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How's Holiday Volume?

     
8:34 pm on Nov 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Pretty low here. I expected much more by this time.
11:25 pm on Nov 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have about 20% lower traffic than last year at this time but 50% more sales, no evil eye. Go figure.
6:09 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Pretty slow start to the season. We sell collectibles and have been online since 1996. This has been the worst start to the holiday season that I can remember....
6:21 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Scary slow start.
6:37 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Scary slow start.

Holloween?

;-)
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9:25 am on Nov 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Slow start here too.
11:41 am on Nov 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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According to statistics released by the Hong Kong government, exports to the US declined by 4% in the third quarter because of weakening demand. The 4th quarter is likely to be even worse.

Hong Kong is the preferred transit port for a lot of Chinese made products. Therefore if you are in the US, you should brace yourself for a bad christmas season. Many manufacturers in Hong Kong are worried that the US is about to enter a recession. If the feds reduce interest rates again, all hell could break lose with the US dollar. Our own sales to the US has more or less collapsed. In fact, we are planning to get out of e-commerce altogether soon.

1:44 pm on Nov 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Our traffic is up and sales are up about 33%, but we were sandboxed last season.
4:42 pm on Nov 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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mine's awesome. i'm not chalking it 100% up to holiday sales, however, since our site just launched in Feb. and the traffic has been growing steadily all fall.
5:46 pm on Nov 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Almost flat for our main site, a little growth for a newer site. But that's visits; actual conversions to sale are way, way, way down.
2:02 am on Nov 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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traffic doubled - tripled

conversions and volume seems to be very late in the pickup, somewhat eerie...

daylight savings being a week late; thanksgiving being a week early, the mild weather all over the country, and concerns/hesitations about the future economy seem to all, in combination, created a scary slow start

we sell unique specialized gifts and this is the only time we actually make money.

however, the American way is all about froogle spending for christmas, its more justified in the weeks before xmas then in the months before if everyone isnt booming. this could mean an incredible intense 4 weeks before xmas given the incredibly slow start --- the damand for xmas gifts doesnt lower simply because everyone is behind, or starting their shopping cautiously.

7:36 pm on Nov 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yes, when things are slow this time of year and people wait until the last minute to shop, whatever the reason is, the internet does lose out, due to the fact of our shipping time delay, remembering a Xmas during the Bush Gore Election where there was a debate on who should be President in 2001, it really hit our business hard at the time, we lost most of our internet sales and our retailers didn't sell their goods until the last week before Christmas.

But thank god that is not the case this year, It will start up a couple of days after Thanksgiving.
Look forward to the money, I hate all that extra freaking work...

11:42 pm on Nov 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Ours is up this year, with the falling USD and the Canadian Dollar having strength, we have seen a nice increase from Canadian Customers.
2:46 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Traffic WAY up due to top ranking of late. Site started in feb.

Sales are up and down. We'll do incredible one day, and flat for the next 2 days.

Overall, not what i expected, but better than the summer season.

HG

11:14 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Decent enough. My newest E-Commerce site is doing 5-10 orders per day and has been live for about two months.

SE traffic is also on the rise, as are wishlist bookmarks.

11:21 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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So far, so good.

Sales are in line with projections.