5 Things NOT to Buy on Cyber Monday
Planning your Cyber Monday shopping? You could save an average of 10 percent on Black Friday prices for some items, and save a lot of time, too. But is everything worth the wait?
Traditionally, toys, travel and clothing are the best Cyber Monday deals. But not everything is a better deal the Monday after Thanksgiving. If you’re really looking for rock-bottom prices, it might be wise to pounce on some items now and wait out a few others.
Thanksgiving weekend is usually the time when people decorate their homes for the holidays. Think retailers don’t know this? Buy earlier to score better deals. Of course, the best savings come after the holidays, so you can stock up for next year’s front yard winter wonderland. Use coupon codes to buy personalized and keepsake ornaments for new babies and marriages; or make your own decorations.
Jonesing for an iPad Mini 4? Apple has always marked down its products the most on Black Friday instead of Cyber Monday. Still, expect gift cards or accessories with purchase instead of steep discounts. Better to look at re-sellers like Target and Best Buy or refurbished older models at the Apple store.
Name Brand TVs
Sure, televisions are a popular doorbuster, and it’s only natural to choose online ordering over wrangling a 50-incher out a store door. Experts say if you just want a TV, period, go for it. Just know that many of the low-priced sets are budget brands or lower quality models of name brands – some made just for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! The best time of year to buy at TV is January, just before The Big Game.
While it’s tempting to buy those holly patterned sheets and shams, or an elegant new table cloth, hold off until the White Sales after the new year. Stores will be eager to get rid of towels, napkins and bedding sets.
September and October offer better deals for white goods – washers, dryers, ovens and refrigerators. And guys, what woman wants a microwave or vacuum under the tree anyway?
If you want something, and Cyber Monday works better for you than Black Friday, go for it. Knowing when to expect the best deals for your dollar will help you form a shopping strategy for a shopping holiday that expands every year.