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Daily deals surge in homestretch of the holiday season

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Whoever said daily deals were dead underestimated the savvy of American shoppers - shoppers who realize that Black Friday is largely a farce that bestows inferior bargains to those that can be found almost daily across the world wide web.

If you need evidence of the online shopping boom this year, look no further than your friendly neighbor delivery man.

FedEx deliveryman Robert Calero tells CBS News that he has been making "between 90 and 110 stops a day" as Christmas approaches.

But in his 16th season on the job, Calero has noticed a change in pattern, with most presents ordered online.

“Everyone’s getting phones. Everyone’s getting laptops. Everyone’s getting computers, hard drives, accessories, you name it,” Calero said. “All of them are being ordered online.”

Brian Peck, a retired iron-worker based in Cleveland, says he purchased "everything he needed" for the holidays in 45 minutes this week, mostly from one site -, a daily deals site that touts "always free shipping."

"I needed a lot of electronics and ended up getting things for cheaper than I saw them on Cyber Monday," Peck tells Examiner. "I didn't even bother with Black Friday. You're not going to get the best deals there."

Nonetheless, despite the holiday miracles of online shopping, if you haven't satisfied your Christmas shopping list yet, it's time to pop open the laptop or fire up your tablet and get ordering.

Although the deals - daily and otherwise - are still plentiful, deliverymen like Robert Calero can only do so much. And there's a good chance that those who wait much longer to purchase their gifts online may not get them in time for the big day.



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