Traditionally, Black Friday was 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.
The Monday after Black Friday, Cyber Monday, 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 TechCrunch, Cyber Monday 2018 online sales approached $8 billion, smashing the previous year’s record. It was the biggest digital shopping day ever. And thanks to deep discounts from a slew of well-known merchants, sales are 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 is a pleasant alternative to in-store Black Friday shopping. But it’s not necessarily a walk in the park. There’s the sheer volume of deals, uncertainty over whether you’re getting the best price at your chosen retailer, technical issues due to increased website traffic, and potentially out-of-stock items. Planning ahead is crucial.
Use this Cyber Monday 2019 cheat sheet to home in on the Internet’s best deals. Unless otherwise noted, all Cyber Monday promotions are available at least from 12am PST on Monday, December 2 until 12am PST on Tuesday, December 3. However, individual sales or deals may not be available during that entire period due to high demand or limited item stock.
Also, it’s increasingly common for “Cyber Monday” deals to go live well before the big day – some as early as two weeks in advance. For practical purposes, retailers’ Black Friday deals are often indistinguishable from – or interchangeable with – their Cyber Monday deals. Check each merchant’s website for exact terms and conditions.
Cyber Monday Sales & Deals by Category
1. Small Electronics
Includes gaming systems, smartphones, tablets, cameras, wearables, and other gadgets
Shopping the Best Buy website on Cyber Monday is an attractive alternative to visiting a Best Buy store on Black Friday – although 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.
Sample Deal: Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation) with Google Assistant, Chalk, $49.99 plus free item worth up to $30 (savings vary)
Cyber Monday deals on eBay are announced every hour, on the hour. Each deal is good until the item runs out of stock or eBay chooses to discontinue it.
The fun starts Thanksgiving week with a limited lineup of early Cyber Monday deals on a wide variety of merchandise. The best electronics deals typically feature refurbished items, so if you don’t have to have the latest devices, you can rack up truly impressive savings here. Sign up for eBay’s Deal Alerts for real-time alerts on newly announced discounts up to 85%.
Build credit this holiday season with the eBay Mastercard, which earns $50 bonus cash back when you open your account by December 30, 2019 and spend at least $250 on eBay within 30 days of your account opening. Many eBay sellers offer free shipping, too; check item listings to confirm.
Sample Deal: Apple iPhone XR 64GB Factory Unlocked Smartphone 4G LTE iOS Smartphone, $449.99 (normally $749.99)
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 a series of one-day Deals of the Day, including in the small electronics category. Deals of the Day can slash prices upward of 70%, but once item stock runs out, these deals are over. Amazon is also offering Lightning Deals – 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, and Prime customers in Prime Now markets (most major cities and their suburbs) can get one-hour delivery on most purchases. Prime customers get early access to certain deals too; look for the “Prime Early Access Deal” caption under participating items.
Many Amazon Cyber Monday deals, though not all, run through the Saturday after Cyber Monday. Bear in mind that Amazon doesn’t publish an official Cyber Monday ad. It’s just common knowledge that the deals are better on Cyber Monday.
Sample Deal: Save up to 25% on Ecovacs Deebot and get a free Amazon Echo Dot (savings vary)
Newegg is an online-only retailer focusing 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.
Newegg’s on-site deals – 30% to 50% or more off the most recent electronics – are impressive enough. But Newegg-exclusive coupon codes are the real money-savers here. For even deeper savings, check out Offers.com’s list of Newegg coupon codes. It’s not uncommon to find deals for 50% or more off select Newegg items.
Bear in mind that because Newegg is an online-only retailer, it can be difficult to tell where its Black Friday deals end and its Cyber Monday deals begin. The entire fortnight surrounding Thanksgiving is a smorgasbord of savings here.
Sample Deal: NETGEAR CM1000 Ultra-High–Speed Cable Modem, $149.99 (normally $189.99)
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. Its Cyber Monday TV discounts exceed 30% in many cases.
Enjoy free next-day shipping on orders of $35 or more. And boost your savings with the Walmart Credit Card, one of the best store credit cards on the market. If you’d prefer a different rewards credit card, check out our roundup of the best cash back credit cards for more, or look into one of our favorite travel rewards credit cards to start saving for your post-holiday getaway.
Sample Deal: VIZIO 50″ Class 4K Ultra HD (2160p) HDR Smart LED TV (D50x-G9) (also available on Black Friday), $248 (normally $428)
Amazon has a full selection of TVs, including high-end UHD models. But its wheelhouse is in the smaller, more affordable categories, such as Roku’s “kitchen-size” Smart TVs, which come with a streaming entertainment system built in.
Amazon’s electronics deals rarely last long, so check back often.
Sample Deal: TCL 55S425 55″ 4K Smart LED Roku TV (2019), $319.99 (normally $599.99)
Best Buy is a great place to find the latest TVs at competitive prices. Its free shipping policy comes in 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.
Sample Deal: Samsung 75″ Class LED Q70 Series (2160p) Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR, $1,999.99 (normally $2,699.99)
eBay is a great place to find deals on TV at any time of year, particularly on gently used and refurbished models. Cyber Monday takes the savings and number of deals to a whole new 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% off new retail value.
Sample Deal: Samsung QN82Q60RAFXZA Flat 82” QLED 4K HDR HD Amazon Alexa Google 2019 QN82Q60R, $1,799 (normally $4,995)
3. Laptops & PCs
Includes laptops, notebooks, and 2-in-1 devices
Laptops and PCs are Newegg’s wheelhouse. Deals of 30% or more off new, late-model items aren’t uncommon here.
Sample Deal: MSI 15.6″ Intel Core i7 9th Gen NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti, 512GB SSD Gaming Laptop, $799 (normally $1,149)
Best Buy’s Cyber Monday deals apply to its entire stock of new and refurbished laptops and PCs, occasionally at discounts as high as 50%.
Although you can’t talk to a live sales associate online, Best Buy’s detailed product descriptions and reviews make it easy to 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.
Sample Deal: HP ENVY x360 2-in-1 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop, Intel Core i7, 12GB Memory, 512GB SSD + 32GB Optane, $749.99 (normally $999.99)
If you’re in the market for a Dell laptop or PC, shopping directly on Dell is probably your best bet on Cyber Monday. With no middleman to encroach on its margins, Dell is offering discounts upward of 30% on select laptop and PC models, including Inspiron. Dell Rewards customers get exclusive doorbuster deals every day. It’s free to join and costs nothing to keep your membership going.
Even if you’re not interested in Dell Rewards, take a minute to sign up for Dell’s real-time Cyber Monday email alerts, which start pouring in several days before the big event. And keep in mind that Dell’s Thanksgiving week deals tend to begin well before turkey day, so you’re apt to save from the weekend before Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.
Select Dell products qualify for Dell’s price-match guarantee. So if you find a lower marked price elsewhere, check with Dell before you buy.
Dell is also offering six-month special financing (0% interest) on purchases of $299 or more and 12-month 0% interest financing on purchases of $699 or more. To qualify for special financing, you need to open a Dell Preferred Account, which requires a credit application.
Sample Deal: Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 Laptop, $279.99 (normally $399.99)
EBay’s laptop and PC stock is impressive at any time of year, and Cyber Monday brings out the big deals. Discounts of 50% to 60% on name-brand 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 before completing your order.
Sample Deal: Dell XPS 13 9380 Laptop, 13.3″ Touch Screen, Intel i5-8265U, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, $849.99 (normally $1,368)
4. Toys & Sports
Includes traditional toys, playsets, age-appropriate digital products, and drones
EBay’s Cyber Monday deals cover toys for all ages, from stuffed animals and playsets 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 often on 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 haul at a fraction of the list price. Lots of eBay toys come with free shipping too.
Sample Deal: Renewed Sphero Ollie App-Enabled Droid, $29.99 (normally $99.99)
Cabela’s is an outdoor sports outfitter with a network of large-format stores in the U.S. 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. Starting in 2016, Cabela’s dramatically expanded the breadth of its Cyber Monday discounts into a week-long Cyber Week promotion.
Earn free two-day shipping on online orders worth $50 or more throughout the holiday season. Check the Bargain Cave for Cyber Monday deals up to 70% off select items, which last through the Saturday after Cyber Monday.
Sample Deal: Up to 75% off select items storewide
Walmart has a vast selection of toys and games for all ages, including quadcopter drones and other pricey gadgets for adults. Many are discounted upward of 40% off the list price.
And don’t forget its offers of free in-store pickup and free shipping for online orders over $50.
Sample Deal: Fluxx FX3 LED Hoverboard – UL2272 HoverBoard Electric Scooter with Self-Balancing Mode (also available on Black Friday), $89 (normally $199)
5. Home Improvement & Furnishings
Includes raw materials, fixtures, tools, gardening supplies, and decorations
The Home Depot
If you’re buying gifts for handy family members or need to tackle a home improvement project of your own, The Home Depot should be high on your Cyber Monday shopping list. Check out one-day-only Special Buy of the Day deals for savings up to 50%.
Apply for a Home Depot Consumer Credit Card to get up to 24 months of special financing on select purchases and one-year hassle-free returns.
Two-day shipping is free on all online orders, and it’s always free to pick up orders in-store.
Sample Deal: Up to two select power tools free with the purchase of qualifying kits (up to a $268 value)
When it comes to Cyber Monday home improvement deals, Lowe’s is every bit as impressive as The Home Depot. Take advantage of free in-store pickup for virtually any online order, and earn free shipping on online orders of $45 or more, excluding certain bulky items.
MyLowe’s members get free shipping on everything, plus a slew of other benefits. Look for Cyber Week deals that run for variable periods before and after Cyber Monday itself.
Sample Deal: Werner 6″ aluminum ladder, $69.96 (normal pricing varies)
Although it’s probably not your first thought for home improvement products and decorative items, Amazon has an extensive 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 by focusing on refurbished items, which are often like-new and typically sell for less than their brand-new counterparts.
Sample Deal: Sunex 9950 SAE Double Box Wrench Set, 5-Piece, $22.09 (normally $35.92)
EBay isn’t at the top of every home improvement shopper’s list, but the auction giant has made real strides on this front in recent years. If you’re not keen on browsing the aisles at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s this holiday season, eBay is worth a visit.
Sample Deal: Milwaukee 9070-80 7.0-Amp Motor, 1/2″ 120V Impact Wrench (Reconditioned), $103.49 (normally $169.50)
6. Clothing & Apparel
Includes clothing, jewelry, and accessories
Macy’s has clothing deals galore, and many of its deals extend far beyond Cyber Monday through the entire holiday season. Cyber Monday and Cyber Week (through the Thursday after Cyber Monday) markdowns regularly exceed 50% here, and shipping is free on orders over $25.
Opt for in-store pickup and get another 15% to 20% off in-store purchases. And don’t forget to download the Macy’s shopping app – you’ll get 25% off your first purchase.
Sample Deal: Get up to 70% off select clearance items (savings vary)
Kohl’s is a popular retailer that focuses on clothing, home goods, and general merchandise. Its Cyber Monday discounts exceed 50% on many name-brand clothing items, with bargain brands selling for even more. The multi-day fun, known as Cyber Days, starts on Saturday and runs through the week.
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 the week before to receive $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend.
Shipping is free on purchases of $50 or more. You’ll 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.
Sample Deal: Up to 60% off men’s and women’s apparel (savings vary)
Gap is slashing prices on select clothing and jewelry items by 50% to 70% in the run-up to Thanksgiving. If you’re getting an early start on Cyber Monday shopping, look for promo codes that can magnify advertised discounts. Or use your GapCard to earn even deeper discounts on first-time and recurring purchases.
Sample Deal: High-Rise Denim Pencil Skirt, $78.99 (normally $99.99)
For its Cyber Monday sale, Old Navy offers prices slashed by 50% or more on select categories. Shipping is free on orders over $50. For a limited time, earn an extra 20% off when you sign up for an Old Navy store credit card and make your first purchase.
Sample Deal: 50% off any order (savings vary)
Includes laundry equipment, refrigerators and freezers, cooking equipment, dishwashing equipment, and home mechanicals
The Home Depot
The Home Depot is offering 40% off select major appliances, plus instant savings up to $500 when you buy multiple appliances at once. Appliance purchases of less than $396 may carry a delivery fee, plus an additional haul-away charge if you’re exchanging an old appliance. These charges may vary by location, so check ahead with your local store.
Regardless of 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. Setup for dishwashers, ranges, and certain other appliances is extra.
Buy multiple appliances for bulk discounts – up to $600 on purchases of six appliances or more.
Sample Deal: Whirlpool 4-piece stainless steel appliance package, $2,198 (normally $3,796)
Lowe’s offers free delivery on orders over $396 made less than 75 miles from the fulfillment location (typically, a Lowe’s store). Lowe’s delivery teams claim they’re happy to relocate old appliances within the house for free, though haul-away is $20 per disconnected appliance. You have to pay extra to hook up or install new appliances, however.
Select items qualify for rebates up to $500. See listings and flyers for details.
Sample Deal: Maytag White 15.5″ x 27″ Universal Laundry Pedestal, $188 (normally $289)
Walmart is a great place to pick up discounted appliances in person. But on Cyber Monday, the deals are even better online. Be sure to opt for free in-store pickup if you have a vehicle large enough to carry your appliance, as select Walmart appliances qualify for pickup discounts.
Sample Deal: SentrySafe SFW123ES 1.23-cubic-ft. Fire-Resistant Safe and Waterproof Safe with Digital Keypad (also available on Black Friday), $109.99 (normally $215.82)
8. Gift Cards
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 gift cards from hundreds or thousands of merchants at discounts to face value.
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% off face value are standard, though it’s possible to find discounts of 20% or more on less popular brands.
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. Cards are available in plastic and digital forms, but plastic cards include a nominal shipping fee.
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% off face value. Like its competitors, though, it offers smaller discounts on the best-known and widest-spread brands.
Cards are available in plastic and digital form. Plastic cards typically come with a nominal shipping fee, but Gift Card Granny frequently waives shipping fees during the holidays.
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 available discount.
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 (with free shipping) and electronic form.
One of the big perks of GiftCards.com is that merchant loyalty program members earn loyalty points or cash back rewards 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 because Amazon gift cards are nearly as versatile as cash since the site sells pretty much everything. You can load them with any amount between $0.50 and $2,000, so they’re perfect for all budgets and recipients.
Unlike for Black Friday, you don’t have to set up a tent next to your computer to ensure you’re the first one through the virtual doors this Cyber Monday. But you’re apt to find the best deals and deepest discounts if you hit your favorite retailers’ websites as soon as their sales begin. It’s 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 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. 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?