Among the top back-to-school items Florida shoppers are snapping up this year are backpacks, calculators and Apple’s iPad 2, according to SortPrice.com, a popular product comparison site. How does that match up with your shopping list?
As a parent, I know it is not easy to prepare for the oncoming school year (what happened to the summer break?). For Broward and Palm Beach county residents, the first day of school begins on Monday. But I know – from visiting stores myself – many of us parents are still making last-minute purchases to make sure our kids start the new school year on the right foot. Check your child’s school Web site for possible guidance on what your child will need most – which will not include an iPad no matter how tempting the commercial advertisements – or your child’s pleas – may be.
Hopefully, knowing what others are buying will be of some help.
SortPrice.com recently unveiled its annual list of the hottest and most sought-after products for this year’s back to school shopping season, with electronics and gadgets once again topping shopper wish lists in 2011.
Here is what Floridians are seeking most:
1) North Face Backpacks
2) Texas Instruments Ti-83PLUS Calculator
3) Apple iPad 2
4) Crayola Crayons
5) Razor Kids Scooter
6) UGG Boots
7) Dell Notebook Computers
8) Crayola Water Color Crayons
9) Acer Netbooks
10) Diesel Messenger Bags
The list is based on roughly 3,100 searches on SortPrice.com from Florida-based computer IP addresses between July 1 and August 5.
There is a bit of a difference between what shoppers are buying in Florida compared to those nationwide, says the company, namely the two Crayola crayon products making the top here, as well as the inclusion of Dell notebook computers and the Razor Scooter. Also, the new iPad came in at number 3 for Florida as opposed to number 1 overall nationally.
For 2011, the top ten products being searched for on SortPrice.com through early August are as follows:
1) Apple iPad 2
2) Sony Cybershot Digital Cameras
3) UGG Girls and Women’s Boots
4) Acer Netbooks
5) Jansport Backpacks
6) North Face Hooded Sweatshirts and Outerwear
7) Bed-in-a-Bag Bedding Ensembles
8) Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Sneakers
9) Diesel Messenger Bags
10) High-Definition Web Cams
SortPrice regularly compiles such lists, based on site traffic and specific visitor product searches on its site, during major shopping periods throughout the year. A full list of the most popular products for back to school 2011 can be found online at: http://www.sortprice.com/list/BackToSchool.