If you’re not familiar with Cyber Monday, that’s a term invented in 2005 by the National Retail Federation for the Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend. In recent years, it has become customary for retailers to offer some of their best online sales on that day each year. Whereas Black Friday-the day after Thanksgiving-is primarily a day for hot deals at brick-and-mortar stores, Cyber Monday has developed into its counterpart for online sales.
Hundreds of online retailers now post their Cyber Monday sales at the site the National Retail Federation has created called Cyber Monday.com. This is definitely a site you want to bookmark to stay on top of what will be available on Cyber Monday.
Beyond that, there are many other sites like that that post Cyber Monday deals from all over the Web whenever they get word of them. Sometimes it’s when stores send out notices and post their deals formally, sometimes it’s when news of a sale leaks before it’s formally announced, and sometimes they get the information from consumers who come across the deal before they do, but they gather Cyber Monday news from all over and conveniently post it in one spot for you. Some of them also have a way for you to register your e-mail address so you can receive immediate updates from them whenever they post some new information on their site. A few you might want to check out are:
Cyber Monday Central
Twitter is also a site to keep an eye on. Follow @cybermonday. Check the Twitter Trends on and just before Cyber Monday, when many, many people will be tweeting and retweeting about the best deals.
Other valuable sites are those of the retailers themselves. Amazon and other solely online retailers often post very appealing Cyber Monday deals. So check out sites like:
* CSN Stores
But don’t forget the retailers that aren’t solely online. Even though they have brick-and-mortar locations, they have websites too, and they’ll often have deals on Cyber Monday that are available through their online arm but aren’t available through their actual stores. Consider sites like:
* True Value
Retailers like these, and the solely online retailers described above, sometimes send notice of sales first to people who register their e-mail address with them, even before they officially release the news and post it on their site. Or they might release the information first to those who friend them at Facebook or through other social networking sites. So those are additional ways you can stay informed about what bargains might be available at your favorite places.