Cyber Monday 101 – and why you don't want to miss out

Katie Reseburg

Shopping on Cyber Monday can be stressful especially if you're trying to shop for the entire holiday season. But these tips will make it much more relaxing.

Everyone knows that Black Friday is one of the best days of the year to get great deals at just about every store. But Cyber Monday is becoming perhaps the more popular retail event for consumers who want to get their holiday shopping done early - and snag some of the lowest prices available all year. Here is everything you need to know about Cyber Monday, and how to take advantage of its many benefits.

What is Cyber Monday?

It's basically a holiday that falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving that encourages people to shop online. Online-based stores like Amazon offers special discounts as well as stores with physical locations, but to snag the sales you usually have to buy online (versus expecting the sales to also be offered in store).

Sales as good as Black Friday

Some people think Black Friday is the single best day of the year to buy things at the lowest prices, specifically holiday gifts. Not true. In fact, maybe Cyber Monday deals match Black Friday prices, or can even be lower. So, if you had your eye on something or forgot to shop on Black Friday, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised at Cyber Monday's deals.

No physical labor necessary

Unlike shopping the doorbuster deals associated with the break of dawn on Black Friday, all the best deals simply require adding items to your cart and checking out quickly on your chosen retailer's website. So, while your heart rate might raise up as you try to get all those flash sales and hot items (and, yes, just accept that you might miss a few), you can't get trampled or run into by carts and other shoppers.

Brick and mortar stores have great deals, too

The rules no longer seem to apply. Just like Black Friday sales start days (sometimes weeks) before the actual Friday, you can also find sales in-store on Cyber Monday. Or, you may opt to buy online and opt to pick it up in the store so you get your purchases without waiting for home delivery. So, keep tabs on every store you like to shop, because chances are they will be a special sale on Cyber Monday.

Exclusive sales on e-commerce company products

Some of the best deals we see on Cyber Monday are on products made by the retailers themselves. Amazon's devices are sure to be at their lowest prices (and they recently debuted a slew of new or upgraded models). Do a little research to see what your stores offer exclusively in-house (Walmart's Google Home, for example), as these will almost definitely be on sale.

Plenty of time for gifting

The beauty of Cyber Monday is that even if you buy something that has a long wait to ship (or you miss out on a deal that sells out), you'll probably still get it in time. Most stores ship your items within a few days, so you can get all your gifts wrapped, packaged, and ready well before the lines a the post office are monstrous or you have to pay an arm and a leg to ensure delivery by Christmas. So, if nothing else, scope out the sales - you have all day to take a little time out, and won't get any pressure from sales clerks.


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