Let’s face it — thanks to Cyber Monday, there really is no reason to slog through bad weather to do your shopping in crowded stores.
Cyber Monday 2013 is expected to generate $1.8 billion in sales, a 13% boost over last year, as more and more people shift their shopping habits online. To get the best Cyber Monday deals, though, savvy shoppers still have to do a bit of preparation … but at least it can be done from the comfort of home.
Here are our top tips to get the most out of Cyber Monday 2013:
Cyber Monday 2013 Tip #1: Know What to Buy
Shopping smart for Cyber Monday 2013 means knowing what items are the best to buy, even after inventories have been picked over on Black Friday and a post-holiday weekend of online shoppers. Some of the best Cyber Monday deals include:
- Clothing and shoes: For Cyber Monday deals, clothing is king; the Christian Science Monitor reports that Cyber Monday has 45% more clothing deals than Black Friday.
- Large home appliances: Free shipping on Cyber Monday helps out a lot with dishwashers, laundry machines and dryers, which can each weigh about 200 pounds. Plus, money-back rebates sweeten these Cyber Monday deals.
- Tech: Historically, Cyber Monday deals on tech aren’t as good as the ones on Black Friday, but if you want a particular smartphone or tablet and it didn’t sell out, companies tend to slash prices on the leftovers. You could also get a great deal on older models of these products. Forget a Cyber Monday deal on Apple (AAPL) iPhones and iPads though — the company has never offered more than free shipping on Cyber Monday.
Another Cyber Monday item to avoid is digital cameras — new camera models are released in January, so wait until then to get a good deal on 2013 models.
Cyber Monday 2013 Tip #2: Compare Prices
When you’re shopping from the comfort of your wireless router’s range, there’s really no reason not to do your due diligence for Cyber Monday 2013. And you don’t have to open a zillion tabs to compare the best Cyber Monday deals — just type in the item name in Google’s (GOOG) Google Shopping search bar to see prices from several different retailers.
Cyber Monday 2013 Tip #3: Get the Right Apps
Why use mobile apps on Cyber Monday if you’ve got your computer right in front of you? The better to multitask with, of course. To get the best prices, here are three of the top shopping apps for Cyber Monday 2013: