Stunning: U.S. Consumers Leave $41B on Unused Gift Cards

The gift card economy is huge. We already knew that. Here is what we did not know – the size of the unused gift card economy. We spotted this today:

“Even though nearly $30 billion of gift cards were given over the holiday season this year, there’s no guarantee that money will ever be spent with retailers.
That’s because U.S. consumers have left more than $41 billion on unused gift cards purchased since 2005, according to statistics from analyst Brian Riley of the TowerGroup research firm.”

Statistics Source: BizJournals

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Wolfram Alpha Statistics: Every Fourth Query Is From Siri

We spotted some stunning stats on the answer engine Wolfram Alpha today:

“Nearly 25% of queries fielded by the Wolfram Alpha answer-engine come from Apple’s voice-powered assistant Siri, according to the New York Times. Wolfram Alpha is an online service that gives fact-based answers to queries directly from its database rather than by searching through web pages that might contain the answer. The service was launched in 2009 by British scientist Stephen Wolfram. Apple partnered with the answer-engine for the company’s voice assistant that launched with the iPhone 4S and since then, the Wolfram Alpha staff has grown to 200 employees. ”

Statistics Source: BGR

We had spotted some iphone 4s stats before.

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