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Holiday shopping can be as quick as a click

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Millions of shoppers chose to ditch the crazy Black Friday lines to shop on-line today. Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year. From the big box stores, to the local mom and pop shops right here in north central Wisconsin, businesses are rolling out the bargains.

More than 131 million shoppers plan to shop online. That's up from last year. How much will they spend? Experts say $1.77 billion. That's a number local business owners like to hear.

"It's a good opportunity for some competition," said Rachel Taylor, web manager for Shepherd and Schaller, a sporting goods store in Wausau.

All you have to do is click on their home page, and you can see they're showing off some big bargains.

"We're happy with our sales and we're seeing them continue to grow," said Taylor.

So much so they're extending their sales through Sunday. Other stores are following suit. For many major retailers, Cyber Monday just doesn't mean one day. Walmart says it will offer 200 deals each day through Friday. Amazon is offering a new deal every 10 minutes until Saturday. Target has a new deal, every day, all week long.

Over at sears in Wausau, the online deals have these aisles a little less hectic. In fact, store employees say the real action is back in the stock room.

"We bring in extra people in our receiving area because our web to homes will come in," said Dean Whipple, store manager.

Whipple says as online orders come in, the stock room fills up.

"It's huge for us," said Whipple. "That's why its so important we have a team dedicated to handling those orders so when they come in, we're on it real quick and get them out within 24 hours."

Cyber Monday is a term that was coined back in 2005 by a trade group. They noticed online sales spiking on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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