According to Wikipedia, the term Cyber Monday (which is the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States) has been in use since 2005 The day was created to encourage people to shop online. And, based on my experience this year, encourage they did.
All day long I had a flood of emails (most of which landed in my Junk folder because of my Inbox settings). The marketing department of every retail company I have a relationship with wanted me to know about their one-day only specials. Each time I checked there was another round of notifications offering great prices on clothes (everyday, exercise, and outdoor), collectibles, cruises (two different lines), home goods, makeup, and shoes.
Two online marketplaces enticed me to click through their links, telling me they had the best prices on things I had to have or gift to someone else. In addition to me and the people in my life, more messages told me I could buy food and accessories for my pets. One of the software programs I have on my computer let me know that I could upgrade to the newest version for a good price today. Even my local newspaper sent me an email asking me to check out their online shop.
I'm sure I disappointed all those marketing departments by not taking advantage of any of the sales that came my way. Maybe next year.
Five years ago today: Functional Fitness