Over the next several weeks it will be the case that millions of Americans start to look for Cyber Monday 2010 sales and deals. The sales ad for most online retailers will not be leaked until sometime in November but it is usually the case that some of the inside sources have some very valuable information on what items are sure to be discounted on the Monday after Thanksgiving. One of the largest online retailers in the world is Amazon and their sales ad will likely be dropped sometime during the early part of November.When looking for computers on sale during Cyber Monday it is often the case that costumes look to Amazon, Overstock, Best Buy or other online electronics retailers. These retailers are able to buy in bulk so they have the ability to pass the savings on to the customers. Before making any computer purchases as Christmas gift ideas it would be very smart to at least check out the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and deals from these major electronics retailers. There might be savings of hundreds of dollars by simply being patient and waiting for these huge discounts.With the advancements in technology and blogs it is now the case that American customers can find a great deal of information on upcoming sales well before the ad paper is released. It is important to realize that you will want to make 100% certain that this ad paper looks accurate as there are many programs that can adjust photos and pictures to make ads look like the real thing. Most of the time there will be several ads floating around the Internet so by completing some due diligence you will likely be able to find out just what computers will be on sale on Cyber Monday.When sitting at work on Cyber Monday millions of Americans will do some Christmas shopping. All those gifts that they did not by on Black Friday will likely be purchased on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, there will be some online retailers that have a problem with capacity as some websites get bogged down when a certain number of users are trying to purchase a product. With this in mind it would be a good idea to get up quite early and get all of your purchases in before the rest of America starts surfing the net. Some users will stay up past midnight on Sunday just to gain the opportunity to lock in these great deals.
It is very hard to imagine that the Christmas holiday shopping season is upon us but we have already seen many early Black Friday deals and sales offered from retailers such as Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target. When looking for the best Christmas gift ideas in 2010 it is always important to consider who you are buying for. There are many young adults who continue to use their iPod each and every day and nothing would please them more than an iTunes gift card. Rather than purchasing this gift card at full price it may be a smart decision to wait until Black Friday are cyber Monday and see if there are any deals or sales available to lower the price of this specific gift.There have been many retailers that offer gift cards at low prices when it comes to Apple products. In fact, Wal-Mart has offered a $50 iTunes gift card for only $35 during certain times of the year. It would be a very wise decision to research these opportunities to save rather than going out and paying full price for a gift card or for any Apple specific product during the 2010 Christmas holiday shopping season. The same holds true when purchasing an iPod. Rather than going out and paying full price for a brand-new iPod it may be a wise decision to do research and see if there are any major retailers are offering steeply discounted prices during the Christmas holiday shopping season this year.With millions of American children and young adults loving music Apple has made billions of dollars selling the iPod. A very common Christmas gift idea each and every year continues to be this Apple product as new models come out seemingly every six months. Unfortunately, it is often hard to find the newest models at discounted prices but if you are willing to get an older generation then there is a very good chance that you could save quite a minute of money on black Friday or cyber Monday. Rather than purchasing any product at full price it is always a wise decision to wait till the busiest shopping days of the year and see what sales and deals are available.There is no argument to be made to Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year but many people do not think about cyber Monday when it comes to online sales. If you are looking to purchase an Apple product or an iTunes gift card and it may be wise to consider waiting until cyber Monday and seeing what online retailers have on sale.
Have you ever heard of Cyber Monday? Well, if you have shopped online before, you have probably heard this term that was coined in 2004. This is the internet version of Black Friday, which is the huge shopping day on the Friday after Thanksgiving.Everyone knows that shoppers go wild for the day after Thanksgiving sales. You probably know people who get up at 4am just to camp out in front of a store that opens at 7am so that they can get 50% off the DVD player they want. Maybe you know a mother who stands in line for hours just to get that new Elmo toy her child just has to have this Christmas season.Many people just do not have the desire to fight the crowds at the mall looking for a parking space on Black Friday, so every year they miss out on the great deals. Well, Cyber Monday is the solution to this problem! Surfing on the internet can be the only shopping you do this holiday season if you decide you do not want to hit the mall.Online retailers offer great sales, discounts and even free shipping usually. It is the kickoff to the online Christmas shopping season. The reason why Monday is a busy shopping day is because many shoppers who could not find their item on Black Friday return to work Monday, get on their computer and start looking for it.If you are someone who does not enjoy crowds, but still wants to find the same great deals, spend some time researching what the deals will be on Cyber Monday. You might be shocked at what great discounts and perks you can get without ever having to leave your house, fight any crowds or gas up your car.
In these uncertain times, everyone is looking for a bargain and a way to save money. That’s why the special sales and discounts offered during Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be very significant for bargain hunters. The days surrounding the Thanksgiving Holiday does present an excellent opportunity to save on tech items such as laptops and netbooks or the latest “must have” gadget of the moment.However, these same bargain hunters probably know all those special holiday sales and low prices usually come with a catch. As a recent report by CNN pointed out, you have to be aware that there may be limited quantities of the items on sale. Plus, you have to be aware of derivatives… items which don’t exactly have all the features you would expect in the gadget you’re buying.In other words, no matter if you’re shopping online or in the real world, you have to be careful and closely examine the item you’re purchasing. The merchant is probably counting on a “buying frenzy” and customers rush to buy the item before someone else grabs it. When supplies are limited, many customers do rush to buy the item and suffer the consequences later.The same thing can happen online, even though you can avoid the large crowds and shop from the comfort of your home, you still have to act quickly because in most cases the items on sale will be limited in number. So how do you find those special Black Friday laptop deals and special discounts?Here are a few shopping tips which may help you with your holiday shopping:1. Do your homework. Before the Thanksgiving Holiday, scout out some special merchants and sites which offer discount links, bookmark these sites so you can easily find them on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.2. Join subscription notification lists. If any of the sites feature the laptops or products you’re considering buying, opt-in to their notification list so that these sites will email you when a special sale comes online. For example, Amazon offers such a feature and it can be a great money and time saver.3. Use the search engines to your advantage. Another great aid is using a search engine such as Google to find those special sales. However, you must qualify your search with keyword qualifiers such as “black friday online coupons”, “cyber monday online discounts”… attached to the specific keyword of the laptop model you’re looking for on the web.4. Comparison shop to get the best price. Although time will be a factor on these special deals since the number of items will usually be limited, you should still do some comparison shopping to make sure you get the lowest price possible for your laptop.5. Check the seller’s reputation before buying. Regardless of how low the price, you must check out the merchant or seller, make sure they have a well established reputation with quality service and a good return policy, in case you should have trouble with your purchased item.Lastly, if you’re buying a laptop on Black Friday or on Cyber Monday, double check the laptop’s features and specs to make sure you’re getting exactly what you’re looking for in your machine. Don’t be blinded by the low price, if your laptop can’t do what you want it to do, then it really isn’t a money saver no matter how much you get discounted off the purchase price. If you’re worried about using a credit card, try using an online payment system like PayPal and keep your personal details private.Happy Shopping!
You adored that 52 inch wide-screen LCD TV for six months now. However, you have put off the purchase up until November’s Black Friday Sale, a time when prices go rock bottom. So you held onto that piggy bank, saving every penny that you can spare, so that by the time that the clock strikes twelve, you can dash your way to the store shelves and finally acquire the gadget of your dreams.Then came reality: you realized that five hundred other people want the same thing, and they came to the store right before you did. To make matters worse, the store only has a hundred units of it in stock. Darn!Don’t fret. You are not alone. This is something that a lot of Black Friday shoppers have gone through at some point or another. Amidst the frustration, you might want to ask: “So what do I do?”The answer is very simple: Don’t shop on Black Friday. Shop on Cyber Monday instead. But before you go bonkers over this, let’s first have an understanding of what these two days are.Black Friday marks the start of the Christmas season, a time when retailers notice a massive rise in sales rates, thereby enabling them to sell their wares at a lower price without suffering financial loss. Slashing margins by giving discounts to customers may hurt the profitability of a particular product, but this loss is countered by the sheer number of units sold in such a short span of time; hence the never-ending sales promos.Cyber Monday is the Monday immediately following Black Friday, where a similar Black Friday phenomenon happens online. Instead of regular walk-in street shops, internet merchants give out discounts in their online offers.For a holiday shopper, Cyber Monday trumps Black Friday, and here five excellent reasons why:1. Cyber Monday’s product offerings are wider in range than Black Friday’s.When you shop online, you can even find prices that are much better than what the local store offers. Anything – even a manicurist’s service – can be bought in the internet today. Instead of having to choose between two or three brands in the local department store, wouldn’t it be awesome to choose among a longer list of products?2. Cyber Monday’s product offerings are cheaper.Since websites require dramatically lighter maintenance on the company’s end, the products are often cheaper than what you would end up with on a regular Black Friday sale. Most websites offer free shipping and handling (or at least, an enormously discounted S&H rate) so you can save more time and money, as you won’t have to pay for gas.3. Cyber Monday promo items are less likely to run out.Because you are buying from a central website, their storehouses and supply chains are more efficient than regular stores. This makes them less likely to run out of stuff to sell. Just imagine wasting your time on a beautiful Black Friday morning simply because that particular gem you’ve been lining up for has gotten sold out 2 minutes right after the store opened. These things do happen, just like that event in a New York Wal-Mart store a year ago.4. Cyber shopping is generally safer than conventional shopping.You won’t have to worry about potential hair-pulling incidents which happen a lot on Black Fridays. People tend to become grumpier than usual when they’re pressured for time and are tightly packed in a small space – just like what happens to department stores on a Black Friday. By purchasing what you want online, you will not have to worry about these things anymore. Oh! And you won’t have to worry about pickpockets either.5. Cyber shopping gives you more time to think it over.Everyone is on a rush on a Black Friday, and that includes the retail store clerks who have to attend to so many customers all at the same time. This makes it difficult for you to get questions sufficiently answered. If you shop online on Cyber Monday instead, you will a better opportunity to research whether the product that you want to buy is something that perfectly fits your needs.These are just five of the many advantages of shopping on a Cyber Monday instead of a Black Friday.Shop on Monday. That TV can wait… online.
Are you already on the prowl for Black Friday deals or Cyber Monday sales? We all know that these days hold the reputation of fulfilling every bargain hunter’s dream because retailers slash prices on a limited number of items at or below cost. But are these Black Friday deals really a “deal”?Well, the day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday” for a reason. For retailers, it’s all about boosting their sales “into the black” – into profitability. Profits are made not by offering goods at a loss, but by selling at super-low prices to lure you into their stores where they can try to use sneaky tricks to get your money.In order to survive this holiday season with your wallet intact and make “Black Friday” profitable for yourself, and not the stores, review these 5 shopping tips:1. Beware of Deep-Discount Sales and “Add-Ons.” As mentioned earlier, many retailers promote “door-buster” sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to lure you into the store or online so that you will spend, spend, spend. Frequently, stores offer a very limited quantity of the “door-buster” deals which may force you to purchase a similar item at the regular price. This is a classic “bait-and-switch” scam. Stores may also attempt to sell you an inexpensive product with a very expensive warranty. Or, a salesperson tells you that you need to purchase additional software, accessories or other over-priced add-ons as a requirement for the product but this information was not advertised or included in the price. Typically, you discover this information at the register. If the price at the register is higher than advertised for any reason, ask to speak to a supervisor and insist on the advertised price.2. Shop Early for “Hot-Items.” Don’t procrastinate and wait until the last minute for “hot-items.” Plan your shopping strategy days in advance and make sure that you have alternatives. Diligently use shopping comparison sites and sign up for email alerts from your favorite stores.3. Protect Yourself Online. Phony sales or “bait and switch” tactics happen online too. For example, a Web site might advertise an item at a very cheap price but the product is not in stock so they try to get you to buy something else at a higher cost. Or, if you try to only buy the sale item, the retailer either cancels the order claiming the product has been back-ordered or they send you a lower quality product that you did not order. If one of these practices occur, exercise your consumer rights including, seeking recourse if your order does not arrive on time or disputing questionable charges on your credit card. For more information on avoiding rip-offs and exercising your consumer rights visit http://www.ftc.gov.4. Don’t Buy Unnecessary Warranties. Appliance and electronic retailers always ask you if you want an extended warrant when you buy such items. In most cases, “just say no” Why? These stores keep 50 percent or more of what they charge you for the warranty and studies show that products seldom break within the period the extended warranty covers-which is after the standard warranty expires and within two to three years of purchase. Also, the standard manufacturer’s warranty covers many of the repairs included in an extended warranty. But if you are looking for peace of mind or the price to repair the product is extremely high after the standard warranty expires, check to see if your credit card offers similar coverage or try to negotiate a better price.5. Understand Return and Price Match Policies. You can get the best price without hassles if you know in advance a store’s price-match and return policy. Many stores offer price-match guarantees (if a competitor offers a lower price, they’ll match it). However,items purchased on Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be exempt from the store’s general policy. Some stores have a return policy that, in effect, is a price-match guarantee for the store itself (if they drop the price, the difference is later refunded to you if you ask for it). If you know which product you plan to buy, and find a store with a price-match guarantee that honors Black Friday prices, buy it in advance. When Black Friday rolls around, you can look for the best price, and not have to worry about whether the store is out of stock. If a store is willing to refund the difference between its own normal price and its Black Friday price, buy it early for the same reason.Remember, to get a jump on great Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales, start planning now, research your purchases and above all else spread good cheer.