Black Friday is one of the most advertised shopping holidays of all time. Whether you’re listening to the radio, watching television, or just casually walking down the street, you’ll likely find yourself being bombarded with advertisements for the annual post-Thanksgiving event as it approaches. That’s why it can be so easy to forget the online phenomenon that follows: Cyber Monday.
The deals don’t just suddenly end with the passing of Black Friday, and your excitement about them doesn’t have to either. Cyber Monday is filled with great savings and sales, without the lines and occasional negativity that come with Black Friday. If you’re looking to do all of your shopping online rather than in stores this year, make sure to bookmark the latest offers all week. We will be scouring the depths of the web to bring you the best Cyber Monday — and Cyber Week — tech deals as they go live all the way through Green Monday.
Cyber Monday 2018 officially begins on the Monday immediately following Black Friday, so this year it’s on November 26. Cyber Monday has historically been a single day of online deals, but since online shopping has become so huge in recent years, this shopping holiday has become more of a shopping holi-week. You can expect to see many of the same deals on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday that you will see on Monday. Some advertisers have started referring to this phenomenon as Cyber Week, but not everyone has adopted this new model for the holiday season.
When it comes to deals, the two are fairly similar. In the past, Cyber Monday was more focused on online sales while Black Friday has been more about savings from actual storefronts. Since companies have begun adopting a more cyber-friendly business model, however, the two shopping holidays have become largely similar. The exception being that you will still see a lot more ads for Black Friday than Cyber Monday.
There are quite a few deals that will only be available during one or the other, but all of the major players will be covering both.
We can’t be entirely sure what will be on sale, but we still have a pretty good idea based on Cyber Weeks of old, Cyber Monday 2018 ads, and ads from the previous year. Here is our prediction for the saavy shopper in you.
Unlike Black Friday 2018, these deals will almost entirely be Cyber. Some brick-and-mortar stores may claim that they are offering Cyber Monday 2018 deals, but if they are not on the internet, those deals aren’t true to the holiday. We’ve done our research and picked out some of the best stores to keep your eye on this year for November 26:
The fact that Cyber Monday deals and Black Friday deals are practically melding into one giant mess of savings can make things fairly confusing, but there are still a few things to keep in mind as you head into your holiday shopping. First of all, if you’re planning on buying a TV, toys, gaming consoles, or appliances, Black Friday is going to be your best bet. With savings both in-store and online, these are the doorbusters that usually sell out very quickly. If you see a deal on a 4K TV that you want, don’t hesitate — it’s likely going to be gone before the weekend.
Cyber Monday deals will have a lot of the same savings, and will likely include TV, appliance, and gaming deals that didn’t sell out over the weekend. So if you’re busy enjoying that post-Thanksgiving family time and don’t care about the absolute best sales on those products, you should be fine waiting. The purchases you should definitely wait until Cyber Monday to make are on laptops, PCs, travel, and clothing. Traditionally, this cyber holiday focuses on tech and electronics, so you’ll likely see some of the deepest savings of the year during this time. Airlines will also be offering flash savings on vacation packages that you won’t want to miss.
This is something you should be asking yourself every time you see sales going on. Just because there’s a sign that says “sale” or a 50-percent-off sticker attached to that shirt you’re thinking about buying doesn’t mean you’re getting a bargain. All it really means is that the retailer wants you to think you’re getting a bargain. That’s not to say there aren’t any great discounts out there, it just means you need to be careful. If you’re doing your shopping online, there are a few simple precautions you can take to avoid being duped into spending more than you should, especially after Black Friday 2018 has already happened.
One of the easiest ways to see if you’re getting a good price is by just looking at what everyone else is doing. There are multiple ways you can do this, but if you want to make it quick and painless, just Google the product you’re looking for. If you’re not on a mobile device, Google will usually populate the best prices across the web in the price locator to the right of your search. This can help you quickly check if any other retailers are offering something better.
You can also individually go to each site and manually compare prices, but if you’re trying to save time and effort, Google will be your best friend.
Most of the time, if you’re looking to buy something immediately, you only care about what the best discount is right now. However, if all you want is the best possible price and time is not a factor, there are ways to compare product prices over time — though this only works for Amazon. There’s a website called camelcamelcamel that allows you to view price history for over 18 million products, and you can even sign up for price drop alerts that will notify you when products drop to an all-time low.