Kara Swisher

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Jingle All the Way: Consumers Loaded Up Their iPads on Christmas Day

Experian Marketing Services said in its latest report that online traffic to retail sites rose 27 percent overall compared to last year on Christmas Day, with top sites being Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Macy’s. Apple iTunes saw visits increase 193 percent from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, with consumers looking to load up various devices once they got them as gifts. The stats were less robust for Amazon, where visits in the same time frame increased just 24 percent, largely aimed at its Kindles.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus