NEW YORK (MainStreet) – While Black Friday has become a cherished holiday tradition, Cyber Monday still has its skeptics. The term was invented just a few years ago by the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org, and not everybody is on board: CNN today called it a marketing gimmick, insisting that it’s not even the biggest online shopping day of the season. Plus, many retailers were offering their Black Friday deals online over the weekend, making it possible to snag low prices without braving the mall.
Still, marketing gimmicks have a way of catching on, and the term is now common enough that online retailers almost feel obliged to offer deals on the Monday after Thanksgiving. And consumers have also caught on, as 107 million people are expected to shop online today. If you were too busy to shop this weekend, or you just have an aversion to malls, here are a few of the best Cyber Monday deals happening now.
If you need proof of the odd relationship online retailers have with Cyber Monday, look no further than Amazon. The retailer started offering Black Friday “lightning deals” early last week, with each deal only available for a limited time. It continued to do so through today, but at some point over the weekend changed the banner from “Black Friday” to “Cyber Monday.” Aside from the name change, the deals are just as solid as they were for Black Friday. Lightning Deals that are currently available include a 1 TB hard drive for $67.32 (marked down from $101.74) and a Tony Hawk autographed skateboard deck for $139.99 (marked down from $299.99). And if you aren’t quick enough with the mouse, there are a number of other Cyber Monday deals that aren’t as time sensitive, like Hot Fuzz on Blu-ray for $10.99 (marked down from $26.98).
The big-box retailer likes to go big, so it’s not about to limit its sales to one day –apparently, this is Cyber Week. Today, iPod Touch bundles are starting at $210, and if you get the bare minimum bundle – which includes the 8 GB model and an accessory kit – you’ll save about $34.
Many eager shoppers camped out for several hours in hopes of snagging Best Buy’s Black Friday deals on electronics. As it turns out, they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble and just checked out BestBuy.com. The discounts may not be as deep, but there are certainly some gems, like this Mitsubishi 60” Class 1080p TV, which is compatible with 3-D. Normally priced at $999.99, it’s marked down to $599.99 until the end of today.
Toys R Us
If you didn’t love your child enough to stand in line for the Toys R Us Black Friday sale, the retailer is holding an online-only Cyber Monday sale. Included is a sale on Nerf weapons – buy any one Nerf product and get the second for 50% off. Hey, you need at least two people for a Nerf battle, right?
What, you thought Cyber Monday was just for retail? Travelocity is offering $100 off of flight and hotel packages to such destinations as Florida and Mexico when you enter the promo code CYBERMONDAY at checkout.
Plenty of third-party deal sites will help you navigate Cyber Monday, either by pointing you to the best deals or by providing exclusive coupon codes. DealNews.com, for instance, directs shoppers toward Crate & Barrel, where you can get 15% off site-wide and free shipping with the coupon code SAVE15.
Meawhile, RetailMeNot has a repository of coupon codes on its Cyber Monday page. And Savings.com offers numerous coupon codes, including $50 off any customized HP Pavillion Special Edition Laptop with the code NBP359276.
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