Tis' the season for shopping online. For the first time ever Cyber Monday is expected to see more shoppers than Black Friday. But how can you take advantage of all the sales and deals the coming week will bring?
Cyber Monday has its roots in the old desktop computer and wired internet. Shoppers would return to the office after Thanksgiving holiday, and hop online.
Even with access to the internet in pockets, purses, couches and cafes, retailers say Cyber Monday hasn't lost its luster.
The National Retail Federation said that eight in ten retailers will offer special Cyber Monday deals.
Laura Harders, of the blog Beltway Bargain Mom, says it's important to be able to separate the good deals from the great deals.
"Take advantage of deal sites as well as online databases that help collect all that information in one place. It really takes the hard work out of it for you."
Websites like Savings.com and Pricegrabber.com pull coupons and deals from multiple retailers.
The deep online discounts will even go beyond Cyber Monday. Last year, Cyber Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were all over a billion dollars online.
After Cyber week, Harders says she's noticed another trend.
"Around December 15th, a lot of discounts on jewelry, handbags, other apparel items. They're trying to clear their inventory, and they know us as consumers are looking to buy all of those holiday gifts."
That times well with the annual Free Shipping day. Hundreds of retailers will participate on December 18th, with delivery guaranteed by Christmas.
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