We're all for online shopping, but a word of warning: based on prior experience, eBay estimates that this Sunday will be its busiest pre-Christmas shopping day, and is projecting that 1 million people will try to use the site on December 12. Not a problem for fixed-price goods, but be prepared for some nasty auction battles if you're doing some (relatively) last-minute gift buying.
eBay Anticipates Busiest Day This Sunday
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