Buy or skip: what's really worth buying on Cyber Monday

Eliza McGowen

For big purchases like laptop computers, be sure to do your research ahead of time to make sure you're actually getting the lowest price.

When Cyber Monday comes around, it's easy to get swept up in the sales and end up buying something you don't actually want or need.

While most e-commerce sites now have lenient return policies, that's not always the case and doesn't make the actual process of returning products any easier. We suggest going into Cyber Monday with a plan and also be on the lookout for things you should, or shouldn't, actually buy.

Here are the products we recommend jumping on while you can and others that we think aren't worth it.



Trending Toys

We frequently see great deals on toys for Cyber Monday but that's not the only reason why we recommend picking up the season's hottest toys early. Last year we saw almost all the most popular toys sell out well before Christmas.

For example, we saw Fingerlings selling at four time their MSRP by the end of holiday season last year. Some others you'll want to be on the lookout for are Hatchimals, Pomsies, and Funko Pop dolls.


TVs are really where Cyber Monday began and the tradition of fantastically low prices for these electronics holds true today. We suggest compiling the features (size, picture quality, etc.) you want in a new TV before shopping so you know exactly what to look for.

Name brand kitchen appliances

Over the last few years we've seen more and more hot kitchen gadgets go on sale for Cyber Monday. KitchenAid mixers, Instant Pots, and Cuisinart appliances are all dependable bets and all make great holiday gifts for the chefs in your life.

Amazon and Google products

Amazon will take advantage of every opportunity to sell their devices at lower prices and we've already seen plenty of great deals on them. Walmart didn't want to miss out on the fun so they typically sell Google's smart home devices at similar prices.



Holiday decor/products

Most e-commerce companies know that the majority of shoppers are on the prowl for good holiday decor on sale for Cyber Monday so they typically offer it at a small discount to tempt people. But these prices will plummet closer to the end of December so we suggest waiting.

Deals that are too good to be true on brands you don't recognize

We've seen a huge uptick in the number of deals offered by e-commerce stores over this weekend but unfortunately a lot of them are on products we wouldn't recommend. Even if you see a great price on a product with lots of five-star reviews, be wary. Many times a product with no brand recognition will pay for reviews and isn't actually high quality. Check our review pages to make sure what you're getting is worth it.


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