Many people are coming to prefer Cyber Monday to Black Friday, the two key holiday shopping days of the Thanksgiving weekend when retailers offer so many good sales. Not everyone-not even everyone who loves bargains-loves Black Friday. Yes, you have the potential to save a lot of money on some awesome deals, but you also have to deal with extreme traffic, parking headaches, possibly ugly weather, stressed out store clerks, long lines, etc., etc.
That’s what makes the recent development of Cyber Monday so appealing.
Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend-three days after Black Friday-when more and more retailers each year offer big discounts for online shoppers, in some cases rivaling the top Black Friday sales. Because they’re online deals, you never even have to leave your home to take advantage of them. You can do all your Cyber Monday bargain hunting from the comfort of your computer.
So where should you go online for all the hottest deals?
1. Online retailers
Some retailers don’t even have brick-and-mortar locations; they do all their business online. It stands to reason that retailers like that would want a piece of the action on a day when everyone is competing for online customers with enticing deals. So it’s worth perusing some of their sites to see what might be available. Here are some examples:
* CSN Stores
2. Conventional retailers
Just because a retailer has brick-and-mortar locations and is not solely online doesn’t mean you can’t make purchases through their website. In fact, by now you’d be hard pressed to find any major chain store that doesn’t do a good portion of its business online.
So besides checking out purely online retailers like Amazon, you should also check the online counterparts of the stores that you like to shop in person. Some of their websites might be offering Cyber Monday deals as well. Here are some of the possibilities; there will no doubt be others you can think of that are favorites of yours:
* True Value
3. General Cyber Monday sites
In addition to visiting the websites of the actual stores themselves, you also should familiarize yourself with some of the more general websites that have been created specifically to gather together in one place all the ads for all the Cyber Monday specials of which they become aware.
So when, say, Newegg or Dell posts a notice on their site that they’ll be discounting certain items on Cyber Monday, or even when news of such a sale leaks before it’s formally posted like that, these Cyber Monday sites generally find out about it pretty quick, and post it. With some of them, you can register your e-mail address and they’ll send you a notice whenever they post another such deal, so you don’t have to keep checking the site constantly.
There are far too many such sites to list here, but here are some examples:
Cyber Monday Central
This should give you more than enough resources to stay on top of the Cyber Monday opportunities out there. Just stay disciplined and don’t grab everything you think is a “good deal.” Saving 40% on something you can’t afford and have no real need for is a great way to end up in the poor house.
But if you approach it right, Cyber Monday can be a great way to save money on Christmas presents and other items.