Lining up at the wee hours of the morning to get amazing shopping deals on Black Friday has been a long standing tradition (pardon the pun). For those who can’t be bothered with the waits, crowds and hassle there is Cyber Monday. Many online retailers are offering incredible deals for online shoppers on Monday December 1st. Here are some tips for getting the most out of Cyber Monday’s deals plus links to some incredible sales.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Cyber Monday lasts but just one day and since there’s a good chance you’ll have to do some or most of your shopping from work you need to have a game plan. Here’s what you can do ahead of time to get ready for those great deals.
1. Make a list of those you have to buy for in a Word or other word processing document. You’re less likely to forget someone in the shopping rush if you know exactly how many gifts you have to buy. You’re also less likely to over indulge.
2. Window shop to spot what you need. Before the big day visit as many websites as possible and take note of what you want to buy. When you find an item that would be perfect for someone on your list put the item next to that person’s name plus the URL of the item for easy access. When finished you have an easy to reference list when shopping. Email this list to your work email address if you’ll be shopping from the office.
3. Pack a lunch. If you’re buying from work chances are your boss isn’t going to be too happy with you doing your shopping on company time. Make both you and your boss happy by staying at your desk during your lunch break and doing your Cyber Monday shopping then.
4. Team up for the best deals. Many of the online stores are offering free shipping or generous discounts when you spend over a certain amount of money. If you can’t make the minimum total yourself go in with coworkers who need items from the same website. By pooling your shopping orders you’ll be sure to meet the purchase price required and snag some free shipping or deeper discounts in the process.
Where the Deals Are
So just where are these fabulous Cyber Monday deals to be had? Here’s a list of some of the most impressive ones.
Items on Sale Now! The following are available at incredible prices online right now so grab them before they’re gone.
Ipod Touch 16 GB: Save $200 off an Apple iPod Touch at. This item will probably sell out fast so hurry over to grab it!
Sharp LCD HDTV: Save a whopping $500 off this 42 inch television.
Guitar Hero Bundle for Xbox: Grab the Guitar Hero game with two guitar controllers included for a mere $79.98 but get it now because they’re nearly sold out!
Toys R Us: Free shipping on any order over $49 for today (Black Friday) and Saturday only. Pssst…they’ve got Wiis!
Cyber Monday Deals
Here’s the ones you’ll have to wait for but it gives you time to plan your Cyber Monday shopping.
Benefit Cosmetics: Use coupon code CYBESHIP to get free shipping on all orders over $25.
Fitz and Floyd: 15% off everything on the site plus free shipping on all orders over $75. No coupon code required. Pssst—they have some really gorgeous home décor items!
Kmart: Free shipping on all orders over $30. As of the time I wrote this their website had crashed due to high volume so keep trying as I’ve heard they have some incredible deals.
Bed and Bath Store: 15% off any order over $100 using the code CY08 .
CBS Sports Store: 20% off your entire order. No coupon code required.
Luggage Online: 20% off any order. No coupon code required.
Nascar.com: 20% off your entire order. No coupon code required.
Origins: $10 off any order of $35 or more with coupon code TenOffLS .
Wine.com: 1 cent shipping with coupon code CYBERMON on any order.
This is just a sampling of the great deals available online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Be organized, be fast and be a smart shopper by getting in on these deals while you can.