Last year was a strong one for retailers because a few highly touted products were just making their way to market. Sony's PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii had consumers frantically banging away at their keyboards or sleeping in store parking lots in order to purchase these high-demand products of low availability. In fact, an Amazon.com promotion focusing on low priced PS3s was so well received that consumers knocked the company's Web site offline.
The video game market is expected to again drive traffic to the big e-commerce sites. To get a jump on the holiday spending, Microsoft announced the latest version of its popular "Halo" video game for the Xbox 360 in September. In October, Sony announced a bundling of the "Spider-Man 3" DVD with a 40GB version of the PS3 as well as cutting the price of its 80GB system.
Deep-pocketed customers are often drawn to technology-based products. "Digital photo frames, digital cameras, laptops and GPS systems are products that we expect to do well this year," said Chris Madaus, vice president of marketing for Staples Business Delivery. Home entertainment systems have been popular in the past few years.
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