The concept of Shop Small Business Saturday is my preferred way to shop with it’s common sense logic of circulating one’s purchase dollars within our community boutique shops, intimate restaurants and cozy pubs.  Black Friday is my least favorite way to shop .Cyber Monday is generally the most efficient and convenient way to shop; eliminating all of the Black Friday inconveniences and horror stories.
Shopping on Cyber Monday can still be done with many of your neighborhood shops since more and more small businesses now have websites.  The main disadvantage is not being able to connect and converse with the shop owners while mingling with customers in warm hospitality and goodwill that the concept of Shop Small Business Saturday conveys..
Social/business alternative created
Several years ago; I created and hosted my first Cyber Monday event during the work day for friends and associates with laptops in the conference room located in downtown Detroit using   It was a fun event meeting and interacting with others relishing light snacks while sipping wine.During the following holiday seasons this event was held in intimate neighborhood restaurants using netbooks.
This Year a Virtual event
With the weather being like mid-January instead of a normal December temperature; I decided to host virtual shopping/trainings on-line via e-mails, blogs, social media and/or phone starting today and  several different days over the days leading up to Christmas Eve, December 24th.  The virtual events will include  Shopping Tips, Gift Ideas and Becoming a Savvy Shopper all year round.Reply by e-mail to me if you have some good tips and gift ideas to share with others.  Everyone that submits a Shopping Tip or Gift Idea will receive a Complimentary Gift.   .

History & Perspective of Cyber Monday

The term was first used within the ecommerce community during the 2005 holiday season. According to Scott Silverman, the head of, the term was coined based on 2004 research showing “one of the biggest online shopping days of the year” was the Monday after Thanksgiving (12th-biggest day historically).   Retailers also noted the biggest period was December 5 through 15 of the previous year.

In late November 2005, the New York Times reported that “The name Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of otherwise productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and buying what they liked.

From:  Kevin Grant’s blog SmartAir The things that became obsolete in the 2000s

We take a look back at technologies that became obsolete in the 2000s. The smartphone and tablet and other new gadgets have had a major impact on changing our lives. Every decade we lose things and gain things. Let’s look back at the 2010s.


Text messaging, BlackBerry Messaging, Instant Messaging, Tweeting, Google Wave-ing, and emailing have taken over communication. The popularity of text messaging is gradually edging out calling.

Americans sent more than 110 billion text messages in December 2008, double the number in the last month of 2007 and it just keeps accelerating.

Classified Newspaper Ads and Newspaper Advertising

Not only have ad dollars followed audiences online, but the expansion of Craigslist — from one city, San Francisco, to over 500 — has sent chills down the spines of newspaper publishers everywhere, thinning newspapers and reducing ad sales.

Dial Up Internet

Noisy, slow, erratic, and wired. Nostalgic? Recall its beeps, fuzz, and hums.

Print Encyclopedias

Users have long since traded Britannicas on the bookshelf for the collaboratively-built, online-only Wikipedia. If you take any courses you will thank your lucky stars that Wikipedia and Google exist. I know I do.

Compact Disks and DVD Disks

CDs, and the stores that sold them, have all but been replaced by digital music that can be downloaded online, one track at a time. Along with this trend,  album art cover, the album, and artists with long music careers are becoming a trend of the past.


We are unplugging our landlines at a rapidly accelerating rate. Land lines have become irrelevant to most people.

Cameras Using Physical Film

Digital cameras– on phones, point-and-shoots, or computers– are capturing memories, instantly and cheaply. Film cameras and printed pictures have long since disappeared, along with the nasty toxic chemicals that were being used.

The Yellow Pages and Blue Pages

There was a time when “let your fingers do the walking” meant opening a phone book — not typing in a Google search query. Phone books, address books, and the Yellow Pages have been made obsolete, their information transferred from paper onto smartphones, and the web. Yellow pages have mobile apps but their model for generating revenue has died because Google searches have put them out of business.

Printed Promotional Materials and Catalogs

Earlier in 2010 “spam” came through the mail slot, not into your email inbox or SMS inbox. Times have changed and spam went digital.

Fax Machines

The promise being able to work from home and telecommute into the office did not become a reality. Fax was hot and now it’s definitely not. It may be time to take that fax number off your business card.

Cables and Wires

Wireless internet, wireless updating, wireless downloads, wireless charging, wireless headphones: Although wires are still around, they are well on their way to being a thing of the past. Gone are the days of a big draw full of cables for your gadgets. Multiple cables have been replaced by USB, HDMI, and Thunderbolt.

Handwritten Letters and Notes

Love letters, thank you notes, and invitations have gone being hand-written to typed, and from the mailbox to the inbox. Sending online messages is a bargain next to cost of buying a stamp. If you send some people a written note today, they may even think you are being weird.

Enjoy your Holiday Weekend!
Camille Mitchell

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