Record online shopping numbers expected for Cyber Monday

ABC News business reporter Alexis Christoforous breaks down the holiday weekend shopping numbers and examines consumer shopping trends across the country.
5:49 | 11/28/22

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MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE SCOURING THE INTERNET. YOU, INCLUDING PUTTING ME SHOPPING FOR DEALS FOR MY WIFE'S CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. >> THAT'S RIGHT. HE WON'T GIVE ANYTHING UP. THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ,THOUGH, IS GIVING UP SOME BIG NUMBERS, SAYING MORE THAN SIXTY THREE MILLION PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY SHOP ONLINE TODAY AFTER MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HIT THE MALLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON BLACK FRIDAY, WHICH, BY THE WAY, WAS NUTS DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY. >> I COULD NOT BELIEVE ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS THE BACK UP, UP AND DOWN FOR NINETY FIVE JUST OUTSIDE SAN FRANCISCO. THAT IS TRUE. THAT IS TRUE. WHAT DO YOU THINK, ALEXIS ? I MEAN, BREAK DOWN THE EARLY NUMBERS AS WE'RE DEALING WITH INFLATION. IT SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE STILL WERE READY TO GET A GOOD DEAL . >> ABSOLUTELY. I WAS ACTUALLY IN A MALL THIS WEEKEND, VERY UNLIKE ME, BUT I WAS AND IT WAS DEFINITELY MORE CROWDED THAN I AM USED TO SEEING. LOTS OF PEOPLE WANTED TO GET BACK TO THE PHYSICAL STORES. WE ACTUALLY SAW IN PERSON VISITS TO THE STORES UP THREE PERCENT THIS BLACK FRIDAY VERSUS LAST YEAR. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? I DIDN'T SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE DOING ACTUAL SHOPPING. IT WAS MORE LIKE SOCIAL SHOPPING. THEY JUST WANTED TO GO TO THE STORE, DO A LITTLE WINDOW SHOPPING AND EAT OUT. RESTAURANT SALES WERE BIG THIS PAST WEEKEND, BUT WHEN THEY DID WANT TO BUY, THEY ACTUALLY WENT ONLINE ON BLACK FRIDAY BECAUSE ONLINE ORDERS TOTALED NINE POINT TWELVE DOLLARS BILLION. THAT WAS A RECORD. SOME OF THAT IS INFLATION, OF COURSE, BECAUSE OF PAYING MORE TO BUY LESS, BUT STILL IMPRESSIVE. AND TODAY, CYBER MONDAY, WE ARE LOOKING AT SALES TOPPING ELEVEN POINT TWO BILLION. IF THEY DO, IT WILL BE A RECORD . >> SO THAT IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE ECONOMY. WE KEEP HEARING ABOUT THE ECONOMIC HEADWINDS, WHICH ARE SIGNIFICANT, BUT COMPARED TO THE LAST TIME INFLATION WAS THIS HIGH, WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT WAS ALSO HIGH AND IT WAS AFRAID ABOUT LOSING THEIR JOBS, IS A DIFFERENT CLIMATE. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE BUYING. WHAT ARE THE EARLY TOP SELLERS AND WHERE ARE THE BIGGEST DISCOUNTS, DO YOU THINK, ALEXIS ? >> YEAH, AND YOU JUST HIT BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A STRONG JOB MARKET, SO FOLKS SHOULD FEEL A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE GOING OUT AND SPENDING BECAUSE THEY FEEL SECURE IN THEIR JOBS. SOME OF THE BIG SELLERS YOU COULD HAVE GUESSED IT ANYTHING, APPLE, MAC, BOOKS, WATCHES, ALSO DRONES, PRETTY POPULAR. AND OF COURSE, GAMING AS USUAL, INCLUDING FIFA. TWENTY THREE , MAYBE, YOU KNOW, THE WORLD CUP HAPPENING NOW, HAS MADE THAT SORT OF A FRIEND OF MINE FOR EVERYBODY AT THE MOMENT. >> AND WE'RE ALSO LEARNING OF THE IPHONE PROBLEMS IN GETTING IPHONES BECAUSE THERE ARE SHORTAGES, BECAUSE, OF COURSE, IPHONES ARE MADE IN CHINA. CHINA'S LOCKED DOWN SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEMS. >> HOW BIG A DEAL IS THAT GOING TO BE FOR APPLE AND FOR PEOPLE WANT TO BUY AN IPHONE? IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG DEAL . SO THIS IS GOING TO BE AFFECTING THE IPHONE 14 PRO AND PRO MAX MODELS. PEOPLE WHO ORDERED THESE PHONES LAST WEEK COULD GET THE EARLIEST THIRTY SEVEN DAYS FROM NOW. SO IF YOU HAVEN'T ORDERED THEM YET, YOU'RE DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO BE GETTING THEM IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. IT LOOKS LIKE THE REGULAR APPLE 14 IS IN STOCK. AND AGAIN, THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING PROTESTS IN CHINA OVER THEIR ZERO COVID POLICY AND ALL OF THOSE LOCKDOWN'S AGAIN, APPLE COMING UP AGAINST SOME REAL BIG SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES. NO WORD YET IF IT'S AFFECTING OTHER APPLE PRODUCTS LIKE THE MACBOOK AND THE WATCHES. THEY'RE NOT MADE NECESSARILY AT THAT FOXCONN MANUFACTURING PLANT IN CHINA. SO FOR NOW AT LEAST, THOSE OTHER PRODUCTS SEEM TO BE OKAY. >> YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING IN THIS FULL DISCLOSURE HERE, I WENT IN TO SWITCH OUT MY IPHONE TO GET THE NEW ONE BECAUSE I HAD TIME. RIGHT. WE HAD A FEW DAYS OFF. THEY TOLD ME IT WOULD BE A MONTH. BUT ALEXIS ARRIVED IN TWO DAYS. I LITERALLY HAD TO DOUBLE CHECK THAT. >> YEAH, THIS IS MY PHONE. YEAH. SO I DON'T KNOW IF I JUST GOT LUCKY. YOU. >> IS IT ME? I JUST I WAS BLESSED. THIS THING I'M GOING TO SAY IT'S JUST YOU AND I THINK THAT RUBS OFF ON ME. GO I'LL SEND YOU MY PHONE. YOU'RE WELCOME TO TO BUY IT. BUDLONG WITH THAT SAID, YOU DO HAVE TO BE CAREFUL. THERE'S LESS SCAMS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, TOO. YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT CALLS YOU'RE TAKING AND WHERE YOU GO IN LINE WITH RELAXIUM. >> THERE YOU GO . THAT WOULD BE HARD TO BRING BACK TO THAT TOMORROW. YEAH, SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT THERE. >> SO DEFINITELY MORE MORE TO COME SEE WHERE YOU GO GREEN TO . GOOD TO SPEND YOUR MONEY, COLOR OF MONEY, COLOR, MONEY BABY . >> THAT I LIKE. THANK YOU ALEXIS . THANKS VERY MUCH. >> WELL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FIRST LADY JILL BIDEN HAS DECK THE HALLS AND WE THE PEOPLE CAN NOW OFFICIALLY ENJOY THE CONSTITUTION THEMED HOLIDAY GLITZ AND GLAMOUR AS SHE HAS UNVEILED HER DIVERSE DECORATIONS WITH IN THE WHITE HOUSE. I LOVE WHITE HOUSE DECORATIONS. THESE DECORATIONS INCLUDE OVER SEVENTY SEVEN CHRISTMAS TREES AND EIGHTY THREE THOUSAND HOLIDAY LIGHTS. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. THEY'RE ALSO PLANNING AN ENTIRELY EDIBLE GINGERBREAD CREATION MADE FROM TWENTY SHEETS OF SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH. THIRTY OF GINGERBREAD DOUGH AND ALMOST FORTY POUNDS OF ICING. LET'S EAT THE WHITE HOUSE PRETTY GOOD. OH, IT'S BEEN. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE EATING AWAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE RIGHT NOW AS WE FOLLOW POLITICS. BUT IT'S EVEN SWEETER BY THE HUNDRED AND FIFTY VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK DAY, NIGHT OVER THE PAST WEEK TO MAKE THE SHINING CITY ON THE HILL A LITTLE BIT SHINIER. THIS YEAR, WE GOT LUCKY COVERING THE WHITE HOUSE, YOU AND I. WE GOT TO SEE THOSE ROOMS, SEE THOSE DECORATIONS. I HAD TO BRING MY KIDS, WHOMEVER IT WAS, WOULD ESCORT THE PRESS THROUGH WITH A MAJOR PROJECT , THESE WHITE HOUSE DECORATIONS, CHOOSING A THEME, MAKING SURE IT ALL CAME OUT RIGHT. >> I LOVE THIS BECAUSE IT GETS YOU IN THE SPIRIT. YEAH. AND YEAH, IT'S ONE OF THOSE ONCE IN A LIFETIME THINGS YOU GET TO HOLD ONTO AND YOU PASS ON GENERATION TO GENERATION. THERE'LL BE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF VISITORS AGAIN AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. CHRISTMAS PARTIES. SO HAVE FUN, ENJOY THE DECORATIONS. IF YOU GOT AN INVITE, KNOW YOU CAN WE. YEAH, WE DIDN'T GET AN INVITE THIS YEAR. WHAT HAPPENED AFTER COVERING TRUMP? >> WELL, EVERYTHING CHANGED

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