Best Cyber Monday Deals – Cyber Monday was the most popular online shopping day last year, and this year it’s predicted that sales will reach $1.2 billion, as eager shoppers take advantage of the best steals and deals offered by various online retailers.
Amazon and Zappos
Amazon really pioneered online-only shopping and they continue to do so. We connected with the company and they’ll have a range of offers throughout the day along with “Lightning Deals.” They show you the percentage off, which is a nice way to really get your head around how good a deal something is. Amazon Prime makes checking out incredibly fast, because you’ll have a one-click buying option and free shipping on most items. Once people join Amazon Prime, Amazon tends to become their shopping default, meaning they’ll check there before trying anywhere else.
You’ve got to hand it to Zappos. They offer free shipping both ways 365 days a year. I’ve never had an issue with them, and that includes returning several big boot boxes this fall. I should point out, they’re known for shoes, but they now sell apparel, too, and offer free two-way shipping offer holds.
Walmart and Best Buy
Walmart’s whole mantra is “everyday low prices” and that holds true online. This year they’re reporting they’ll have 250 online-only Cyber Week specials. Walmart.com actually has tons of items you won’t find in their stores.
Best Buy is pulling out all the stops online this year. Their stores are known for having really helpful guys and girls in blue shirts to answer all your tech questions, and this year online, the site is pretty well organized to give gift giving suggestions. Electronics is such a hot category, so it’s an area where people really do want to know what’s hot for men, women, teens and kids. They’ve even got a tech gifts section for sports fans – win-win.
Best Jewelry Deal:
LivingSocial with Blue Nile
Living Social and Groupon are known for providing local deals. Watch for Living Social to really break out with some national deals. For instance, it’s already been announced that BlueNile – the online jeweler – will be partnering with Living Social to offer $200 worth of merchandise for $100. So, right off the bat, you’d DOUBLE your buying power if you go this route. Then, using the $200 voucher on Blue Nile means you’ll get more bling – and we’re talking the real thing – for your buck. This is a Cyber Monday power move.