Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season and, for third straight year, Nintendo's Wii console remains a smoking hot gift choice, according to PriceGrabber.com.
The well-trafficked price comparision site lists top products searched for by consumers. Its most recent results, which include Black Friday data, show the Wii at #1 and the Wii Fit exercise board/game at #4.
Despite recent economic conditions, a press release cites an 11% uptick in Black Friday traffic at PriceGrabber over 2007's numbers. Pointing to sales driven by retailer discounts, PriceGrabber Ron LaPierre remarked:
Prior to the Black Friday weekend, 71 percent of shoppers intended to spend less money this holiday season compared to last year and 66 percent planned to give practical gifts. Thanksgiving and Black Friday traffic shows that value drives consumer spending. Consumers are responding to aggressive promotions and price drops on popular electronics.
Although the PriceGrabber list is heavily populated by Ugg boots, digital cameras, laptops and flat-screen TVs, there are several game items in the top 200. Following the Wii and Wii Fit are:
- #21 Xbox 360 Premium System
- #34 80GB PlayStation 3
- #37 Xbox 360 Pro 60GB
- #54 PSP Slim
- #112 Xbox 360 Elite Bundle
- #114 PS3 Metal Gear Solid 4 Bundle
- #147 Xbox 360 Elite
- #160 Cobalt/Black DS Lite
- #163 Guitar Hero World Tour Band Kit (PS3)
- #164 40 GB PS3
- #165 Guitar Hero World Tour Band Kit (Wii)
- #167 Xbox 360 Arcade Holiday Bundle
- #168 Gears of War 2
- #169 PSP Core System
- #187 Guitar Hero World Tour Band Kit (360)
Via: Test Freaks