5 Ways to Find the Best Deals for Cyber Monday 2013

by Carla Lake | November 25, 2013 6:00 am

5 Ways to Find the Best Deals for Cyber Monday 2013

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[1], 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. laptop spewing money 630 300x174 5 Ways to Find the Best Deals for Cyber Monday 2013

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[2] include:

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[6]) Google Shopping[7] 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[8] for Cyber Monday 2013:

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[21] — 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[22], a site that helps consumers to report complaints against companies, released their annual list of Cyber Monday scams[23] to avoid:

  1. Free $1000 Gift Card:  Last year, Cyber Monday scammers sent out mass texts urging people to fill in a code on BestBuyContest.com and BestBuyWin.net — 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[24]) and Target (TGT[25]). 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[26]) and Facebook (FB[27]) 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 .

Endnotes:
  1. $1.8 billion in sales: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2013/11/18/black-friday-cyber-monday-sales.html?page=all
  2. Cyber Monday deals: http://investorplace.com/2013/11/cyber-monday-deals/#.Uo5-GieQOIA
  3. Christian Science Monitor reports: http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2013/1118/Black-Friday-deals-vs.-Cyber-Monday-deals-What-to-buy-when-video
  4. Forget a Cyber Monday deal: http://investorplace.com/2013/11/cyber-monday-deals/6/#.Uo6KYCeQOIA
  5. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  6. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  7. Google Shopping: http://www.google.com/shopping
  8. three of the top shopping apps: http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/19/the-8-best-apps-for-black-friday-cyber-monday-and-christmas-shopping/
  9. PriceGrabber: http://www.pricegrabber.com/ipad-iphone-android-app.php/
  10. online: http://www.pricegrabber.com/holiday-guides/holiday-shopping-guide/g-10/
  11. iPad: http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=m7IpELVFEZY&subid=&offerid=146261.1&type=10&tmpid=3909&u1=site&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252FWebObjects%252FMZStore.woa%252Fwa%252FviewSoftware%253Fid%253D363624354%2526mt%253D8%2526partnerId%253D30
  12. iPhone: http://i.pgcdn.com/images/btn_pg_iphone_edition3.png
  13. Android: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pricegrabber.PGAndroid
  14. BuyVia: http://www.buyvia.com/apps-downloads/
  15. iPad: http://bit.ly/139xWK7
  16. iPhone: http://bit.ly/17oVdxP
  17. Android: http://bit.ly/15BrFZI
  18. TheFind: http://app.thefindbuzz.com/
  19. Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-find-for-ipad/id664373778
  20. Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thefind.shoppingaio
  21. braving the crowds on Black Friday: http://investorplace.com/2013/11/black-friday-shopping-2013/
  22. Scambook: http://www.scambook.com/
  23. annual list of Cyber Monday scams: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11306509.htm
  24. BBY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BBY
  25. TGT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TGT
  26. TWTR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TWTR
  27. FB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FB

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