ebay.co.uk reveals Sunday 30th November is set to be
its busiest shopping day of 2014
Over 7 million Brits expected to head to ebay.co.uk within 24 hours
20 November 2014 - eBay, one of the world’s largest marketplaces, reveals Sunday 30th November is set to be its busiest shopping day of 2014, in the UK. Hot on the heels of ‘Black Friday’ and landing the day prior to ‘Cyber Monday’, ‘Super Sunday’ is predicted to see site traffic soar as over 7 million Brits head to ebay.co.uk over 24 hours; poised to tick items off their Christmas lists in seasonal excitement. With over 104,000 deals available on site, there’s no better reason to keep old Saint Nick on his toes.
Underlining that the way we shop is changing; ebay.co.uk estimates that 1,800 gifts will be purchased per minute from a selection of over 800 million items, worldwide. Customers out in full force on the virtual high street, will be able to select from unique treasures to brand new ‘buy it now’ items to make 25th December, extra special. Visitors can shop from over 200,000 businesses across the UK, ranging from independent sellers to big name brands.
Couch cruisers tuning into the X Factor on Sunday, will also be likely to browse for the perfect gift via mobile (59%*) at the magic hour of 20:00-21:00 GMT, when ebay.co.uk is expected to reach fever pitch. From multi-tasking mums to anxious other-halves, many will also seek the ultimate convenience of choosing ‘Click & Collect’ from their sofa, with over 65,000 sellers on ebay.co.uk now offering the service across 650 Argos stores, nationwide.
The growth in online shopping (with services like Click & Collect) continues this Christmas as UK online retail numbers are set to reach almost £5bn this December, a 14% increase in sales compared to last year, throughout the industry.**
Since the launch of the eBay Christmas Shop (ebay.co.uk/Christmas), tech lifestyle and classic toys are proving the most popular presents on holiday wish lists, with Xbox, iPad, Bose Sound Bar, Lego and Playmobil looking to take prime position under trees across the nation.
Each hour on ebay.co.uk, Brits are also purchasing (no doubt to increase on ‘Super Sunday’):
· 5 teddy bears
· 57 board games
· 85 games consoles
· 99 tablets
· 258 mobile phones
· 318 handbags
Tanya Lawler, Vice President for eBay Marketplaces in the UK commented:
“This Christmas, above all, people want convenience and selection. Online and multi-channel retailers are able to offer fantastic depth within their product ranges and combine this with
convenient local collection services like Click & Collect – the perfect formula for today’s time-poor holiday shopper. With eBay, it’s never been easier to find the right gift from the
millions of new and unique items worldwide, whilst sitting comfortably on your sofa at home.”
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*eBay global data
**Mintel's Christmas 2014 predictions: Online sales to surge http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/retail-press-centre/mintels-christmas-2014-predictions-online-sales-to-surge
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About eBay Inc
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce and payments leader, providing a robust platform where merchants of all sizes can compete and win. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. connects millions of buyers and sellers and enabled $205 billion* of commerce volume in 2013. We do so through eBay, one of the world's largest online marketplaces, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and through eBay Enterprise, which enables omnichannel commerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises in the U.S. and internationally. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.
* This adjusted number reflects decision to remove vehicles and real estate GMV from ongoing total GMV and ECV metrics (previously stated ECV for 2013 was $212 billion, incorporating vehicles and real estate GMV).