Black Friday is traditionally the best day of the holiday shopping season to find great in-store deals on the year’s hottest consumer products. Retailers and customers have celebrated Black Friday for decades, and the rise of the Internet has brought much Black Friday shopping online.
Cyber Monday (which falls on the Monday after Black Friday) like Small Business Saturday is a newer tradition. It’s exclusively tailored to online shoppers, and has quickly become the biggest online shopping day of the holiday season.
According to IBM, Cyber Monday 2014 online sales were 30.5% higher than Black Friday online sales. Cyber Monday’s already impressive popularity is growing too, with IBM reporting that Cyber Monday sales increased 8.5% from 2013 to 2014. Thanks to deep discounts from a slew of well-known merchants, they’re projected to increase again this year.
If you don’t like dealing with crowds, waiting in line to complete your purchase, or working around stores’ open hours, Cyber Monday shopping is a pleasant alternative to in-store Black Friday shopping. But it’s not necessarily a walk in the park. The sheer volume of deals, the lack of certainty that you’re getting the best price at your chosen retailer, technical issues due to increased website traffic, and potentially out of stock items, can all negatively impact your Cyber Monday experience.
Use this Cyber Monday 2015 cheat sheet to home in on the Internet’s best deals and grab this year’s holiday shopping season by the horns. Unless otherwise noted, all deals are available at least from 12am Pacific Standard Time on Monday, November 30, 2015, until 12am PST on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, or until item stock runs out. And many deals are active before Monday, some as early as a week in advance. Check with each merchant’s website for exact terms and conditions.
Cyber Monday Sales & Deals by Category
Shopping Best Buy‘s website on Cyber Monday is an attractive alternative to visiting a Best Buy store on Black Friday – though Best Buy is one of a growing number of retailers that offers Cyber Monday deals in-store and online. The season’s hottest gadgets are available at discounts of 50% or more, and refurbished equipment is often even cheaper. Check Best Buy’s Deals of the Day page for featured sales.
Best Buy is offering free shipping on all online purchases, all holiday season long, regardless of location or order size. Free same-day in-store pickup is also available in most locations.
Hot Deal: $50 off select Garmin Activity Trackers (normally $79.99 to $249.99)
eBay’s Cyber Monday features sets of deals announced every hour, on the hour, good until the item runs out of stock or eBay chooses to discontinue them. Sign up for eBay’s Deal Alerts for real-time alerts on newly announced discounts up to 80%. Many eBay sellers offer free shipping – check item listings to confirm.
Hot Deal: GoPro HERO4 Action Camera, $299 (normally $399)
Amazon is the largest and best-known online-only general merchandise retailer in the United States. You can buy almost anything new or gently used on Amazon, including this year’s hottest electronics (and last year’s favorites). Amazon’s house-brand (Kindle) tablets and e-readers are comparable to competing brands, such as iPad and Samsung, but often significantly cheaper.
On Cyber Monday, Amazon is offering 10 one-day Deals of the Day, including in the small electronics category. Deals of the Day can slash prices upwards of 70% – but once item stock runs out, these deals are over. It’s also offering Lightning Deals, or flash sales covering specific items, at various points throughout the day. Check Amazon’s Gold Box for up-to-date info on both.
Amazon Prime members get free two-day shipping on all purchases, while Prime customers in Prime Now markets (most major cities and their suburbs) can get one-hour delivery on most purchases. Many, though not all, Cyber Monday deals run through Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Hot Deal: Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP digital camera with 3.0-inch LCD, $179 (normally $399.95)
Newegg is an online-only retailer that focuses almost exclusively on new and refurbished electronics. If you’re looking for eye-popping deals on smartphones, tablets, wearables, gadgets, and other small electronics, Newegg’s selection is hard to beat. While Newegg’s onsite deals are impressive enough (30% to 50% or more on the most recent electronics), Newegg-exclusive coupon codes are the real money-savers here. Check out Offers.com’s list of coupon codes. For instance, one of the top deals offers 75% off your entire Newegg electronics order.
Hot Deal: Samsung Galaxy seven-inch Tab 3, $79.99 (normally $179.99)
Includes HDTVs, ultra HDTVs, smart TVs, LED TVs, and related accessories
Walmart has the country’s most expansive network of physical general merchandise stores, and it’s increasingly a digital force to be reckoned with as well. Cyber Monday TV discounts exceed 30% in many cases. Save an extra $35 when you open a Walmart Credit Card (MasterCard) and spend at least $75 on your first purchase, now through December 31, 2015. Walmart also offers free same-day in-store pickup for most online orders and free shipping on purchases greater than $50.
Hot Deal: Samsung UN50J5200AFXZA 50-inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV, $497.99 (normally $699)
Amazon has a full selection of TVs, including super high-end UHD models. But its wheelhouse is in the smaller, more affordable categories, such as Roku’s “kitchen-sized” Smart TVs, which come with a streaming entertainment system built in.
Hot Deal: TCL 28S3750 28-inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV (2015 model), $169.99 plus free shipping (normally $229.99 with standard shipping)
Best Buy is a great place to find the latest televisions at competitive prices. The free shipping policy comes in super-handy here, since larger TVs normally cost a boatload to ship. If you don’t trust a delivery team with your new TV, opt for same-day in-store pickup.
Hot Deal: Samsung 24-inch LED 720p HDTV, $129.99 (normally $169.99)
eBay is a great place to find television deals at any time of year, particularly on gently used and refurbished models. Cyber Monday takes the savings – and sheer number of deals – to a whole other level. If your heart isn’t set on the latest, largest television models, you’ll find a plethora of smaller, slightly older televisions (many still functionally new) at discounts of up to 50% of new retail value.
Hot Deal: Vizio 24-inch 1080p LED Smart TV, $169
Laptops & PCs
Includes laptops, notebooks, and 2-in-1 devices
Laptops & PCs are Newegg’s wheelhouse. Deals of 30% or more on new, late-model items aren’t uncommon here. Also, Newegg is offering extended return windows for all items purchased during the holiday shopping season, including Cyber Monday. You have until January 31, 2016, to return items purchased prior to December 24, 2015, for a full refund or replacement.
Hot Deal: ASUS Desktop PC with 4GB DDR3 (RAM) and 1TB hard drive, $299.99 (normally $479.99)
Best Buy’s Cyber Monday deals apply to the retailer’s entire stock of new and refurbished laptops and PCs, occasionally at discounts as high as 40%. Although you can’t talk to a live sales associate online, Best Buy’s detailed product descriptions and reviews make it easy to do research on the fly. And the expert Geek Squad tech support team is available to assist you down the road, should anything go wrong with your Cyber Monday purchase.
Hot Deal: $100 off select Dell 2-in-1 laptops (normally $649 to $979)
If you’re in the market for a Dell laptop or PC, Dell.com is probably your best bet on Cyber Monday. With no middleman to encroach on its margins, Dell is offering discounts upwards of 50% on select laptop and PC models, including Inspiron.
Dell is also offering six-month special financing (0% interest) on holiday-season purchases (through December 30, 2015) of $499 or more. To qualify for special financing, you need to open a Dell Preferred Account, which requires a credit application.
Hot Deal: Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series Touch with 4GB memory and 500GB storage, $329 (normally $600)
Although it definitely pushes its in-house brands, The Microsoft Store doesn’t exclusively sell Microsoft products. On Cyber Monday, Microsoft offers discounts up to 45% on laptops and PCs from Toshiba, ASUS, Acer, and other well-known brands.
Watch for package deals that stretch your dollars even further, such as 10 free game downloads (normally up to $20 apiece) with the purchases of laptops valued at $399 or more. All online orders come with free standard shipping for the duration of the holiday shopping season.
Hot Deal: Acer Aspire V3-574T-534M Signature Edition laptop with 6GB memory and 500GB storage, $399 (normally $699)
eBay’s laptop and PC stock is impressive at any time of year, and Cyber Monday brings out the big-gun deals. Discounts of 50% to 60% on brand-name devices abound here. However, remember that not all eBay sellers offer free or discounted shipping on large orders. To avoid unpleasant surprises, confirm the shipping charge (if any) on bulky PC purchases prior to completing your order.
Hot Deal: Lenovo ThinkPad 11.6-inch notebook computer, $209.99 (normally $499)
It’s no surprise that Amazon is a top destination for Cyber Monday laptop and PC deals. Amazon’s Deals of the Day, Lightning Deals, and Gold Box notifications all apply to its laptop and PC stock as well. If you plan to be out and about this Cyber Monday, install Amazon’s mobile app, visit your favorite big-box electronics stores, compare in-store deals with Amazon’s, and take advantage of any that prove too enticing to ignore.
Hot Deal: Toshiba C55 Intel Core i5 laptop, $424.99 (normally $599)
Toys & Sports
Toys “R” Us
Toys “R” Us is slashing prices by upwards of 50% on select items this Cyber Monday. Some deals start as early as Saturday, November 28, 2015 and last as late as Saturday, December 5, 2015. Toys “R” Us is offering free standard shipping on online purchases of $19 or more, and free economy shipping on all baby gear purchases, regardless of size. If you’re not sure what to get, check the Toys “R” Us Hot Toy List, updated for the 2015 holiday season.
Hot Deal: Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Gold Mine Mountain set, $80 (normally $160), available starting Sunday, November 29, 2015
eBay’s Cyber Monday deals cover toys for all ages, from stuffed animals and play sets, to golf clubs and sporting goods. Although it’s possible to find steep discounts (30% to 60%, in many cases) on new items, the best deals are arguably found amid eBay’s gently used stock. If you’re willing to do some research to evaluate product quality and condition, you could walk away with a big gift haul at a fraction of list price.
Hot Deal: Callaway EDGE Hybrid Combo Irons, $299.99 (normally $700)
Cabela’s is an outdoor sports outfitter with a network of large-format stores in the United States and Canada. Its website is a great place to find Cyber Monday deals on toys for all ages, from hunting and fishing equipment to age-appropriate toys for toddlers and small children.
Earn free shipping on all online orders through the holiday season with the promo code 5WINTER. Check the Bargain Cave for Cyber Monday (up to 70% off select items, and 60% off select toys and games) that last until Saturday, December 5.
Hot Deal: Cabela’s Brand Camo Ride-On ATV, $38.49 (normally $54.99)
The Sports Authority
The Sports Authority is a major sporting goods retailer with physical stores across the U.S. But on Cyber Monday, its website is the place to be. It’s offering discounts of 30% to 60% on toys and games purchased online. Take an additional 25% off on Cyber Monday with the CYBER25 coupon code (only good until 6pm EST), or 20% off with the CYBER20 coupon code (good until 11:59pm EST).
Hot Deal: Lifetime 90631 Makrolon polycarbonate 54-inch portable basketball system (basketball hoop), $199 (normally $499)
Walmart has a huge selection of toys and games for all ages, some discounted upwards of 40% from list price. Remember its offers of free in-store pickup and free shipping for online orders over $50.
Hot Deal: Air Hogs Helix video drone, $75 (normally $119)
Home Improvement & Furnishings
Includes raw materials, fixtures, tools, gardening supplies, and decorations
If you’re buying gifts for handy family members or need to tackle a home improvement project of your own, Home Depot’s website needs to be high on your shopping list. Apply for a Home Depot Consumer Credit Card before December 2, 2015, to earn 12-month 0% financing on purchases greater than $299 and 18-month 0% financing on purchases greater than $999.
Hot Deal: M12 FUEL 12-volt lithium-ion half-inch hammer drill/driver and impact combo kit, $179.99 (normally $269.99)
When it comes to Cyber Monday home improvement deals, Lowe’s is every bit as impressive as Home Depot. Take advantage of free in-store pickup for virtually any online order, and earn free shipping on online orders of $19 or more (excluding bulky items).
Hot Deal: Werner 16-foot fiberglass 225-pound type II extension ladder, $172 ($220 at other retailers)
Overstock.com is an online-only store that focuses on home goods, furniture, and decorations, among many other item categories. It’s offering up to 60% off furniture on Cyber Monday, as well as an additional 10% off site-wide for shoppers who sign up for its email alerts list.
Overstock is also extending its Black Friday “Doorbusters” sale for up to 70% off in select product categories, though it’s unclear if it will last through the end of Cyber Monday. All online orders over $50 earn free shipping.
Hot Deal: Furniture of America “The Crate” square coffee table with open shelf storage, $146.69 to $152.54 (normally $275.99)
Wayfair offers a full range of furniture, home goods, decorations, and other items for your home and garden. Its Cyber Week sale merges Black Friday and Cyber Monday for a continuous slew of discounts (up to 80% on select items) through December 4, 2015. Most purchases come with free shipping over $49 – check your item’s fine print to confirm.
Hot Deal: Lorraine vanity and stool set by Wildon Home, $131.99 (normally $451.92)
Although it’s probably not your first thought for home improvement products and decorative items, Amazon has an expansive stock. Don’t forget to check its Lightning Deals and Deals of the Day for exceptionally deep discounts (north of 70% in some cases) on name-brand and off-brand products. Stretch your dollars further and focus on refurbished (often like-new) items, which typically sell for less than their brand-new counterparts.
Hot Deal: Makita XT211M 18V LXT lithium-ion two-piece cordless combo kit with two batteries, $199 (normally $714.99)
Clothing & Apparel
Includes clothing, jewelry, and accessories
Macy’s has clothing deals galore. Like Overstock.com, it’s extending its Black Friday “Web Busters” sale for an indefinite duration. Cyber Monday (and extended Black Friday) clothing markdowns regularly exceed 50% here, and shipping is free on orders north of $50. Use the promo code THANKS to get an additional 10% off site-wide (20% on select departments, excluding Web Busters deals).
Hot Deal: JBU Women’s Nepal sneakers, $36 (normally $60)
Kohl’s is a popular retailer that focuses on clothing, home goods, and general merchandise. Check for periodic free shipping offers (typically on orders greater than $50) throughout the holiday season. Cyber Monday discounts exceed 50% on many name-brand clothing items, with bargain brands selling for even more.
Most buys come with free in-store pickup, but check before you purchase to make sure. Also, you get 15% off your first order when you sign up for Kohl’s email sale alerts – you can always adjust your email settings to make these prompts less obtrusive.
Hot Deal: Select women’s and kids’ ankle boots, $24.99 (normally $69.99 to $99.99)
Gap is slashing prices on select clothing and jewelry items by upwards of 50% in many cases. If you’re getting an early start on Cyber Monday shopping, the promo code EXTEND earns you an additional 50% off site-wide through Cyber Weekend (ending Sunday, November 29, 2015). Orders of $50 or more earn free shipping.
Hot Deal: Waffle-stitch Henley sweater, $29.99 (normally $39.95)
Old Navy’s Cyber Monday sale sees prices slashed by 50% or more on select categories. Shipping is free on orders over $50. Earn an extra 15% off when you sign up for the Old Navy Visa Card and make your first purchase in any amount.
Hot Deal: 50% off all outerwear until supplies run out
In addition to much deeper discounts on a wide range of merchandise, Target is offering a 15% site-wide Cyber Monday discount to patrons who use the discount code CYBER15. The discount comes off your pretax order balance at checkout. Also, Target REDcard customers get an additional 5% off their orders. Customers in the continental United States get free standard shipping on all orders, regardless of order size. REDcard customers get free shipping anywhere, regardless of location or order size.
Hot Deal: Penelope Leilani flower dress, $29.40 (normally $49)
For an online marketplace more commonly associated with electronics and collectors’ items, eBay has a surprisingly large stock of new clothing and accessories. The latter category boasts some of the best Cyber Monday deals around, with upwards of 80% off on jewelry and bags.
Hot Deal: 0.15 carat diamond miracle stud earrings in sterling silver, $19.99 (normally $99.99)
Includes laundry equipment, refrigerators and freezers, cooking equipment, dishwashing equipment, home mechanicals, and similar items
Through its in-house Kenmore brand, Sears offers great online deals on a wide range of home appliances – you can plan on site-wide discounts of 30% to 40% on most appliances, and even higher on select models.
All appliance purchases greater than $399 come with free delivery. Delivery charges for cheaper items vary based on fulfillment location (usually a store or distribution center), destination, and appliance size/weight. Haul away services (for old appliances) typically cost $15 per item. Installation comes with an additional charge that varies based on the type of appliance and amount of work required.
Hot Deal: 40% off select Kenmore appliances, such as a 5.0-cubic-foot stainless steel freestanding gas range with variable self-clean, $599 (normally $999) – plus an extra $50 off when you spend $499 or more
Appliance purchases of less than $396 carry a $59 delivery fee, regardless of fulfillment location. Orders over $396 come with free delivery and haul away. The delivery team hooks up washers, dryers, refrigerators, and plug-in appliances at no additional charge. Dishwashers, ranges, and certain other appliances are extra.
Hot Deal: Brinkmann dual sear five-burner stainless steel gas grill, $239 (normally $269)
For orders over $399, Lowe’s offers free delivery and haul away on orders made less than 75 miles from the fulfillment location (typically a Lowe’s store). Also, Lowe’s delivery teams claim they are happy to relocate old appliances within the house for free. You have to pay extra to hook up or install new appliances, however.
Hot Deal: Boston Loft Furnishings 44.75-inch-wide 4,700-BTU ivory wood fan-forced electric fireplace with thermostat and remote control, $399 ($576 at other retailers)
Walmart is a great place to pick up discounted appliances in person. But on Cyber Monday, the deals are even better online. Stretch your dollars further with free 4-6 day shipping on orders of $50 or more, or opt for free in-store pickup if you have a vehicle large enough to carry your appliance. Alternatively, try Walmart’s ShippingPass service, which offers unlimited 3-day shipping on all online purchases for $50 per year.
Hot Deal: George Foreman 360 Grill with two removable grill plates, bake pan and cookbook, $29.97 (normally $109.99)
Though you may not find Cyber Monday deals on gift cards, they’re a great way to round out your online gift shopping spree for friends and loved ones who are hard to buy for.
Dozens of websites allow you to buy, sell, and redeem gift cards from hundreds or thousands of merchants at discounts to face value, meaning you don’t have to contact each merchant directly to procure the cards. And, if you’re on the receiving end of any gift cards this holiday season, remember that you can use some of these websites to dispose of unwanted gift cards – and earn some extra cash for your troubles.
Raise is a gift card broker that connects unwanted gift card holders with people looking for discounted gift cards. Digital and physical gift cards (typically carrying nominal shipping fees) are available here, with hundreds of brands represented – from Walmart and Target, to Sephora and Dell. For buyers, discounts of 1% to 10% of face value are common, though it’s possible to find discounts of 20% or more on less popular brands. Sellers can earn up to 85% of their cards’ face value.
CardCash became “the largest gift card exchange in the world” (its words) after acquiring Plastic Jungle, an early pioneer in the online gift card niche. Hundreds of merchants are represented here, including recognizable, national brands like Ace Hardware and Sears.
CardCash sells gift cards at up to 35% less than face value, and guarantees the full balance of every gift card it sells for 45 days after the sale. CardCash pays up to 92% of face value for traded-in gift cards, though less popular merchants’ cards command significantly less. Cards are available in plastic (the cost of which includes a nominal shipping fee) and digital forms.
Gift Card Granny
Gift Card Granny is like an online gift card discount warehouse. The site features cards from hundreds of recognizable merchants, including Subway and T.J.Maxx, and sells cards at discounts up to 40% of face value. Cards are available in plastic and digital form. Plastic cards normally come with a nominal shipping fee, but Gift Card Granny frequently waives shipping during the holidays. Gift Card Granny pays up to 93% of face value for unused, unwanted gift cards.
One of the nicest perks of Gift Card Granny is its Gift Trends feature, which shows the total number of gift cards available for purchase on the site at any given time, as well as the average discount available.
Giftcards.com sells Visa and MasterCard gift cards, as well as new gift cards issued by national retailers like CVS and JCPenney, at full face value. Cards are available in plastic (shipping is free) and electronic form. One of the big perks of Giftcards.com: Merchant loyalty program members earn loyalty points or cash back rewards (depending on the program) when they purchase gift cards from applicable merchants.
Amazon doesn’t specialize in third-party gift cards like the other sites mentioned here, but it’s worth including simply because, as Amazon sells pretty much everything, its digital gift cards are nearly as versatile as cash. They can be loaded with any amount between $0.50 and $2,000, so they’re perfect for basically all budgets and recipients.
While you don’t have to set up a tent next to your computer to ensure that you’re the first one through the virtual gate this Cyber Monday, you’re apt to find the best deals and deepest discounts if you hit your favorite retailers’ websites as soon as their sales begin. To stretch your dollars even further, combine your early-bird approach with these handy Cyber Monday shopping tips – and throw in some holdovers from your Black Friday shopping strategy for good measure. And, remember that some brick-and-mortar retailers offer special in-store Cyber Monday pricing as well.
With careful planning and faithful execution, your Cyber Monday is bound to be successful. But don’t worry if you’re not able to find everything you set out to buy at the deeply discounted prices you expect. There’s no shame in suspending your holiday gift-buying drive at the conclusion of a long Cyber Monday. After all, for most merchants, Cyber Monday isn’t the last blowout sales day of the holiday season. If you’re content to wait until the middle of December, you’ll likely find a host of last-minute deals to round out this year’s shopping campaign.
What’s your favorite website for Cyber Monday shopping?