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 CNN Money, Cyber Monday 2015 online sales topped $3 billion for the first time ever, smashing the previous year’s record by 16%. It was the biggest digital shopping day ever – and, 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 2016 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 Cyber Monday promotions are available at least from 12am Pacific Standard Time on Monday, November 28, 2016, until 12am PST on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. However, individual sales or deals may not be available during that entire period due to high demand or limited item stock. 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.
Many Cyber Monday promotions actually begin on Sunday. Check Best Buy’s website for details.
Hot Deal: $450 in Best Buy gift cards when you trade in any working smartphone and buy a full-price Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint monthly installment plan
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: 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro 256 GB WiFi (unlocked), $649.99 (normally $999.99)
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 Deals 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 3, 2016.
Hot Deal: $50 off Amazon Tap with Alexa (normally $179.99)
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: Rosewill RM-7900 2.4GHz wireless mouse, $9.99 (normally $29.99)
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, 2016. Walmart also offers free same-day in-store pickup for most online orders and free shipping on purchases greater than $50.
Hot Deal: SCEPTRE X405BV-F 40-inch LED Class 1080P HDTV with ultra-slim metal brush bezel, 60Hz, $209.99 (normally $399.99)
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: Samsung UN32J4000 32-inch 720p LED TV (2015 model), $147.99 plus free shipping (normally $239.99 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: Save $100 to $300 on Select LG 4K UHD TVs with purchase of soundbar (regular TV prices vary widely; soundbar prices range from $249.99 to $649.99)
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: 65-inch Samsung UN65KS8000 4K UHD TV, $1,494.95 (normally up to $3,500)
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, 2017, to return items purchased prior to December 24, 2016, for a full refund or replacement.
Hot Deal: Refurbished Acer CB3-431-C5FM 14-inch Chromebook with Intel Celeron N3160 (1.60 GHz), 4 GB LPDDR3 memory, 32 GB Flash SSD, and Chrome OS, $204.99 (normally $349.99)
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 $749 to $979)
If you’re in the market for a Dell laptop or PC, Dell 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 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 Desktop (sixth generation Intel Core i5 Processor, Windows 10 Home, 8 GB memory, 1 TB hard drive), $399.99 (normally 649.99)
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: Surface Pro 4 Essentials Bundle (Surface Pro 4, type cover, surface sleeve, two-year warranty, one year of Office 365), $1,198 (normally up to $1,527.97)
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: 34-inch LG UltraWide 21:9 computer gaming monitor, $249.99 (normally $599.99)
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: Refurbished 2016 HP Pavilion 15.6-inch Flagship Premium Laptop (with full HD IPS 1920×1080, sixth generation Skylake Intel Core i7-6500U, 12 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, HDMI, 802.11 AC, Windows 10 Home), $599 (normally $1,199)
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 26, 2016 and last as late as Saturday, December 3, 2016. 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 2016 holiday season.
Hot Deal: 40% off purchases of 31-inch and 48-inch action figures (normal prices vary)
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: DJI Phantom 3 Professional RC Drone QuadCopter RTF with 4K Camera and Gimbal GPS, $749 (normally $999)
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. For 2016, it’s dramatically expanding the breadth of its Cyber Monday discounts into a week-long Cyber Week promotion.
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) deals that last until Saturday, December 3, 2016.
Hot Deal: Champion ATV Basket Combo, $99.99 (normally $149.99)
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: 16-inch Huffy Girls’ Disney Frozen bike, sleigh doll carrier, $69.99 (normally $99.99)
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 to earn six months of 0% financing on purchases greater than $299.
Hot Deal: Antique Gunstock Oak Hardwood Flooring (3/4-inch thick x five-inch wide x random length solid; 20 square feet per case), $59.80 per case (normally $85.80)
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). Look for Cyber Week deals that run for variable periods before and after Cyber Monday itself.
Hot Deal: Portfolio 9.02-inch H specialty textured bronze outdoor wall light, $34.98 (normally $39.98)
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, and a slew of other category-based discounts.
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: Up to 55% off home decor (normal prices vary)
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 2, 2016. Most purchases come with free shipping over $49 – check your item’s fine print to confirm.
Hot Deal: Shepherd’s Hook (outdoor lighting fixture), $12.99 each (normally $19.99 each)
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: Dewalt DW2166 45-piece screwdriving set with tough case, $9.99 (normally $41.80)
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: Select men’s topcoats and raincoats, $89.99 (normally $350 to $395)
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. If you can’t wait for Cyber Monday, shop before November 26th to receive $15 Kohl’s Cash (basically, a $15 discount) for every $50 spent.
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: 25% off select Nike apparel (normal prices vary)
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, use the promo code TGIF50 to get 50% off storewide through Black Friday (November 25, 2016). Orders of $50 or more earn free shipping.
Hot Deal: Authentic 1969 full-panel women’s skinny jeans, $59.99 (normally $84.95)
Old Navy‘s Cyber Monday sale sees prices slashed by 50% or more on select categories. (If you’re getting an early start on Cyber Monday shopping, everything in the store is 50% off through November 25, 2016.) 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: 40% off select women’s clothing items while supplies last (normal prices vary)
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 shop in-store or online on Sunday, November 27th, or on Monday, November 28th. 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: Men’s Ugly Holiday Christmas Tree Sweatshirt (navy), $24.95 (normally up to $35)
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 85% off jewelry, watches, and bags.
Hot Deal: Invicta 6983 Scuba Pro Diver gold-plated chronograph watch, $89.99 (normally $795)
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. Most Cyber Monday deals actually last from Sunday through Tuesday, lengthening your window for deep savings.
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: Kenmore 20.4-cubic-foot stainless steel top-freezer refrigerator, $599.88 (normally $949.99)
In 2016, Home Depot is offering 40% off storewide on all major appliances, plus instant savings of $450 when you buy two appliances at once. 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: Whirlpool stainless steel French door refrigerator, $1,298 (normally $2,199)
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: Samsung 25.5-cubic-foot French door refrigerator with single ice maker (stainless steel), $998 (normally $1,999)
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: Emerson 1.2-cubic-foot microwave with grill (black), $89 (normally $129)
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 discounts of up to 40% off face value, with less popular or widespread brands commanding deeper discounts. Each card’s full balance is guaranteed 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 – though, like its competitors, it offers milder discounts on the best-known and widest-spread brands. 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 is that 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. This is especially important for online retailers that rely on third-party sellers, such as eBay and Amazon.
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?