Cyber Monday is gaining ground on Black Friday among deal-seeking holiday shoppers: 38% of surveyed consumers say they plan to shop on Cyber Monday 2011, whereas nearly the same proportion (39%) plan to shop on Black Friday, according to a survey from Chadwick Martin Bailey (CMB) and iModerate Research Technologies.

Bargain hunters will be out droves. Among those planning to shop on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving when many online retailers offer deep discounts and special promotions), 80% cite discounts as a top reason for doing so, while 59% cite free shipping. Nearly four in ten (39%) say they'll shop online to avoid the holiday shopping crowds. 

Among that 39% of consumers who plan to brave Black Friday in-store crowds, 89% cite special sales as the top reason, while 29% want to shop for products while they are still in stock.

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