Local small businesses cash in on Cyber Monday

News 12 at 11 o' clock/ December 2, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga.--Local businesses are cashing in on Cyber Monday. Michael Tomaszewski is the owner of MTS Services, and he says, "Today is really just the constant of keeping up with what's been ordered, what needs to go out, things like that."

Cyber Monday makes for a busy day over at the MTS Services Warehouse in Augusta. They're a small business that runs an online retail website called cutiepieclothes.com.

Tomaszewski says, "We primarily distribute in retail, child, women, and baby products. Everything from strollers and bags to bottles and outfits."

Sandy Collins handles customer care for the website, and Cyber Monday keeps her pretty busy each year. She says, "We're getting closer and closer to Christmas and people are scrambling trying to find just that right outfit for their child."

Cyber Monday started back in 2005 and has grown every year since. Last year, US online sales totaled close to 1.5 billion dollars.

Tomaszewski says, "Last year it was our single biggest sales day of the year. It was approximately 2 times that of any other day of the year."

Economists expect Cyber Monday sales to be up again this year, which means more money for online giants like Amazon, but small businesses turn a profit too.

"A lot of people don't know that when you buy things from Amazon, you aren't necessarily buying anything from Amazon. You might be buying it from here or some place in Wichita," Tomaszewski says.

And, although cutiepieclothes.com doesn't have a local storefront, a lot of the money they make on Cyber Monday will help the local economy.

"When we do business, we're bringing money from outside of the community, outside of the state, sometimes outside of the country and we're bringing it right here at home, introducing quote unquote new money into Augusta," he says.

Some projections predict more than 2.2 billion dollars in online sales for Cyber Monday in the U.S. alone.

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