Business Booms Locally on Cyber Monday

November 26, 2012 Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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November 26, 2012 Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM EDT


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Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW) - If you missed out on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, you still have Monday to stock up on gifts for the holidays.

Cyber Monday is taking off this year, and with so many deals and steals, like those at ChristmasCentral.com in Cheektowaga, experts predict record-breaking sales.

David Gordon, the company's President and CEO, says "it's definitely a new record for us -- it's been absolutely incredible. The web traffic has been great."

ChristmasCentral.com saw 20-thousand orders last weekend alone -- and that's before Cyber Monday really hit.

Specials on Monday included 80-percent off some artificial trees, up to 75-percent savings on shatterproof ornaments and up to 50-percent off lights. All these items are highly sought after this year.

Gordon says "Everyone wants it yesterday, everybody's in Christmas mood now, and we're trying to get it to them as quickly as it can."

So many people shopped online, it shutdown the company's website temporarily. Gordon said "Our tech guys are on it 24-7 -- to make sure we receive the orders. We won't lose the orders, but they may get delayed."

Another reason for so much web traffic -- a lot of orders from those hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Gordon says "A lot of people's Christmas decorations were destroyed, whether they were in their garage or basements, they were flooded."

Another business with special deals online -- CityMade. The Western New York company is offering a free cookbook with every $50 purchase.

Anchorbar is also giving away a free shot glass for anyone with orders a gallon of sauce online.

Benita Lepu, with CityMade, says "Everybody thinks of wings -- you think Buffalo you think wings -- it's just a fun freebie you get that's extra."

Experts predict records nationwide too. Research firm comScore expects to see $1.5 million in online sales -- a 20-percent increase from Cyber Monday in 2011.