Cyber Monday 2018: What you should do differently this year

Pfff! so the dust has settled after Black Friday madness.

Smart bargain hunters like you are ready for round two. It’s time for Cyber Monday. This round you don’t need your elbow-dodging skills and patience of a nun to camp outside Macy’s.

Just like Black Friday has its own tricks and hacks for you to get the best of it. Cyber Monday has its tricks and hacks too.

Cyber Monday is basically the online equivalent of Black Friday. It takes place on the Monday after Thanksgiving. However – and this is tip #1  more or less-  most major retailers start offering deals online at midnight.

You should also remember that unlike Black Friday deals which go on for several days, Cyber Monday is a 24-hour thing

Believe it or not but most retailers will have better deals on Cyber Monday than on Black Friday. Plus, you won’t have dodge elbows and football tackles.

Take advantage of the deals and save money. Check out our list of the do’s and don’ts of Cyber Monday:

Get your research on

cyber monday research

Cyber Monday coupons and promotions are available a week or two before the big day. You can maximize your savings by visiting retailer websites to note their deals and coupons. Then you can create a gift-buying list that will help you take advantage of the most awesome savings.

Just know that some deals will have limits on the number of redemptions allowed. Always read the fine print and be ready to strike at the crack of dawn or earlier!

Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday prices – when to buy and when to pass

cyber monday versus black friday

You have probably wondered how Cyber Monday stacks up to Black Friday savings-wise, right?

Well, what you really want to know is what to buy and what not to buy when Black Friday is no more and you are ready to pounce on Cyber Monday.

Luckily you found this page and we have the following advice for you:

Avoid televisions and other large electronics and home goods:

You already know that the best Black Friday deals are rolled out before Black Friday itself. These are mostly big-ticket items like televisions and other electronics. These deals are some of the most in-demand and by the time we enter Cyber Monday, you are left with scraps of these particular items.

Pass on laptops

Looking for the best deal you can get all year on a laptop? Don’t get one on Cyber Monday. You can get better deals on laptops on Black Friday and around the back-to-school period. In fact, the back-to-school period offers excellent deals on both laptops and desktop computers.

Forget jewelry

You may be looking forward to getting a loved one a necklace, earrings or a ring; maybe even a watch. If there is no special occasion and you are on a budget, just get them flowers and wait until the period after-Christmas sales and during Valentine’s Day promotions.

Travel is a definite no-go

Most people nowadays book their travel online. This is why Cyber Monday has become a big day for promoting travel deals. However, these deals aren’t special at all – most of the time. They often pressure shoppers like you  into purchasing vacation packages under the premise of the offer only being available for a limited time.

But you know what? It’s cheaper to book air travel after the holidays. It is also smart to book a cruise from January to March during the wave season. The prices are quite low then.

Save on apparel

Cyber Monday is the best day of the year to shop for clothing online period. According to MarketWatch in 2014 Cyber Monday sales saw 30–40% off coupon codes from apparel websites like  American Eagle, Ann Taylor and Macy’s among many others.

Make sure you get the sizes right before you actually buy. It can be a nuisance trying to return items you got for a hugely discounted price.

Buy those toys

On Black Friday savings on toys might not be worth it. On the contrary, Cyber Monday does offer significant savings on toys. Here are some big stores to keep an eye on:

  • Toys R Us
  • Overstock.com
  • Amazon,
  • Target,
  • Walmart

You deserve these beauty products:

You can basically get steals on some of the biggest beauty & cosmetic brands during Cyber Monday.  Anyone care for a 30% discount on Maybelline mascara?

Use these sneaky hacks to get even bigger Cyber Monday discounts

sneaky cyber monday hacks

Ask and you shall receive

You know how annoying it is when you are ready to buy online but can’t find a coupon code anywhere on the website? Don’t pay full price with a frown on your face! Do this instead: start a live chat session and politely ask the customer service representative for a coupon code or for free shipping or a percent off. The truth is that customer service reps often get coupon codes to hand out if asked. This is usually the case on big shopping occasions like Cyber Monday—so don’t be shy :). If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Be greedy for those coupons

Most online shoppers forget to look for coupons in the face of already-existing Cyber-Monday discount madness. Make sure you search around online for extra coupons that you can stack on top of the Cyber Monday discount bliss.

 

Enjoy and happy hunting.

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