5 Smart Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

5 Smart Cyber Monday Shopping Tips


Online Retailers Gear Up For Cyber Monday Onslaught

Beginning in the wee hours of this morning, web servers around the world will be stretched to their limits. Today is Cyber Monday, the web’s version of Black Friday whereby online retailers offer some of their best deals of the season.

Christmas giftCyber Monday is the first work day following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend when workers head back to their places of employment, log on to their computers, and shop. Needless to say it is a particularly unproductive day at some places of business as employees don’t get much done.

Before you run off to other websites to explore what deals are out there, consider the following tips first:

1. Shop Early – Though online retailers aren’t likely to run out of stock permanently, you’ll want to do your shopping as early in the day possible in order to avoid servers stretched to capacity.

At the height of the day is when most people will be online, which means that your retailer’s web site may crash if too many people try to shop at the same time.

2. Compare Offers – Amazon is one of the largest online retailers and is, as such, a price leader. However, their prices can be beat if you know how and where to shop. PriceGrabber.com, BizRate.com, MySimon.com, and Shopzilla.com are among the top sites for comparing prices.

3. Phone Apps – Sophisticated shoppers armed with phone applications (apps) such as Yowza can find bargains locally. Sometimes waiting for a product to arrive after an online purchase can stretch your patience, therefore Yowza might be a better way to go.

Downloaded to your iPhone, Yowza uses GPS technology to find store coupons in your area. Coupon Sherpa, Valpak, and mobiQpons are other services worth exploring.

4. Shop Secured – If you’re an avid web user than you already know to only shop at a secured site. A site is secured if the web page includes an extra “s” in the address such as “https” and if you can locate a closed padlock in the corner, top, or bottom of your browser screen.

Hover over that icon and it will tell you that it has been “Authenticated by GoDaddy, Inc.” or some other service.

5. Shop At Home – Lastly, the one tip many people don’t want to hear is this one: shop on your own time and on your own computer. Your employer is paying you to work which means that you should shop on your own time, not on company time.

If your work computer is faster than your home computer and your employer doesn’t mind you using it, then do your shopping while on break, at lunch or before or after work. Don’t give your employer cause to discipline or terminate you; no online deal is worth pursuing if risks are involved.

Happy Shopping!

Online retailers are battling brick and mortar merchants for customers now more than ever. For savvy shoppers, this can mean that you’ll find some of the best deals if you shop around.

Adv. — Shop NBuy Plaza for online bargains from more than 5000 retailers.  Find best buys on the Holiday Shopping page or peruse our Bargain Basement for some of the best deals out there. Visit our Party Planning page for Christmas and New Year’s party ideas!


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".