Black Friday – the biggest shopping day of every year that everyone looks forward to. It’s when prices of almost everything are slashed down to practically giveaway costs, from electronic gadgets to just about anything that's on display in the stores. Minds spin in mathematical frenzies and fingers tap on digital calculators, balancing finances and mulling over what to buy. The hearts’ many desires that have been put on hold just to wait for this super sale event.
Black Friday used to be relegated to the background, reserving the seat of honor for Thanksgiving Day - that all-important, distinctively American holiday where families gather together and celebrate the pilgrims’ first successful summer in the New World. However, in recent years, it has risen from its lowly status of being an accessory to the Thanksgiving festivities to becoming a star player in its own right. For many people, Black Friday has become an orgasmic experience, replete with the sensual anticipation and the pleasure that await them as they look for that ultimate sale to splurge their cash or credit card on.
If for any reason you can’t make it to the brick-and-mortar store sales on this day, don’t despair. There is still Cyber Monday, when it’s the online stores’ time to bring out their discounts. Cyber Monday, which is the Monday that follows Thanksgiving, is also quickly gaining acceptance as a day of importance in its own rite. With more and more consumers taking to the Internet to shop, there are even predictions that Cyber Monday will replace Black Friday as the busiest shopping day of the year in the future.
The swell of activity on this day makes perfect sense too; since most businesses are closed on Black Friday, many Americans will end their workweek on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Going into work on Monday morning - especially after a four-day weekend - is a task that many workers grudgingly accept. However, the numbers reveal that many spend at least a part of the day click-click-clicking away at their favorite dot-coms.
eVitamins is no exception to these new rules of shopping, and over the years there have been interesting trends in the way people shop on these two pivotal days of the year. Here's what eVitamins' customers have trended during past Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays.
2010 Black Friday
Black Friday in 2010 had Ziapro leading the pack as the most popular supplement. Ziapro is an herbal supplement for men that provides them with 24-hour sustained energy and a renewed vitality. Created to keep up with the long haul in the bedroom, it contains a proprietary blend of herbs that have been in use since the ancient times. Its proven effectiveness allows for an intensified sexual performance that's guaranteed to keep the lady satisfied. This supplement is not for men who have heart conditions or high blood pressure.
Vitamin D3 supplements took 2nd and 3rd honors, in strengths of 5,000 and 10,000 IU respectively. Vitamin D3 is an indispensable ally of calcium, aiding in its absorption and keeping the bones and teeth strong. Their tandem helps prevent the onset of osteoporosis and osteomalacia. It also lessens the risk for fractures and a stooping posture.
2010 Cyber Monday
For Cyber Monday in 2010, Bioperine Enhanced Green Tea Fat Metabolizer was the runaway winner. Green tea, bitter orange extract, natural caffeine and black pepper extract are all combined to make this powerful fat burner and appetite controller. Its liquid gel form allows for 200 percent faster absorption than regular tablets or capsules.
Coming in second was Key E Suppositories by Carlson's Labs. These are inserts that provide lubrication for vaginal dryness in women who have reached menopause. Formulated with vitamin E, coconut oil and palm oil, Key E Suppositories enhance sexual pleasure for middle-aged women and help strengthen relationships through increased intimacy.
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2009, Natrol's Sleep ‘N Restore was the number one seller. Sleep 'N Restore was formulated to help people get a deep, soothing sleep and wake up feeling energized and refreshed. The antioxidants in its formula help prevent cell and tissue damage that spring from poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy environment.
alli once required a prescription but went over-the-counter in 2007. By 2008 it was among the top sellers for the Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend. alli is a weight loss product that doesn't act on the central nervous system, but instead blocks the fat and prohibits its absorption into the body. Combined with a diet plan and exercise, alli makes losing weight 50 percent more effective than if done with dieting alone.
So what vitamins and supplements are eVitamins' customers buying on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? It depends on the year but the trends are concurrent with our perceptions of this time of year.
Surges in sexual products for men and women alike.
The holidays are a time of love and togetherness and it makes sense that the libido would experience a jolt during this time of year. With all of the emotions flying around, who wouldn't want to spend more time with their special someone? The facts don't lie either - New Year's Eve is the number one day for conceptions in this country, which is best evidenced by the fact that the most common birthday for newborns is October 5.
The increased need for vitamin D.
Vitamin D3 help protects against depression, which is an unfortunate side effect of the season's shorter days, colder weather and the holidays themselves. Since it can't be produced by the body and its quantity may be insufficient in foods, taking the supplement ensures an adequate supply. This is crucial for the winter season because the main source of vitamin D for most people is the sun's rays, and less sunlight plus layers of clothes means less vitamin D is gained through exposure to the sun.
It's easy to see why weight loss supplements are consistently popular during these two shopping days. All of the parties, dinners, drinks, snacks and sweets add up and the average American will gain some girth in the midsection during the holidays and winter in general. Fat burners, carb blockers and metabolism boosters are popular because they limit the gluttony that takes place.
With the big two days fast approaching it will be interesting to see what people will be buying this year. Whatever it is, one thing’s for sure: healthy living has certainly made its way into the fray.