Cyber Monday is the online version of Black Friday and the biggest online shopping day of the year. This retail bonanza was created to give shoppers the chance to continue their Black Friday holiday shopping in the comfort of home. From their home computers or mobile devices, last year’s shoppers spent $3.45 billion on Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday Tips

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You could make your online Cyber Monday shopping experience a smooth one by doing the following:

  • Sniff out discounts in advance – Cyber Monday retailers usually release their deals prior to the holiday. This gives shoppers extra lead time to figure out which retailers will offer the best deals on desired products. The moment the sale starts, you can be ready to start clicking buttons and placing your order.
  • Be safe – Shoppers must give primary importance to online safety. Don’t purchase from a website that you have not heard of before. Stay away from deals that sound too good to be true. Make sure that the website’s URL has https:// and look for the VeriSign emblem. Update your antivirus software before Cyber Monday.
  • Sign up for retailers’ newsletters – When you plan to do your shopping at a particular online store, you should sign up for their e-newsletter to stay abreast of their deals and promotions. Many retailers give subscribers special discounts.
  • Compare prices – Check out comparison websites to make sure that you are getting the best deals. Mobile price comparison apps are available.
  • Consider the shipping costs – One retailer may list the best price, but they may add on hefty shipping costs. Take this into account.
  • Have an alternate plan – Items sell out quickly on Cyber Monday. If a particularly hot item sells out early, have a backup plan ready so you can purchase it from an alternative online store—hopefully for a comparable price.
  • Watch for unconventional items – Retailers will often mark down unexpected items. For example, if you are in the market for home improvement items for projects that you intend to tackle this year, watch for deals. It will pay to buy when the price is low—even if you don’t plan to use them for a few months. You could find discounted appliances, tools, light fixtures, insulation materials, and insulation machines for sale.