iPad users account for 25 percent of Fab.com’s sales

Fab.com said iPad users represent 15 percent of its customer but make up 25 percent of revenue. And 40 percent of iPad users make their first purchase within 3 months. IPad app users are expected to bring in twice as much revenue as non iPad users.

2012: The year websites optimize for tablets

Mobify’s CEO Igor Faletski, whose company helps sites optimize for mobile, said almost all of Mobify’s work thus far has been to optimize for smartphones. But he said this year many sites are preparing to build specifically for tablets, taking advantage of their unique capabilities.

Half of U.S. shoppers rely on phones for in-store research

The Pew Internet and American Life Project shed light on one of the biggest challenges for retailers: more than half of U.S. adult cell phone owners used their mobile phone during the recent holiday season to get in-store help for their purchases.

ShopSavvy lets users scan products to sell

ShopSavvy, a mobile app known for arming shoppers with the ability to scan products to find the best prices, is now giving consumers the ability to scan products they own so they can quickly put them up for sale.

Tablets: the perfect shopping device

In just a short time, modern tablets have become potent shopping tools that generate an outsize effect on online commerce. 2011 was the year that the tablet became an online retailer’s best friend as it emerged as the preferred device for many shoppers to make purchases.

EBay, PayPal see a very mobile future

EBay’s mobile business is growing so fast, it doesn’t even know how to predict what to expect months into the future. It’s now predicting it will do $8 billion in gross merchandise value and PayPal will do $7 billion in mobile payment volume in 2012.

Fab.com: mobile shoppers buy twice as often as web visitors

Design store Fab.com has seen a surge in mobile use since launching mobile apps in October, with 30 percent of traffic now coming in via mobile. But more impressive is the fact that mobile visitors are generating twice as much revenue than visitors to Fab’s website.

PayPal: Cyber Monday mobile payment volume up 6x over 2010

“As of 11 a.m. PST, PayPal is already seeing a six-fold increase (514%) more mobile payment volume on Cyber Monday 2011 compared to the same time period on Cyber Monday 2010.” — Claudia Lombana, PayPal Shopping Specialist

Not even halfway through the day on the west coast of the U.S. did PayPal(s ebay) report a huge jump in mobile payment volumes over last year’s Cyber Monday shopping. Some years back — when Cyber Monday actually sounded hipper than CompuServe — I remember sitting at a desktop computer and hitting F5 to refresh the browser and get good deals. Fast forward to present day and consumers can shop anywhere they have connectivity and a tablet or a smartphone.

As barriers to commerce are reduced and it becomes easier to buy things, guess what: Consumers generally buy more things. And if you doubt that, just give Amazon’s Prime(s amzn) subscription a try and install the Amazon Mobile app. I did and our Amazon purchases jumped more than 10-fold in the past year.

Mobile devices help front-load online holiday sales

One of the interesting shopping trends this year the emergence of mobile devices helping front-load more online holiday sales, as shoppers aren’t waiting for those two days to kick off their spending. It’s another way in which mobile is redefining holiday shopping.

7 apps for conquering Black Friday

With Black Friday just around the corner, your iPhone might be your greatest weapon for getting the best deals around. Just be sure you download these apps, and remember not to literally crash through doors, regardless of what retailer marketing says they’d like you to do.