Most Americans say they won't shop on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday

Nov. 19, 2014

Most Americans won’t shop on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday this year, according to a new Bankrate.com report. Millennials are the most likely to shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Contrary to their tech-savvy reputation, 18-29 year-olds are more likely to shop in stores on Black Friday than online. Millennials are 13 percentage points more likely to set foot in a store on Black Friday than older adults. They are also the most likely to shop online on both days, but by a smaller margin.

Just 28 percent of Americans plan to shop in a store on Black Friday. Including online shoppers, 40 percent of Americans expect to do some holiday shopping on Black Friday. They anticipate spending an average of $399 per shopper, with a median of $200.

“Consumers are well-aware that deep discounts will be offered throughout the holiday shopping season,” Bankrate.com analyst Jeanine Skowronski said. “They don’t necessarily need to brave the Black Friday crowds to score them.”

Only one in four Americans anticipate making an online purchase on Cyber Monday. The average planned expenditure is slightly lower than on Black Friday ($361); the $200 median is the same. Men are marginally more likely to shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday than women.

Thirty-eight percent of in-store Black Friday shoppers say they will pay with cash, 34 percent plan to use debit cards and 24 percent are likely to use credit cards.

For online purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, 46 percent expect to pay with credit cards and 43 percent expect to pay with debit cards.


Topics: Consumer Behavior, Marketing, Omnichannel / Multichannel


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