The Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of Christmas shopping of the year, and retailers try to steer shoppers their way with big sales and discounts on Black Friday to start the weekend, and Cyber Monday to close the weekend.
Cyber Monday specifically is for online promotions. So unlike Black Friday when people line up at stores before dawn, and spend the whole day fighting traffic and crowds, on Cyber Monday people can take advantage of the great deals from the comfort of their computer.
If you’re looking to bargain shop on Cyber Monday for a computer, the first place you can check is the website for any brand of computer you are considering. Look for any news or links on the home page concerning “sales,” “promotions,” “coupons,” “Cyber Monday,” etc. Some examples are:
Other good retailers to check for deals on computers and technology include:
Don’t forget also that on and close to Cyber Monday, many people at Twitter will be tweeting about all the best deals, so watch the Twitter Trends.
As Cyber Monday has grown in popularity the last few years, many websites have sprung up that specialize in gathering together in one spot all the promotions from all different retailers. As ads are posted, or occasionally when information is leaked even before ads are formally released, these websites list them with links. So instead of having to check all the online retailers individually, you can use one of these sites to stay on top of things:
Cyber Monday Central
For many sites-both the retailers themselves’ sites, and these third party sites that list deals from all different online retailers-you can register your e-mail address to receive notices of new specials via e-mail, so you don’t have to keep checking back at the site to see if there is anything new. This can be a nice timesaver.
Sometimes, in fact, online retailers send notices to those who are registered with them even before they post the information on their website, so you find out first.
If you’re looking into buying a big ticket item like a computer, it definitely behooves you to shop around and get the best price. There’s a good chance that best price will come on Cyber Monday, when so many retailers are offering discounts.