- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 30, 2014

Is it Cyber Monday or hyper Monday? As the holidays approach, the majority of American shoppers are already dreaming of having their gifts delivered by drones. But they do not tire of the hunt — and the deal.

Millions will be online seeking the bargain of their dreams, even as journalists roll out favorite adjectives like “stunning” and “jaw-dropping” when reviewing the possibility of online deals to be had during Cyber Monday, the hysteria-free cousin of Black Friday.

But wait, there is still some hysteria to be had; journalists also caution that deals can be fleeting — and that shoppers still need old-fashioned lists to keep their priorities straight.

The National Retail Federation predicts 126 million Americans will be manning their devices on Monday seeking whatever they couldn’t find in the previous 48 hours — and haunting the “deal of the hour” on a site simply titled CyberMonday.com The group also notes that online shoppers shelled out $2.2 billion for their finds last year.

And of course there’s a poll. Here are the numbers from a poll of C-NET readers.

77 percent of Americans plan to purchase at least half of their Christmas and holiday presents online.

69 percent say it’s OK to do at least some online shopping while at work.

63 percent will treat themselves to a gift.

53 percent would like a drone to deliver their holiday gifts for them.

50 percent report that at least half the gifts they give this year will be electronics.

42 percent would like to received a tablet; 30 percent will give one.

33 percent would like to receive a flat-screen TV; 9 percent will give one.

Source: A C-NET survey of 1,433 U.S. adults conducted throughout November and released Friday.

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