5 Cyber Monday Websites for Finding Great Deals
It's just in time, too, as 106 million Americans are expected to rack up their credit cards shopping online Monday, according to a recent survey by the NRF. Interestingly, the NRF believes 7 million shoppers will be buying from their mobile phones this year--compared to 4 million who shopped from their mobile devices in 2009.
To help you spend those holiday dollars, the NRF says 88 percent of online retailers plan to offer Cyber Monday discounts and free shipping this year.
But with so many sites offering deals, how do you know where to start? The first thing you can do is check out the list below for the top five online resources for Cyber Monday deals. I've compiled a list of deal aggregators, coupon sites, and even a few major retailers you should keep your eye on throughout the day.
Also, be sure to check back early Monday for my list of the 20 hottest Cyber Monday Deals for 2010.
In the meantime, here's a look at some of the best references to kick off your online shopping extravaganza.
Powered by Shop.org, the digital division of the NRF, CyberMonday.com is a top source for Cyber Monday deals from more than 700 retailers. The site's home page features links to Cyber Monday pages for major online stores such as Dell, Staples.com, and Apple.com. There's also a collection of coupon code deals from shops such as the Nike Store and Williams Sonoma. You can also find some of the top individual product deals such as a 46-inch 3D HDTV and a PS3 console for $1699 at the Sony Store.
This site exists for deals, and you'll find plenty on Deal News' Cyber Monday page. Deal News contains links to major retailers just like CyberMonday.com, but the site's best feature is the blue navigation bar near the top of the page. Here you'll find coupon codes for computer and electronics retailers such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Sony. Also offered are links to pages of deals on laptops, HDTVs and mobile phones.
This site is all about coupon codes, coupon codes, and more coupon codes.
At the time of this writing, Savings.com had 27 coupons codes from Dell, seven from RadioShack, and 38 from the Hewlett-Packard store. You can find many coupon codes that will give you 10 to 30 percent off your entire order.
The site is also teasing a collection of exclusive coupons and deals from the Microsoft Store, Dell, Amazon and others if you sign up for Savings.com's Cyber Monday e-mail newsletter.
Check this site throughout the day for Cyber Monday coupons, and read my colleague Ginny Mies' guide to using online coupons before you hit the checkout button.
Landing on Gotta Deal's home page will show you the current top deals on everything from HDTVs to vacuum cleaners and laptop computers. Gotta Deal also has a forums section where like-minded deal hunters post the best deals they've found on and offline. You can also check out Gotta Deal on Facebook and Twitter.
If you've got a specific retailer in mind, don't forget that most online stores have their own dedicated Cyber Monday pages.
Amazon will be posting limited time lightning deals such as up to 72 percent off DVD movie titles or 27 percent off HDTVs. Amazon also has a waitlist for hot lightning deal items, where all the deals have been claimed but not all customers have checked out. If someone drops your favorite deal from their cart the discounted item could end up being yours.
You should also check out Ebay's Deals page for hot items being offered by sellers at steep discounts. Ebay will be posting Cyber Monday deal blasts all day starting at 8 a.m. Pacific on Monday. Also, keep your eye on BFads.net, a Black Friday deals site that also catalogs Cyber Monday deals.
Finally, remember that while Cyber Monday is a great day to shop for deals, it can also be the most perilous for online identity theft. To stay safe online, check out Tony Bradley's warnings about Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) security pitfalls. Also, make sure you read last year's 5 tips to shop more securely online.
Don't forget to check back soon for the 20 Hottest Cyber Monday Deals or just follow me on Twitter (@ianpaul) to be among the first to know when the deals collection goes live. Also follow Today@PCWorld on Twitter for the latest tech news and analysis.