Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Canadians make 5 trips to the mall and spend 11 hours holiday shopping, according to PayPal Canada survey

PayPal Escape the Mall Web Site Launched to Help Canadians Save Time and Money by Shopping Online this Holiday Season

TORONTO, November 23, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - Canadian shoppers will go to great lengths finding the perfect present for everyone on their gift list this holiday season. According to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of PayPal Canada, the average consumer plans to take five trips to the mall and spend 11 hours shopping for family and friends.

The survey also reveals that instead of shopping, one third of Canadians (34 per cent) would prefer to spend their time with family, while others dream of relaxing (29 per cent) or baking and decorating their home for the holidays (26 per cent).

Not surprisingly, 54 per cent of Canadians will be avoiding the holiday squeeze at the malls by doing at least some of their shopping online. That number rises to 74 per cent amongst Canadians who are 18 to 34 years old.

Canadians report that their biggest holiday shopping peeves include:
Crowds and lines (49 per cent)
Not being able to find a unique gift (14 per cent)
Finding out the item you want is not carried or is sold out (10 per cent)
Getting carried away and exceeding budget (10 per cent)
Looking for parking (7 per cent)

"Canadians who want to escape the mall this holiday season can save time and money by shopping online," said Nicky Mezo, head of marketing, PayPal Canada. "Time-crunched Canadians know that online shopping lets them easily compare prices to find the best deals and get their shopping done faster so they have more time for what the holidays are supposed to be about - sharing time with family and friends, relaxing and celebrating."

To help Canadians find great deals and get their holiday shopping done quickly, PayPal Canada has launched the Escape the Mall microsite at The site will help Canadians find great holiday deals with some of Canada's top online retailers, learn how to send money online as a great last-minute gift and receive a chance to win the perfect gifts in the PayPal Escape the Mall contest.

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