Cyber Monday is here - let's go online retail crazy!
Those folks who know about this sort of thing say that today is Cyber Monday – when punters spend more money online than any other day. Oh yes, big time. A bloke near a pub told us that it is caused by a kind of weird trance virus that the shadowy heads of the top online retailers have secretly developed. They send out through your computer screen and into your eyes when log on for the first time today. He might have been lying though.
Visa are predicting that £300 million will be spent online today amid the belief that there is a renewed buoyancy in the retail sector – and it’s all thanks to John Lewis. The department store chain is traditionally seen as an indicator for the rest of the retail world and they’re reporting a 22 per cent rise on the previous week compared to the same week last year.
Today is believed to be the big pre-Christmas day for online retail as shoppers will have browsed the stores over the weekend before going online for the best prices. If that’s your plan, be careful out there as online fraudsters will be ready and waiting to fleece you of your money in what they might be calling Cyber Fraud Day.
So, only shop with retailers that you know of – a ‘too good to be true’ deal probably is just that. Make sure your internet security is bang up to date and working properly. Using a credit card increases your chances of getting your cash back if you are the victim of thievery. Oh and don’t buy Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen because it’s shite.