The commercial craziness that is the run up to Christmas has kicked off here in Britain, with the checkout tills humming from Oxford street to Covent Garden in London. But if you listen carefully, you should also be able to hear the whirrings of transactions in the darkness of cyberspace. The English have embraced online shopping, and there are estimates that we will buy 15% of our Christmas goodies online this year.
I’m a great example of someone who uses the Internet for work and play. As if being wedded to the laptop for more hours of the day than necessary isn’t enough, I choose to shop online as well. And for the most part, I love it. As an industrious cyber-shopper and pedant, I pride myself in spotting Web site shortcomings.
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