SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 1, 1999--Gazebo.com is an exciting, new service that tracks which stores have this year's hard-to-find, most-wanted gifts! Just in time for the holiday season, the gazebo(TM) ``Ten Most Wanted'' helps frustrated shoppers locate scarce but popular products in retail stores near them.
Gazebo's team of dedicated dialers is calling stores across the nation to report who's got the hottest products in stock. Shoppers can help too, by recording sightings of elusive toys, electronics and other hot holiday gifts at gazebo.com, helping fellow shoppers and entering the Gazebo Toy Store Shopping Spree Sweepstakes at the same time. If you've been naughty all year, here's a chance to be nice--just tell gazebo where, when, and what you found (or didn't) and they'll post it at gazebo.com so others in your area get the news! Take credit if you like by registering a user name to be published with your listing.
Products on the Ten Most Wanted are those ``gotta-have'' gifts that no one can keep in stock, as reported by retailers, news media, and gazebo.com shoppers. The full list, which actually includes dozens of fast-selling retail products, will be updated each Tuesday.
This week's Ten Most Wanted directly from the home page of gazebo.com are:
Gazebo.com Ten Most Wanted as of 12/1/1999: 1. Pokemon(TM), Yellow Bundle 2. Barbie® Deluxe Dream House 3. Pokemon, at Burger King® 4. Trip to Super Bowl XXXIV 5. Nintendo® Game Boy®, Atomic Purple 6. Apple® iBook(TM), Tangerine 7. Millennium Princess Barbie® 8. Buzz Lightyear at McDonalds 9. Furby® Babies 10. HP DeskJet 882C
``The Ten Most Wanted is people helping people to track down the most sought after gifts this holiday season, and through the retailer, allowing people to see, touch, and feel a product before they buy it,'' said Roy McDonald, founder and CEO of gazebo.com. ``While we're an Internet company with plans for significant e-business trading in the future, our focus right now it is to generate traffic for local retail stores and be an informed shopping resource for the consumer.''
Visitors to the site can search for hot products, record sightings (and stock-outs), or suggest a product for the hot list. For example, kids of all ages can use gazebo.com as a convenient way to inform others of the arrival of the elusive Pokemon at local Burger Kings. Adults will appreciate the exclusive ``Y2K Champagne Finder,'' and anyone who provides data of any kind is automatically entered into the weekly sweepstakes.
The Ten Most Wanted is the first in a series of services to be provided by gazebo to help shoppers and local retailers get together using the World Wide Web. Over $50 billion in offline retail spending was influenced by Web shopping in 1998. Gazebo plans to capitalize on this growth phenomenon by creating a bridge between retailers and consumers at the local level. Gazebo.com generates store traffic for retailers while helping consumers find products available at stores near them. With the average shopper spending at least 30 hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas buying gifts, holiday shopping alone consumes tens of billions of dollars worth of leisure time every year. Services like gazebo can significantly reduce this by directing shoppers to stores that have what they want.
Founded in 1999 and based in San Mateo, California, Roy McDonald, founder and CEO of gazebo.com (and founding CEO of Connectix Corporation) created gazebo.com to help connect people who are looking for products with retailersGazebo.com enables retailers to attract shoppers, close sales, and track shopper activity. For more information, visit us at www.gazebo.com.
Note to Editors: Gazebo and the Gazebo.com logo are trademarks of Gazebo, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders.
Gazebo.com will refresh its Top 10 `Most Wanted' List of hot products every Tuesday during the December holiday season.
Candelori Communications, Inc. Donna Candelori, 650/917-5610 x104 firstname.lastname@example.org
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