One-tenth of the world's population shopping online, says ACNielsen

One-tenth of the world's population shopping online, says ACNielsen

Summary: In a clear sign that cultures the world over are growing more comfortable with online shopping, a study from ACNielsen Europe published today reveals that about 10 percent of the world's population - more than 627 million people - has shopped online at least once. The countries with the highest incidents of shopping online were Germany, Austria, and the UK with at least 95 percent of surveyed Internet users having made purchases online.

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In a clear sign that cultures the world over are growing more comfortable with online shopping, a study from ACNielsen Europe published today reveals that about 10 percent of the world's population - more than 627 million people - has shopped online at least once. The countries with the highest incidents of shopping online were Germany, Austria, and the UK with at least 95 percent of surveyed Internet users having made purchases online.  The US ranked eleventh with 89 percent of users having purchased something online. An article from The International Herald Tribune discusses these findings and points out differences in buying habits across regions and demographics, while a press release cites that over 212 million online shoppers mention books as among the last 3 items they purchased online. In addition:

  • Over 135 million people have purchased DVDs and/or video games
  • Close to 135 million made plane reservations
  • Over 128 million purchased articles of clothing/accessories/shoes
  • Over 112 million paid for music downloads and/or CDs
  • Over 106 million purchased electronic devices (including cameras, etc.)
  • Close to 98 million bought computer hardware
  • Over 86 million consumers made hotel and/or tour bookings.

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  • Ten percent of the WORLD's population?

    That's pretty amazing...if true. This statistic sounds a little far fetched, although I can't back it up with statistics. It's just that there are MANY places in the world that don't have indoor plumbing or even electricity, much less access to the machinery (credit cards, bank accounts, reliable mail service to deliver purchased goods, or credit worthiness sufficient to enable an online sale). I could be wrong on this, since I do know students in Alaska who don't have indoor plumbing in their cabins, yet have high speed access to the Internet, so maybe I'm underestimating my fellow world citizens.
    dsentman@...
  • Tax, Tax, Tax

    I'm sure it will be all taxed soon enough. Once it is, I think I'll just head back to the stores.

    I'm sure each day that goes by makes a politician cry that they aren't doing more to tax us already.

    Sometimes, I fail to see the point. They might as well cut out the sillyness and just stick guns to our backs and make us slave. It's what it's all slowly getting to anyway..

    Pay Tax when you earn it
    Pay Tax when you spend it
    Pay Tax when you are taxed
    Pay Tax when you die
    Pay Tax when you are born
    Pay Tax when you use power
    Pay Tax when you are out of a job and get a pittace for food
    Pat Tax when you surf the web

    ... and on and on....
    regloff@...