Nov 26, 2012 6:38 PM by Erin Steuber
For many it's the start of the work-week, but today is not your typical Monday. Dubbed "Cyber-Monday", today is expected to be the biggest online shopping day of the year, and local businesses are getting in on the action.
Lafayette owned Artesia is participating in Cyber Monday for the first time. Shoppers won't find merchandise but will find "the Gift-Card Blow Out," a $200 gift card only cost $100 dollars.
"We utilize our website mostly for marketing," said Artesia owner, Gina Babineaux. "Our product sells out way too fast to use it for an ecommerce store, so we thought this was a great way to kind of compete with all the Cyber Monday specials, but still have that local touch."
To compete with the national stores, Babineaux joined Cyber Monday to take advantage of another opportunity to bring shoppers to her store.
"We're glad to be able to help our customers and give them a little break during the holidays, and we're also appreciative that in turn their going to shop with us," said Babineaux.
Locals are not the only ones taking advantage of local deals. Locally owned Caroline and Co. has people logging on from across the nation.
"It's great were always excited to ask our customers how they heard about us and sometimes it's from gifts they've received from here, or they're just searching on the web and find us," said Caroline and Co. owner Charlotte Cryer.
Shoppers tend to think big box stores on Cyber Monday, but shop owners say their deals are just as good.
"It's just so important for us to shop local and support our local community because by customers supporting us we're able to support our community," said Cryer.
The deals end at midnight tonight.
But, before you head online for Cyber Monday, something to think about, tax time.
Some online vendors don't charge state sales tax, but Louisiana law requires that you still pay it. The tax is calculated at a rate of 8%, payable directly to the Department of Revenue. There are two ways to report it, first on your income tax return, or on the State Department of Revenue website.
"One of the things the Consumer Use Tax does is protect local businesses from, what many home grown businesses consider, unfair competition with out of state vendors that don't charge sales tax," said LDR Press Secretary Byron Henderson.