Record numbers of consumers turned to their smartphones and tablets during this year's Black Friday holiday shopping frenzy, with digital retail services provider GSI Commerce reporting a 254 percent increase in U.S. mobile sales compared to year-ago totals.
eBay-owned PayPal experienced a 516 percent year-over-year increase in global mobile payment volume. The number of consumers shopping via PayPal mobile services grew 371 percent from Black Friday 2010 and jumped 148 percent compared with the average Friday. Shoppers in New York City made the most mobile Black Friday purchases through PayPal, followed by consumers in Houston, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Shoppers in the U.S. purchased more than 2.5 times as many items via eBay Mobile on Black Friday 2011 compared to a year earlier. Consumers shopped eBay Mobile for shoes, computers, consumer electronics, sporting goods and jewelry. In terms of sold items, shoppers in New York City made the most eBay Mobile purchases, trailed by Houston and Chicago.