What is Green Monday?
You know Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you ever heard of Green Monday?
This up-and-coming online shopping event typically falls on the second Monday of December. It's typically your last chance to order gifts at low prices from your favorite online retailers directly to your home and loved ones in time for the holidays.
If family obligations or work took precedence over Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping this year, Green Monday is your savior. For newcomers to Green Monday, here's everything you need to know to make the most of it.
How did Green Monday start?
eBay coined the term "Green Monday" in 2009, referring to their most profitable sales day of that December. "Green" does not refer to anything environmental or eco-friendly related, but rather, to the financial savings customers receive and the returns online retailers enjoy during this busy holiday shopping period. Green Monday is quickly becoming one of most popular online shopping events of the year.
Why the second Monday of December?
The second Monday of December is generally about 10 days before Christmas. As regular delivery times average up to 7-10 days, this second Monday serves as a natural cut-off before it's too late to have gifts delivered to your home or loved ones before the big day. That's why the first recognized Green Monday was so profitable and why the concept has stuck around with both consumers and stores.
So, what's the difference between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Green Monday?
Black Friday is the longest standing of the three holiday shopping celebrations, with its origins dating back to the 1950s. The unofficial beginning of holiday shopping season, Black Friday spawns long lines and eager crowds outside store entrances in the early morning hours after Thanksgiving. These days, however, Black Friday is celebrated just as much online as well as in stores.
Cyber Monday, always the Monday following Black Friday, meanwhile, was coined by the head of shop.org in 2005 as a way to encourage customers to take advantage of online sales in addition to the popular in-store Black Friday deals. It is routinely one of the busiest days of the year for Amazon and other exclusively online retailers.
In terms of the discounts, you probably won't find a whole lot of difference in prices between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Green Monday. However, on Green Monday or, "the lazy man's Cyber Monday," as it is sometimes called, there is a chance you might see products marked down even more than they first were on Black Friday as stores clear out their inventory before the end of the year.
Who participates in Green Monday?
An increasing number of online retailers are offering discounts and specials on Green Monday every year. You can count on the major websites, such as Amazon, Walmart, and Jet.com, to offer significant discounts. However, don't miss deals on Target.com, BestBuy.com, and HomeDepot.com, and other retail websites, as well. If you have a favorite brand or item in mind, do some searching ahead of time to see if and where it will be offered at a discount on Green Monday.
How can I get the best Green Monday deals?
Now that you're familiar with the history and meaning behind Green Monday, you're ready to go shopping. Take note of these five essential tips to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck when the time comes.
Do your research. Check your favorite online stores ahead of time to see if they have a Green Monday deals guide published. For example, Amazon and Walmart have their Green Monday deals up right now. Trust us, it will save you time in the long-run.
Make a list. The holidays are a busy time for many reasons. Write down a list every gift you have bought and every gift you still need to get, so that when Green Monday arrives, you have an easy list of last-minute presents to add to your cart.
Add to cart in advance. To cut down on time and stress on Green Monday, add gifts and products to your cart beforehand. That way, by the time Green Monday rolls around, you'll have left to do is press "order."
Download a coupon extension. Discount and coupon add-ons to your internet browser, such as Honey, notify you whenever you can take advantage of a discount or promo. Download one now to make sure your Green Monday is extra "green" in savings.
Shop early. Most online websites start their Green Monday sales at midnight. To make sure you score the last-minute gifts and deals you've been waiting for, get online early, as this ecommerce holiday could mean products sell out quickly.
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