Cyber Monday, the online version of Black Friday, is the biggest online shopping day of the year. And with a few billion in sales in 2016, Cyber Monday is creeping up on Black Friday as the biggest sale day of the year online or offline. It’s tailor-made for people who want to get in on holiday deals without fighting traffic and crowds. Take this as an opportunity to get big discounts on the latest computer or gadget that will help you boost you or your team’s productivity.
Here are a few tips to help you take advantage of special offers on Cyber Monday.
- Plan early – Make a list of the products that you’re considering well before Cyber Monday. Having your list ready prepared early will give you time later to compare prices on these products. Once the Cyber Monday ads are out, you can make a comparison between the standard price and the Cyber Monday price, or price compare one website against another. Having a list will also keep you from buying things that you don’t need.
- Watch for hidden costs – Some online stores may offer huge discounts, but there could be hidden costs that will add up. Check for shipping fees, taxes and other charges that may be referenced in the fine print.
- Pull the trigger – Online businesses may only offer their sales within a narrow window of time, or they may have a limited supply of popular merchandise. The best time to shop is during the early hours of the morning—especially for items that may sell out quickly. Once you find what you want, buy it. Otherwise, shopping in the afternoon may be too late.
- Use a safe Internet connection – Be safe in your online shopping. Try to avoid shopping on public Wi-Fi, and shop only on sites you trust.
- Don’t ignore local stores – Do not limit your Cyber Monday shopping to the Internet. Some brick-and-mortar stores will attempt to top Cyber Monday sales with their own in-store specials that may be valid for one day only.