Your Cyber Monday Shopping Can Help Create Jobs In Local Communities

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– According to Statista, 40 percent of internet users in the United States make more than one online purchase per month, and 20 percent make online purchases on a weekly basis. This aligns with Cyber Monday’s growth as the largest and fastest growing online shopping day of the year. This Cyber Monday, consumers can shop great deals at Goodwill across more than 2,000 categories of fashion and apparel, electronics, home appliances, toys, jewelry, antique and collectible items, and musical instruments to suit their likes and needs all while providing job placement and training, and education opportunities to help people in local communities.®, the first and only nonprofit auction site created, owned and operated by a nonprofit, was designed with Goodwill’s mission of helping people find jobs and build their careers in mind. The site, which was first developed in 1999, has generated more than $212 million since its inception to provide career and community-based services to people with disabilities and disadvantages, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. Just as the local stores do,® uses more than 87 percent of the revenue earned to provide employment and job training opportunities to people in local communities. Last year alone, Goodwill shoppers helped place 288,000 people into career advancing opportunities.

Shopping and bidding on® is free and easy. More than 1.6 million registered users from all 50 states and many other countries browse, bid and buy on the auction site, where they have access to more than 200,000 donated items at any given time, plus the luxury of negotiating prices via auction. Shoppers can sort items by seller and browse locally available inventory.

Beginning today through Cyber Monday, shoppers will have access to more than 2,500 deals that have been listed for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion as well as penny shipping, no handling fees and the option to immediately purchase listed items.® is just one way Goodwill uses technology to benefit its mission. The site provides a unique global shopping experience to more than four million consumers per month, which generates revenue to enable people to find employment and care for their families in communities nationwide,” said Ryan Smith, senior director of online operations at®. “Items are collected from 125 local Goodwill organizations and auctioned to consumers. Additionally, the site provides opportunities for program participants to have operational jobs that are mission integrated while learning new skills, such as photography, customer services and technology, including web forms, listing and shipping, and processing, stocking and fulfillment systems.”® is an effective platform to help meet the needs of the increasing number of online shoppers we see today,” said Kyle Stewart, senior director of donated good retail at Goodwill Industries International. “The unique variety of items on the site, its convenience and the fact that it fuels economic development in local communities makes® a great option for this year’s holiday shopping.”

Be sure to visit® for reasonably priced items that will help your community this Cyber Monday!

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