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When and Where Do People Buy What They Buy on eBay?

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People buy a lot of different things on eBay, making it a good source for studying consumer trends. Recently, the research team at eBay decided to map where and when people were buying different specific items, using a total of over 6.5 million transactions that took place over the course of one year.

Obvious results included hot spots of activity in most major cities — and any city with an NBA team when measuring basketball jersey sales. As well as a jump in winter coat purchases during the colder months.

A flurry of activity in December indicates certain items make popular gifts — not just coffee machines and vinyl records but dog and cat clothes, too. Want proof? This is what sales of dog and cat clothes looked like in mid-May:

And here it is just a week before Christmas:

Meanwhile, a typically dark map measuring PlayStation sales lights up just after November 14, the release date for the new PS4.

Play around with the graphic below or on the site here.

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Mapping the Most Popular Holiday Movie in Each State
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The holiday season is all about unity, but few topics are more divisive than which Christmas movie is the ultimate seasonal film. For every Home Alone fan, there’s an Elf enthusiast. To settle the score, the folks at online TV service provider CableTV.com have collected the top-rated yuletide films as rated over at AMC, and cross-referenced them with Google Trends state data from the past 10 years. They crunched the data, and compiled it into a map of each state’s favorite holiday flick.

Residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Vermont liked films set in their home states: Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (filmed in Winnetka, Illinois), It’s a Wonderful Life (set in the fictional city of Bedford Falls, New York), and White Christmas (set in the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont) all came out on top in those states, respectively.

As for Southern residents, they preferred Christmas cartoons and comedies, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In New England, movie fans kept it cozy with the classics, including White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Pockets of the Midwest appreciated National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes region liked Home Alone and Elf. And out West, the Nightmare Before Christmas reigned supreme.

Check out the full results in the map above.

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Each Country's Tourism Slogan, Mapped
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Countries are not products, so it's weird to think of having to "sell" them, but that's exactly what tourist bureaus exist to do. In order to entice potential travelers, many countries have taken a cue from the corporate world and adopted their very own slogans.

FamilyBreakFinder decided to compile a list of all the known tourist slogans and throw them onto one big map. Each of the grey countries shown have an official slogan, while the purple countries do not. Some are vague (like the United States's "All within your reach"), some are enthusiastic (like Brazil's "Brasil—sensational!"), and some are confident (like Uganda's "You're welcome").

If you know of a slogan that's not on the map, let us know in the comments. 

[h/t Digg]

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