It is Thanksgiving week and the official start of the 2018 holiday shopping season. All this week we're partnering with the online tech reviews and news site CNET to talk about the big trends in consumer technology. This year's CNET holiday survey reveals what users are thinking about when it comes to tech. And the research bears out what the retail industry keeps saying: It's going to be a big, big year for shopping, especially in tech. Molly Wood talked with Lindsey Turrentine, editor-in-chief of CNET Reviews. She said it's not just about giving gifts, either: 60 percent of the survey's respondents plan to do at least some shopping for themselves. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Lindsey Turrentine: Things are cheap. I mean, that's really it. You know what you want. Everybody knows what they want. And then you see this parade of Cyber Week, Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals. It's really hard not to be like, "Well, actually, I kind of want that expensive television, and I'm not going to ask Mom and Dad for that. This is the moment. It's never going to be less expensive. So I'm going to buy it for myself."