Updated for Cyber Monday 2016!
We’re coming up on one of the biggest shopping events of the year — Black Friday. But if you’re not up for braving the in-store crowds, Cyber Monday is a solid alternative that holds its own when it comes to savings.
With some retailers kicking off their cyber deals as early as the Sunday after Thanksgiving, knowing where to shop and what to expect can pay off big time. Before hitting the stores, experts advise upping your social media game to snag the best deals.
“For example, if you know you want to shop at Target, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and get their email newsletter,” says Michelle Madhok, online shopping expert and founder of SheFinds.com. “There are different deals going out through these various avenues. This way, you’ll be sure to get any special coupons or limited-time sales.”
Social media tips aside, we’ve rounded up the sites that are known for offering up sweet Cyber Monday deals. (You can also check our Cyber Monday category page for live updates)
Just as Black Friday is known for electronics (particularly TVs), Cyber Monday is famous for its deals on apparel, accessories and shoes. For these items, Madhok advises keeping an eye on Amazon.
“Amazon is really going after the apparel category, which means they have brand names and are competing on price; so it’s a good place to check,” she says.
Previously, we’ve seen Amazon offer 40 percent off Cole Haan for men, 70 percent off select Versace watches, and deep discounts on Kenneth Cole bags.
Cyber Monday is a big day for tools and home goods. Home Depot hasn’t disappointed us yet, spotlighting seriously marked-down items. Previously, a Dewalt 156-piece mechanics tool set was advertised for $199 (marked down from $379). Prices on Keurig coffee brewers were also slashed, along with Christmas trees, which were marked down as much as 50 percent off.
As the name implies, Cyber Monday is an online shopping event. But racking up hefty shipping costs is sure to wash out any deep savings. With this in mind, you might get the most bang for your buck by opting for Home Depot’s in-store pickup option.
Walmart is another retailer turning Cyber Monday into a week-long event. In past years, they featured steep discounts on PlayStation 4 bundles and $500 off 55-inch Samsung 4K Ultra HDTVs. There were bargains in other categories as well, including $10 jeans and savings of up to 50 percent off tablets and toys.
The kicker is that Walmart’s already-awesome shipping policy increased the savings — shoppers get free shipping on orders of $50 or more. To sidestep the fee, you can also opt for same-day in-store pickup.
Target usually gets a head start on Cyber Monday with deals the Sunday before. If past years were any indication, we’re in store for some great savings on shoes, apparel, jewelry, kitchen appliances, and so much more.
On top of these big savings, shoppers also landed an additional 5 percent off when they used their REDcards.
Cyber Monday Shopping Tips
Cyber Monday has historically sparked some valuable conversations in the Slickdeals community. One common gripe is that selections tend to dwindle fast. The best items sell out quickly, so getting an early jump on cyber deals is a good idea.
If there’s a particular item you’re stalking this season, creating a Deal Alert is a great set-it-and-forget-it way to keep up with the best prices. This way, newly posted deals are sent directly to your inbox — no hassle.
Are there any Cyber Monday retailers we left off the list? We’d love to hear any tricks you’ve got up your sleeve for saving big this year.