It’s now Cyber Monday and I KNOW you are scrambling to get the best deals and/or to not miss out the deals on gifts or items you need “right now” That’s what I spend 90% of Saturday and Sunday doing and I am exhausted! Thanks to DealNews.com who have done serious homework on the hot products by category including links to those products. You will find those links at the bottom of this post!
Cyber Monday is here! And while this shopping holiday is not promoted as much as Black Friday, retailers are certainly competing for best sales. DealNews, the leading shopping comparison site, has compiled the best of Cyber Monday here: https://www.dealnews.com/cyber-monday/
There are always questions or issues about holiday shopping that you might have that require an expert’s guidance for you to spend your dollars wisely.
Here are the questions and the very smart answers from the DealNews.com crew that will guide your to making wise purchases!
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1) How Cyber Monday differs from Black Friday?
There Are Fewer Ads
Before you’ve even thought about where to find the best deal on a turkey, you’re no doubt aware of the upcoming Black Friday sales. This is because retailers (and intrepid deal sites) have been posting Black Friday ads far in advance, sometimes as early as the beginning of October.
However, we see comparatively fewer Cyber Monday ads — possibly because retailers know that shoppers will check out those sales anyway.
There is a dearth of In-Store Doorbusters
Along with fewer ads comes a dearth of doorbusters. Cyber Monday is an online shopping holiday; there’s no reason to go knocking down the doors of your local Best Buy. Of course, “doorbusters” in general are dying out. In-store shoppers have long been frustrated by the concept of low-stock items that sell out in seconds, and retailers are listening. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to find so-called doorbusters listed online during Black Friday.
Most Sales Are Over in Less Than 24 Hours
Perhaps one of Cyber Monday’s most defining characteristics is the ephemerality of its deals — especially compared with Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The majority of Cyber Monday deals are over by the end of the day. Only about a third of Black Friday deals, and a quarter of Thanksgiving deals, end that quickly. Similarly, Cyber Monday has many more short-lived offers, like Amazon’s lightning deals. So it’s best to stay glued to your screen — whether it’s a laptop, phone, or tablet — as the deals will be fast and furious.
How can consumers save in-store and online?
The most important thing to remember with your Cyber Monday shopping is that you may need to act fast. The best deals will have limited quantities and won’t last longer than a day, so if you see something you want you’ll need to jump on it.
Keep an eye out for shipping fees
If you’re looking to nab the best deals, you need to be aware of shipping fees — because not everything ships for free. For example, Walmart offers free shipping for orders over $50, and doesn’t typically offer better shipping deals for Cyber Week. Still, it’s not that hard to spend $50 or pick your items up in-store to skip the delivery fee. Just be aware that shipping fees can apply, and you may need to hit a minimum order or pick items up at your local Walmart to avoid extra fees.
Download Apps for Extra Savings
While standing in those long lines, you may want to double-check that you’re getting the best deal. If you actually do find a better price, the store might match it. Alternatively, you can order online and head to the next store on your list. Either way, we suggest downloading the DealNews app to stay on top of the latest deals on the go.
Watch Out for Final Sale Items
Before making any purchase (especially a big-ticket item), know whether or not it’s marked “final sale.” Those products typically can’t be returned. Even the returnable ones could still come with restocking fees that amount to 15% or more — especially electronics. Familiarize yourself with the store’s return policy before you buy.
How long these Cyber sales will last and which stores will be offering the best discounts?
The majority of deals are for sitewide sales that apply to a wealth of items, or on items that are more robust in inventory. A large number of sales will be expired today at midnight (the exact time zone depends on the store, so if you live on the west coast make sure to check the fine print), like Target’s 15% off sitewide coupon, but many from smaller chains and brands will extend into Cyber Week.
Sometimes a discount will SAY it extends to Cyber Week, while sometimes a store will repost the same discount again after today’s expires. It’s difficult to predict when the latter happens though, so if a store says their promotion ends today, and you really want to take advantage of it, don’t gamble that it’ll be back tomorrow.
Some of our favorite sales include:
Target cuts an extra 15% off sitewide as part of its Cyber Monday Sale.
Amazon has begun discounting select apparel, electronics, toys, home items, and more as part of its Cyber Monday Deals Week. This includes a selection of daily deals, as well as limited-time Lightning Deals and Gold Box deals.
Expedia takes up to 50% off select hotel stays nationwide as part of its Cyber Monday Deals
Lowe’s discounts a selection of power tools, appliances, furniture, and seasonal decor as part of its Cyber Monday Sale.
Old Navy takes 50% off sitewide, including sale and clearance items, during its Cyber Monday Sale.
Sam’s Club offers its members discounts on a selection of HDTVs, electronics, home items, and groceries during its Cyber Week Savings Sale.
Express cuts an extra50% off sitewide, including clearance items.
The Walmart CyberMonday Sale is now live. Shipping starts at $5.99; however, many orders over $35 qualify for free shipping.
HP takes up to 50% off during its Cyber Monday Sale. Plus, all orders bag free shipping.
Macy’s takes up to 70%off a wide selection of apparel, shoes, home goods, beauty items, and more during its Cyber Week Specials Event.
The Bloomingdale‘s Cyber Monday Sale cuts an extra 25% off many items sitewide.
The Gap Cyber Monday Sale is now live. Take 50% off sitewide via coupon code “CYBER”, plus an additional 10% off via coupon code “TREAT”.
Banana Republic takes 50% off sitewide as part of its Cyber Monday Sale.
The Best Buy CyberMonday Sale is now underway. All orders qualify for free shipping.
REI takes up to 50% off a wide selection of items as part of its Cyber Week Sale.
Which items should consumers wait to purchase until December?
They may not seem like the most creative stocking stuffers, but according to a WalletHub survey, gift cards are the most desired gifts of all this holiday season. And luckily for you shoppers, we’re likely to see a flood of promotions in December, with discounted gift cards to suit all interests — from Domino’s to GameStop. You can expect to see ever-popular $100 iTunes gift cards fall as low as $84, while the best price for a $50 card last year reached a low of $43.
Last December, Target even knocked 10% off all Target gift cards in its best-ever promotion, while Raise.com cut $10 off gift card orders of at least $20, which was that store’s best coupon offer of the year.
It’s not just cheap gift card offers that will help you save, either. Many retailers offer bundle deals come December that will save you big bucks at the most popular stores. Last year, Dell offered gift cards worth up to $250 with TV and game console purchases, which helped undercut prices at Amazon and Best Buy. Starbucks also hosted one of the most popular deals of the month, as it gave away $5 gift cards with every $10 spent on holiday coffee.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday apparel sales may look alluring, but you should know that not all things sartorial fall to their best prices of the year in November. Winter apparel — most notably coats and jackets — doesn’t reach all-time lows until winter is in full swing in December. In fact, a substantial 24% of all coat deals were marked Editors’ Choice in this month last year, as opposed to just 16% come the January sales.
Most of our favorite stores offered at least 50% off outerwear last December, but Amazon won out by slashing up to 75% off a wide selection of coats during the second week of the month. You can expect to shop generic fleece jackets for men and women from as little as $5 at Walmart, while big-brand outerwear like Columbia and Reebok pieces could plummet below $20.
Cold weather accessories can also be found at budget-friendly prices. Look to Old Navy, as it offered a whole host of microfleece hats, gloves, scarves, and socks for just a buck in-store last year.
December’s jewelry deals may not be jaw-dropping, but know that we’ll see the best offers of the coming months in the run-up to the holidays. Whether you’re shopping for Christmas gifts or thinking ahead to February, you’ll get better deals on diamonds and pearls in December as compared to Black Friday and Valentine’s Day sales.
Be sure to shop Target, as the store hosted the best sale of the month in this category last year when it knocked 40% off all jewelry and watches. Amazon’s daily deal section should also be on your radar, but those who are really strapped for cash should click through to Tanga or Jewelry.com, as both stores offered freebie jewelry pieces last December (the former when you paid for shipping, the latter with any other purchase). Elsewhere, diamond earrings started at around $20, while AAA pearl necklaces sold for as little as $38.
Like with most outdoor activities, the golf season tames as the cooler weather begins, and so December is a great time to buy a new set of clubs. Retailers will be looking to clear out their inventories in time for the release of new lines come the new year. Last December, we saw Adidas Golf host its best sale of the year (which tied its Black Friday offering) by knocking a combined 47.5% off all already-reduced golf gear.
More from DealNews:
Best Cyber Monday Apple Deals: Best Price EVER for This MacBook!
Best Cyber Monday TV Deals: Best Price EVER on This 65″ Samsung Curved 4K TV!
Cyber Monday Home Goods You Can Get NOW: Save $130 on a HEPA Air Purifier!
Cyber Monday Tablets You Can Get NOW: Get an Amazon Fire Tablet for Only $30!
Cyber Monday Audio You Can Get NOW: Get 2 Bluetooth Speakers That Bust Black Friday Prices!
Cyber Monday Laptops You Can Get NOW: Get a Chromebook for $100
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