While Black Friday 2016 is the official start of holiday shopping season in "brick-and-mortar" stores, the Cyber Monday sales extravaganza that immediately follows begins - where else? - online.
In recent years, consumers shopped the sales on Cyber Monday from their desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones to the tune of $2 billion.
That's right. Cyber Monday has only the biggest shopping day in Internet history -- and that number is predicted to only increase in 2016.
With Christmas just around the corner, online retailers will be again falling over themselves to gain the attention of consumers who, in ever-increasing numbers, have learned the value of spending a little and getting a lot on Cyber Monday.
Ready? This year, watch for Cyber Monday sales to begin rolling out on Monday, November 28, 2016.
When and How to Find Deals on Cyber Monday
If you really want to save on Cyber Monday, browse the Web a full MONTH before to look for announcements from major retailers. Ebay and Amazon are - surprise - the most heavily advertised go-to places for Cyber Monday sales.
Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Nobles and Walmart come in a close second offering 30-50% off on everything from flatscreen TV's to books. Also, if you haven't checked your favorite social media outlet recently, now is the time. You'll likely find Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter posts with "all hands on deck" sales alerts by those you follow.
In some cases, discount coupons can be added to already discounted prices. Throw in free delivery and you're practically getting a steal.
Similar to traditional shopping, remember that you're competing with other shoppers for online bandwidth and response times, so head over to Cyber Monday sales early.
Some online retailers begin their Cyber Monday extravaganzas precisely at midnight. Others wait until 7AM or 8AM the following morning knowing that most shoppers will begin browsing their smartphones on the Monday commute, or from their desktops at work, to look for that special holiday deal.
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