E-Commerce Holiday Story Suggestions; Collectibles Industry Finds a Home on the Web

E-Commerce Holiday Story Suggestions; Collectibles Industry Finds a Home on the Web

NEW YORK–(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)–Nov. 24, 1999–

A recent survey found that an estimated 10 million U.S. collectors have used the Internet as a source to buy, sell and trade collectibles. With 37 million collectors in America, the collectibles industry generates over $11 billion a year in revenue. GoCollect.com, created by collectors for collectors, is a new portal for content, community and commerce that facilitates collecting for this diverse and fragmented industry. With a wide range of product lines, including Precious Moments(TM), Cherished Teddies(TM) and Department 56(TM), as well as limited edition holiday pieces, GoCollect.com is the premier community for collectors.

SoldOut.com: The Last-Minute Shoppers’ Paradise

According to Forrester Research, by the year 2003 consumers will purchase one-fifth of all event tickets on the Internet. And online ticket sales will reach $238 million this year. SoldOut.com of Darien, CT specializes in hard to obtain tickets for sports events, concerts, theatre performances and special events such as the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Met. It is an off-shoot of the 12-year-old telephone operation, 1-800-SoldOut and links buyers with sellers.

New Online Book Retailer Goes Head to Head against Competitors

According to a recent report by Nielsen/NetRatings, books are the top online purchase category this holiday season. AllBooks4Less.com is a new online book retailer that offers up to 70 percent less than the leading online booksellers. The site offers an extensive collection of fiction, non-fiction, cooking, computer, romance, educational and children’s books and allows the consumer to compare AllBooks4Less.com’s price values in real-time with the top two online booksellers.

Beauty and The Web

Beauty on the Internet is one of the “hottest” new categories this year. According to the NPD Group, the number of online shoppers for cosmetics and toiletries will more than double this holiday season. An NPD survey of online users found 11% plan to shop online for cosmetics between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. This year’s most “attractive” gifts focus on healing, pampering and celebration, and they can be conveniently found online. At Clinique.com, visitors to the “Merry Makers” section choose from a variety of bundled gift ideas that reflect the current pampering trend. Clinique.com also offers a special “Wish List” section where customers can build their dream gift lists. At Origins.com, quality control of life is the mantra this holiday season, with specially packaged holiday products. Origins.com takes its “holistic healing” mission seriously – the site offers a full spectrum of holiday gift ideas – even gifts for dogs! Bobbi Brown Cosmetics recently started selling beauty products online and this holiday season, consumers can purchase The Style Box Glamour 2000.

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