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5 Ways to Find the Best Deals for Cyber Monday 2013

Comparing prices is easy online, but beware of scams

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To put it bluntly, these shopping apps are all more or less the same — you search the item you’re looking for, and the app spits out current deals from different retailers. But that doesn’t mean you should restrict yourself to just one.

Once you’ve decided on an item, run the name through several different price comparison apps or sites to find the best Cyber Monday deals in just minutes.

Cyber Monday 2013 Tip #4: Don’t Pay for Shipping

When shopping for heavy items like appliances, shipping can be a killer — and even for lighter packages like clothes, shipping costs might make you consider (gasp) stepping into the light of day to buy something at a store.

Don’t do it. That’s why free shipping on Cyber Monday was invented.

Cyber Monday 2013 Tip #5: Avoid Cyber Monday Scams

Hands down, shopping for Cyber Monday 2013 should be less stressful than braving the crowds on Black Friday — there’s no risk of being pickpocketed, having gifts stolen from your car or slipping in an icy parking lot at 5 a.m. But there are plenty of reasons not to let your guard down for Cyber Monday deals in 2013, too. Scambook, a site that helps consumers to report complaints against companies, released their annual list of Cyber Monday scams to avoid:

  1. Free $1000 Gift Card:  Last year, Cyber Monday scammers sent out mass texts urging people to fill in a code on and — both fake. This year, be on the alert for similar scams, and only enter information on sites you know are legitimate.
  2. Fake Leaked Black Friday Ads: This phishing scam involved an email with fake downloadable coupons for big retailers like Best Buy (BBY) and Target (TGT). Never open promotional emails that aren’t from an official domain name — if in doubt, delete the email without opening.
  3.  False Videos and eCards Carrying Viruses: This Cyber Monday scam hacked users’ Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) accounts to share fake ecards and videos to their followers and friends that led to viruses and malware.
  4. Google Searches Pose Threat: Though Google’s search algorithms attempt to combat this practice, unsavory scammers use “Blackhat SEO” to make their sites rank among legitimate ones for terms like “Best Buy Black Friday Deals.” Javascript coding would then prompt Internet Explorer users to download viruses.

And, always a good rule of thumb — if something seems too good to be true, try a quick Google search of whatever you’re looking for, plus the word “scam” to get an idea of any other unsavory schemes.

Happy Cyber Monday 2013 shopping!

As of this writing, Carla Lake did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities .

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