Shoppers go online for Cyber Monday deals

<p>Cyber Monday</p>

Cyber Monday

Black Friday may be over, but millions of shoppers are still spending big money today on Cyber Monday.

Shoppers are expected to spend $1.5 billion today online.

That's up 20% compared to Cyber Monday last year.

Pasco's Paul Theisen is at Best Buy in Kennewick today picking up some speakers he bought online.

"I got 50% off. So I bought a $100 pair of speakers for $54 with tax" said Theisen.

Shoppers who didn't go out on Black Friday, or who couldn't find what they were looking for, are heading to their computers today for savings during Cyber Monday.

Jennifer Olson is getting a new computer - a purchase that's been long overdue.

"I have been researching this for a year now, and now it's finally at a good price. $465 after taxes and it's a really good computer" said Olson.

During the Black Friday weekend, sales were strong.

According to a National Retail Federation survey, a record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites - and the average shopper spent $423.

The Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick was packed the entire weekend - some stores saw record sales.

"Numerous retailers have told me they topped last year's sales. Again, numerous retailers were #1 in their regions for their brands. This was a great season for the mall" said Patricia Bardin, Columbia Center Mall.

And local business are reporting healthy sales from Small Business Saturday.

Merrianne Door, the owner of JD's Time Center in downtown Kennewick, says her shop had four times the number of sales it has on a normal day.

"It was a really great weekend. We had such a good time. We had so many customers come in and most of them mentioned Small Business Saturday - that that's why they were downtown" said Door.

Today's online shoppers say the savings are great on Cyber Monday, but what's even better is being able to avoid the holiday rush.

"No lines. Absolutely no lines at all. Just ordered it online and picked it up" said Theisen.

Total spending for the Black Friday weekend reached an estimated $59 billion dollars, according to the National Retail Federation.