Mobile Payments Off To a Roaring Start This Holiday Shopping Season

Mobile commerce is off to the races this holiday shopping season.

According to an announcement Monday from eBay, shoppers opted to reach for their mobile phones and tablets in record numbers this year on Black Friday.

The combination of mobile shopping data from eBay, PayPal, and ecommerce and interactive marketing services provider GSI Commerce tells the whole story:

  • Shoppers in the U.S. purchased nearly two and a half times as many items via eBay Mobile this Black Friday when compared to 2010.
  • Correspondingly, PayPal Mobile announced a six-fold (516%) increase in global mobile payment volume compared to last year.
  • GSI Commerce announced a three-fold (254%) increase in U.S. mobile sales on Black Friday.

“Shoppers are increasingly choosing the convenience of mobile to find the best deals from wherever they are while avoiding big crowds and long lines,” says Steve Yankovich, vice president, Mobile, for eBay Inc. “The ability to simply pick up your phone or tablet and purchase what you want, when you want it, has become an attractive alternative to shoppers in record numbers this holiday season.”