is wrong with our site, server, payment processor or anything like that...

dpd1




msg:4048696
 11:21 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've noticed things online seem very slow today, which is usually an indication of people leaving town. My speculation is that people actually WERE less fearful of spending money this year, which means more trips and vacations that they weren't doing the previous couple years. So it might just be everybody bugged out... Just my guess.

rachel123




msg:4048701
 11:24 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think I'm the only person in the entire midwest on a computer right now.

People traveling for Christmas is racing to get to their holiday destination before the snow starts in earnest.

Everyone else is at the grocery store.

jsinger




msg:4048706
 11:35 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Very slow the past few days here. Still a good month.

dpd1




msg:4050520
 9:11 pm on Dec 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well, now that Christmas is over, I'm getting more sales than before it... Wacky internet.

dickbaker




msg:4050570
 11:12 pm on Dec 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Same here, dpd1. Very busy day today.

dpd1




msg:4050613
 2:18 am on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yeah, pretty decent day here too. I had a feeling... Traffic was good all weekend. My stuff can accessorize other gifts, so maybe that's it.

HRoth




msg:4050621
 3:03 am on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Today was a seriously great day business-wise for me, thank the gods. I had about four times my average day. People taking it easy on their first day back at work, I think.

CarlaR




msg:4050677
 6:34 am on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Traffic slowed down for me starting Dec 24 - go figure!

jsinger




msg:4050805
 3:04 pm on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Traffic slowed down for me starting Dec 24 - go figure!

One of the web's few certainties is that traffic (and sales) slow on holidays. Christmas day is probably the internet's slowest day of the year. Our traffic plummeted around Dec 18th and is just now starting to pick up. Sadly New Years Day and Eve will be dead again.

That is all quite normal, although the degree of slowdown for us right at Christmas was worrisome. But as with almost everyone else, yesterday was excellent. We're going to have a nice December gain over our weak '08 numbers.

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