Black Friday may offer some of the year’s best discounts, but some aspects of this annual event can discourage even the most determined bargain hunter. If you’re not keen on toughing it out in a crowded mall, don’t worry; you can still score a lot of great deals on Cyber Monday just by going online.
Instead of trudging to the mall with your Christmas gift list, consider shopping online instead. Cyber Monday offers online shoppers great deals with the added benefit of convenience. Make the most of your Cyber Monday shopping spree with these helpful tips.
Make a List
If you plan to visit several websites to make multiple purchases, be sure to have a list of gifts you intend to buy in order to minimize confusion and the time you spend online.
To prevent the lure of impulse buying, write down your budget for each item, and stick to your list!
Research and Compare Prices
Be careful of marketers that try to make regular prices appear like bargains. Before doing any cyber shopping, find out the approximate retail price for your items so you can spot the real deals.
While shopping, make use of comparative shopping engine apps or tools to check the lowest possible price for your items across the web and at local stores. Sign up for email alerts from price comparison sites for a heads up on hourly deals.
Track Retailer Promotions
If you have a preferred retailer, monitor their blog and sign up for their newsletter a week or two before Cyber Monday to stay informed about upcoming promos and to avail of exclusive subscriber coupons.
Make sure to follow your favorite stores and brands on Facebook and Twitter. They will often announce their latest discounts and deals on popular social sites.
Protect Yourself Online
Guard yourself against identity theft and online fraud. To check if a site is private and secure, look at its URL and see if it says https:// and shows a small padlock icon during the payment process.
Make sure your anti-virus software is running and up to date. An effective anti-virus program can detect viruses and key loggers used by phishing scams to steal your personal or credit card details.
You can never be too careful when it comes to passwords. Secure your phone, tablet, and wireless network with a password made up of upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Create a new password for each site that requires you to sign up for a shopping account.
Be Early and Act Fast
Keep in mind that items with low prices may be limited in quantity, so start your bargain hunting early. Avoid peak shopping hours in the late morning and early evening, and look for online equivalents of “door buster deals” where great deals are offered only for a certain period of time.
Be careful not to be taken in by the rush of the sales tactic or you may end up making a lot of unnecessary purchases.
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