In the first half of 2009, some 50.000 people made Internet purchases. The most popular items were MP3 music players, computers, and mobile phones.
Hassel Fallas writes in the Nacion web site: "Most online purchases are brought into the country by two companies: Aerocasillas (40.000 members) and JetBox (10.000) ... 'This hype in e-commerce is caused by the economic recession, which has forced US online retailers to come with better offers to capture more customers', explained Jeffrey Duchesneau, General Manager of Aerocasillas".
Courier companies project a growth of 35% in packages shipped by the end of year compared to 2010.
Jonathan Beltran, Aerocasillas’ marketing manager, said the company recorded an average flow of 4,000 packages per month between January and October (considered low season) and for the months of November and December (considered high season) , they project an average of 8,000 per month.
The change in the way that consumers relate to companies that provide services and products is deepening.
E-commerce in Latin America grew by 42.8% between 2010 and 2011, generating an expenditure of $43 billion, which is double the sales in 2009, according to a survey on Electronic Commerce in Latin America conducted by AméricaEconomía Intelligence, and commissioned by Visa.