For many of us the holidays officially started on Thursday. It begins with the traditional eat-until-you-explode event and continues on with Black Friday, and then, finding good Cyber Monday tips to employ to save money at retail websites. These are traditionally the two biggest shopping days in North America.
Many turn Black Friday into a full-contact sporting event, others, huddle indoors and avoid the stores at all costs.
What To Shop For
If you are like me then you tend to use Friday to figure out what deals you are going to try to score on Monday.
Traditionally, tech isn’t that good of a deal on Cyber Monday, at least from your standard stores, because most of them use electronics as their Black Friday draw, so there isn’t much left on Monday. However, what is left is drastically slashed down because they didn’t expect to have any left.
Traditionally, many stores will offer free shipping, plus a few hefty price slashes on the slightly older models. On top of any price cuts there will also be the usual manufacturer and government rebates.
This is probably where you can get some of the best deals on Cyber Monday. It’s usually last seasons clothes, but at huge discounts. This is your opportunity to get some designer brand clothing for the cost of your typical budget department store.
Cyber Monday Deals
Last year, this was the place to be for Cyber Monday (or even Thanksgiving Day) deals. Last year’s most popular item lasted less than five minutes. It was a 32″ LCD HDTV, which sold for $97.
Amazon is actually having two weeks of sales. On Sunday, November 24, they started their Black Friday sale, which will continue through to Sunday, December 1. Then they start the Cyber Monday Sales, which will also run for a week.
This year looks like it will be just as good or even better. For this year’s sales, they have released a Cyber Monday Calendar of deals that will run for a full week. Unfortunately, unlike previous years, you can only see the upcoming 24 hours of sales. It also looks like they plan to change sales as often as every 10 minutes, starting on Sunday, so you need to be on the ball if there is something you truly want.
Amazon has given us a sneak peek at a few of the items they are offering up for sale.
- Google Chromecast – $29.99
- Samsung 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV – $1,297.99
- Samsung 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV – $999
- Seiki 32-inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV – $98
- Seiki 50-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV – $229
- Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray Player with WiFi – $54.99.
- Vizio E550i-A0 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart HDTV – $479.99
- Vizio 60-inch 1080p 120Hz HDTV – $688
- Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray Disc Player with WiFi – $54.99
- Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker – $99.99
- Canon T3 under $400
- Nikon D3200 Digital SLR under $500
This is one of my favorite Cyber Monday tips. Travel isn’t something you usually think of for Cyber Monday, but it has become a growing trend and a few companies are trying to cash in on the buying fever.
Unless it seems like a really good deal, you might as well avoid the airline sales, as all they usually do is roll out their midweek specials a little early.
- American Express Travel is offering some large discounts in both Canada and the U.S., and the sale starts on Monday and lasts 72 hours.
- Liberty Travel has 99 different travel deals with up to 65 percent off. These deals start on Black Friday and run through Monday.
- Priceline.com is offering 50 percent off select flights that travel before December 18 — this is only offered on Monday.
Cyber Monday Tips and Tricks
Now that you know where to score some of the best deals, you need to know a few things to look out for.
Know What You Want
The way to score the best deal is to know what you want and how much it usually is. If you know what you want then you can comparison shop a few days before and get the pricing down. Find two or three different models you like then on Monday go crazy and see which one comes up as the best deal
Traditionally most companies offer free shipping on Monday, but don’t automatically assume that they will. Always look at the extra costs before you finalize the sale. Some smaller companies will try to make up any loss on Cyber Monday by raising their shipping or handling costs.
If you are looking for deals on any site that requires a log in or a registration do it before you find the bargain you want. If it is a limited-time, first-come first-serve deal then you may lose out because you had to waste valuable time logging in or registering.
Tabs are your friend. They let you sit on items or browse elsewhere as you watch the sales. You don’t want to have to reenter an address or do another search for the perfect gift just because you wanted to head over and check on Facebook or your email.
Let us know which Cyber Monday tips work best for you — at Amazon.com or anywhere else — or if you have some you want to add to the list!
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