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Cyber Monday sales to set record

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Though Black Friday is over, another very busy shopping day is tomorrow and many are expected to use their online shopping carts in record numbers this year.

"I plan on purchasing some gifts for my kids. Being that they're both teenagers, everything that they want is expensive. It's electronic usually so I'll be looking for the deals online," said Troy Booth from Ware.

It's a convenient way for shoppers to get the best deals right from their computer or phone.

"What I find online is great. The fewer trips I have to go to mall," said Booth.

For many people, Cyber Monday is worth it because you won't have to deal with the hassle of Black Friday.

"I didn't go to the stores Black Friday, I didn't want to deal with that but maybe online," said Melissa Stefanowich from Chicopee. 

For big box stores, like Target, Macy's and Walmart, Cyber Monday doesn't end on Monday. It's a week-long event. Some stores are even giving shoppers free shipping with their purchases.

"Nowadays, I feel like online is easier when it comes to shipping and everything. I mean a lot of websites have free shipping you can always shop around store to store," said Stefanowich.

While other people Western Mass News talked to say they'd rather do their shopping in person. 

"I don't do online shopping so I'm afraid they're going to steal my identity and get all that stuff," said Shonna Lappin from Springfield. "I'd rather do it in person that way I can pick out what I want. I can see it. You know I'd rather pick it out myself then trust that I'm gonna get it online."

This year, Cyber Monday is expected to total $3 billion for the first time. That's a 12% increase from a year ago. 

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