Did you skip the madness and chaos of this year's Black Friday sales? Although some of the discounts may have been enticing, you're probably thinking it's never worth the trouble battling the crowds and skipping family Thanksgiving dinner altogether just for a few hundred dollars off an off-brand TV.
If you'd much rather battle it out with shoppers virtually within the comfort of your home without contending physically with the mad rush of the shopping public, then you'll be pleased to know that Cyber Monday sales are as good (if not better) than some Black Friday deals.
Here are four categories to watch out for on Cyber Monday:
1. Clothes and shoes
If you're getting ready for the winter season and you're planning on refreshing your year-end wardrobe, Cyber Monday is a good time to score great deals on winter apparel. Most online clothing and shoe sites like Amazon and Zappos typically offer substantial discounts on coats, sweaters, shoes and jackets on Cyber Monday with free shipping to boot. Discounts range from 30 to 75 percent so it's wise to stock up.
2. Small kitchen appliances
Blenders, microwaves, mixers and coffee makers are always big hits during Cyber Monday. Small kitchen appliances make perfect gifts and purchases during the holiday season because it's typically the time for big cookouts and feasts. It's better to wait it out and look for big online discounts for these kitchen essentials and sitewide appliance discounts on Cyber Monday.
3. Computer parts
Online computer and office supply stores like Newegg, Office Depot, Dell and HP regularly have Cyber Monday sales where you can get big discounts on computers, computer parts and computer accessories. Expect to save on peripherals and parts like printers, memory, storage, video cards, keyboards, mice and speakers on this day.
It wasn't always the case but airlines, hotels and online booking sites are now offering great deals on Cyber Monday. If you're planning on booking a vacation soon and flexible enough with the dates and destinations, look for discounts of up to 50 percent off on domestic flights, hotels and other vacation bundles on Cyber Monday.
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