Holiday spice doesn't have everyone feeling so nice, keeping some consumers indoors this season. According to a new study, the idea of shopping on Black Friday has left more people feeling gloomy, rather than gleeful.
In a national survey of 1,000 participants, CouponMountain.com revealed 55 percent of Americans plan to do at least some of their holiday shopping online, with 40 million consumers prepared to do the bulk of it via the Web.
The survey identified the top five frustrations keeping shoppers away from the mall this year:
1. Crowds (69 percent)
2. Long lines (58 percent)
3. Having to arrive early to get the best deals (50 percent)
4. Stores under-stocked on hot items (48 percent)
5. Parking lot pandemonium (37 percent)
By comparison, online retailing easily attracts customers, with an allure of shopping anytime and anywhere--not to mention receiving better deals, to boot.
Now, before releasing your inner Scrooge from its cage, it should be noted that it's not all bad news this holiday. The season of giving still has people feeling generous, with more than seven out of ten gift-givers intending to spend the same amount, if not more than last year, according to a recent survey of holiday shoppers conducted on behalf of Lands' End and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. The survey also said that 84 percent plan to send their Yule-tide, mailing out greeting cards.
Find other spending trends this holiday here--see if it doesn't grow your Grinch-heart three sizes larger today.