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As expected, Amazon's Cyber Monday deals are exactly the same as their Black Friday deals when it comes to their own devices like the Echo. However, there are still some great deals to be had on Amazon today that we might have missed if it wasn't for the Slickdeals community. If you live in an area that has Prime Now, you can get $5 off your order today with the 5OFFNOW coupon code, and you also get a $5 credit for your next order after December 2nd. This coupon expires at 11:59 p.m. PT tonight. The TP-LINK HS100 WiFi-Enabled Smart Plug is on sale for $17.95 (reg. $29.99) when you order with your Alexa-enabled device. Just say "Alexa, order a TP Link Smart Plug" and you should get the discounted price. This Smart plug enables you to control any device connected to it using Alexa voice commands. You can also download a free app to control it remotely. threadID: 9455739 If you're like me and can never keep track of your lightning cables (or keep them away from your dogs), you can get a 10' USB charging cable for $5 today after using the coupon 68NXIKFB. Those needing a carpet cleaner might like the Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe from Hoover for $80. It's been hovering around $150 recently (see what I did there?), so at this price, it's a great deal. It has high ratings and is the #1 best seller in its category on Amazon. threadID: 9425835 The Cyber Monday deal on the Kindle Unlimited membership is pretty good. You can get up to 40% off, so a 12-month membership comes out to $80. You can also do a 6-month membership for $45, or 24 months for $144. threadID: 9454991 One of the most popular items from this year's Amazon Prime Day is back for Cyber Monday. The 6-Quart Instant Pot 1000 Watt 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker is available for $69 (was $70 on Prime Day, normally sells for $120). They also have the smaller 5 qt model for $49. Amazon has one of the lowest prices we've ever seen for Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Light at $75. That's a $45 savings you'll definitely want to smile about. threadID: 9459275 Other Great Cyber Monday Deals from Amazon Boogie Board 8.5" LCD Writing Tablet (blue or pink) for $14 10-Count Dove Men+Care Body & Face Bar (Extra Fresh) for $6.35 30lb Blue Buffalo Dry Adult Dog Food (Various Flavors) for $40 10-Pack Hanes Men's Ultimate No Show Socks for $7 Amazon Dash Button + $4.99 Credit w/ First Press for $1 81-Ct Tide Pods He Turbo Laundry Detergent for $11 Dewalt 20V Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit + 20V Circular Saw for $224 Sabrent Mini Travel USB Optical Mouse for $1.92 Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones w/ Mic for $110 If you're still contemplating getting an Amazon device, today is probably your last chance to get them at a discounted rate this year. threadID: 9416063
If you don't find everything on your holiday shopping list this Black Friday — or just don't feel like waiting in line for a doorbuster that may or may not be sold out — there's always Cyber Monday, which often features deals on an even wider selection of products than Black Friday. And since, as the name implies, Cyber Monday shopping happens online, retailers are able to throw a ton of discounts at you, but not all of them are always the best bang-for-the-buck. While you should, of course, always watch out for shipping costs eating into your savings, we've rounded up some other common pitfalls to avoid when sifting through Cyber Monday deals. Quick Guide: Watch out for inflated "regular prices." Be careful of outdated, discontinued, or bare-bones products with similar model numbers. Slow down and do your research — no impulse buying. Bundles aren't always the best deal. Spending more doesn't necessarily save you more. Don’t Be Entranced by Percent-Discounts Increasing competition and purchasing options means that retailers are trying everything to grab your attention, and one of the easiest ways for them to do that is to promote a large percent-discount on their products. Any discount larger than 50% looks fantastic, but a practice that’s been gaining more popularity with online retailers is artificially inflating the “original price” before marking it back down. Sometimes, this discount is only marginally better than the normal, un-inflated price that’s available year-round. A quick search of our Hot Deals Forum can give you a good idea of what qualifies as a truly good price on an item and verify that it is, indeed, a slick deal. And if you're shopping on Amazon, running an item through the price tracking site camelcamelcamel can verify that you're getting the lowest price. Know What You’re Getting New products always carry the highest price and best profits for a retailer, which is why advertised low prices are often on outdated or discontinued models. Cross-reference the product’s model number on the manufacturer’s website to ensure you understand exactly what you’re getting. A single digit in a model number could mean the difference between the latest technology and an incompatible, or no longer supported, feature. Other times, a bare-bones model is promoted instead of the full-featured flagship product; it can be hard to tell the difference, but the specs never lie. A good example is this 70-inch Vizio 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Display for $930. The term “Home Theater Display” means there’s no built-in tuner or coaxial connection. Not a big deal if you don’t use the airwaves, but it’s definitely something to note. Don’t Let FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) Get the Best of You Low stock and high demand during Cyber Monday means that you have to act quickly in order to take advantage of popular deals, and it’s this hastiness that pushes many people into impulse buys. Take your time to do some research and really make sure you want a particular item, and that it’s actually a worthy deal. The holiday season isn’t the only time when you can get great discounts, especially if you’re looking at electronics — tech and gadgets always see a price drop when next year’s models are announced. Build a wish list and use our Deal Alerts to stay on top of any price drops. Do Your Own Math Product bundles may seem like the way to go for across-the-board discounts, but many times retailers are simply doing the math for you. Research the available price for each individual item and confirm that it actually adds up to real savings. A common practice is to use the full retail price when calculating the “savings” in these bundles, and it’s an opportunity for retailers to mix-and-match new, outdated or even refurbished items for a greater perceived value. Double-check each product or model number in the bundle to ensure you’re not getting stuck with something you don’t want — a worthless or unusable bundle item could easily wipe out any potential savings. Be Wary of “Spend More to Save More” Deals Some Cyber Monday sales offer various tiers of discounts where if you spend more, you’ll access more savings. The key here is to not focus solely on the absolute dollar amount saved. These multi-level deals sometimes have diminishing percent-discounts as your total spending increases. For example, some retailers will offer coupons where you can save $15 off $30, $30 off $75, or $60 off $150. While you’re saving more cash, the percent-discount falls from 50% to 40% as you spend more, and that’s only if you can get exactly to the advertised amount. Of course, nothing is priced near $30 or $75 in an effort to have you mix-and-match your total spend to reach the $150 price point. What are some common pitfalls you've come across while navigating the gauntlet of Cyber Monday? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
On the whole, Amazon's Black Friday deals have been less than mind-blowing. Now all eyes are on the mega-retailer to see what kind of specials they'll be doling out for Cyber Monday (running from Saturday, November 28 to Saturday, December 5). The good news is that we've got a pretty solid idea of what to expect. Where Amazon's Black Friday Let Us Down Amazon had shoppers buzzing with the announcement that there'd be frequent Lightening Deals running in addition to Black Friday offers and app-exclusive sales. The problem was that a lot of Slickdealers were jaded from Prime Day, when items were selling out faster than they could scoop them up. Where Black Friday was concerned, many worried that great deals would require sitting around clicking the refresh button all day long. Still, Amazon's Black Friday promotions touted tech deals front and center. While some were pretty good (think 50" 1080p LED TVs for $149.99), others were a little meh. For instance, "top-selling" 60" 4K LED TVs for $799.99. (Exactly what brands are we talking here?) Cyber Monday: What to Expect Amazon is rebranding the one-day event, promoting it as Cyber Monday Deals Week. While some deals are recycled from Black Friday, others represent a hodgepodge of seemingly random discounts. For example, 58 percent off digital bathroom scales, and 47 percent off designer duct tape. For the stuff you actually want to get your hands on, there are deals to be had—if you know where to look. Here's a breakdown of the stand-out deals Amazon is offering during Cyber Monday week. Pro Tip: Save an extra $10 off your order if you have a Discover card an add it as your 1-Click payment option. It's only a one-time credit, but it's makes for a great deal when you buy a Fire tablet and get it for $25, for example. Not to mention you get up to 10% cashback fom Discover this quarter as well. If there are any extra oupons to take advantage of, you'll find them here. TECH Amazon Echo for $149 (marked down from $179.99)30 percent off Fire tablet (final price: $34.99)$25 off Amazon Fire TV (final price: $74.99)$20 off Kindle Paperwhite (final price: $99.99)LG Electronics 60" 1080p TV for under $70045 percent off Sony XBR55X850C 55" 4K Ultra HD TV (final price: $1,198)—*As some Slickdealers pointed out, this actually isn't all that better than competitor prices)$100 off Philips Fidelio Noise-Cancelling HeadphonesAt least $100 off select LED and curved Samsung monitors TOOLS 72 percent off Makita XT211M 18V Cordless Combo KitOver half off DEWALT 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit KIDS GEAR 40 percent off on RECARO Booster Car Seat (app-only deal)Up to 40 percent off select Britax strollers and car seatsUp to 30 percent off Graco Pack 'N Plays, gear and strollers TOYS Up to 50 percent off select toys from Nerf, My Little Pony, Star Wars and more50 percent off select Melissa & Doug toysUp to 40 percent off select board games, Power Wheels toys, and Nickelodeon toys APPAREL & BEAUTY 65 percent off select women's cashmereHalf off Kenneth Cole REACHTION men's shoes55 to 60 percent off select bags from Fossil and Rebecca Minkoff HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES Over 40 percent off select KitchenAid Professional Stand MixersOver 60 percent off BLACK + DECKER Cordless Dust Buster Hand VacuumUp to 60 percent off select cookware Have you taken advantage of any of Amazon's Cyber Monday deals?