Newegg, the second largest online-only retailer in the U.S. (Amazon is No. 1) and the go-to vendor for many do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders, provided a bit of rare insight into its operations by announcing its best-selling computer components and consumer electronics products this holiday shopping season. The list is broken down by category and includes sales starting on Black Friday on November 23, 2011 and continuing through December.
The top selling notebook was a 15.6-inch A53E-EH91 from Asus, a rather pedestrian machine with an Intel Pentium B950 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 320GB hard drive spinning at 5400 RPM. Other top selling products include:
Televisions: Sceptre 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV
Videogames: Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle with Halo Reach and Fable 3
Digital Cameras: Panasonic Lumic DMC-FZ47K 12.1MP
Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Monitors: Acer G235HAbd 23-inch LCD
CPUs/Processors: Intel Core i5 2500K
Motherboards: Asus P8Z68-V PRO
Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 3.5-inch HDD
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB (2x4GB)
Videocards: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Newegg called it a "strong" holiday shopping season with "year-over-year growth in both Web traffic and sales," but declined to offer any specific figures.
"The increase in spending is a positive sign that the economy is slowly but surely improving and we look forward to this trend continuing in 2012," said Dr. S.C. Lee, CEO of Newegg North America.
According to comScore, online holiday spending in the U.S. reached $35.3 billion this year, up 15 percent versus 2010. U.S. consumers spent $2.8 billion online in the week leading up to Christmas day alone, which itself is a 16 percent increase compared to the same period last year.