Black Friday gets all the hype, but Cyber Monday – the Monday following Thanksgiving - is really when retailers cash in. Last year consumers spent $887 million online (excluding travel) on Cyber Monday - $292 million more than on Black Friday, according to a survey by ComScore.
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Cyber Monday's history is brief. It was created five years ago by the National Retail Federation to mark the unofficial start to Internet shopping for the holidays. Workers get back to their computers after the holiday weekend and panic about holiday shopping, and retailers offer super-low prices and one-time deals to build momentum and boost sales.
This year the shopping extravaganza falls on November 29, and there is no shortage of deals. Some retailers are even starting before Monday … and boasting Cyber Weekend or Cyber Week-long deals. Here are a few of the best ones we've spotted.
• Amazon Shoes: Spend $75, Get 25 percent off; Spend $150, Get 30 percent off (some restrictions apply)
• Swiss Legend men's Commander Collection watch: $49.99 (list price: $595)
• Save 30 percent to 50 percent on select Fisher Price toys
• 2-Day Web Special: Panasonic - VIERA / 65" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV for $1,799.99, a savings of $1,400.
• Free shipping for orders over $25
• Get a $25 gift card if you order Band Hero, DJ Hero or Tony Hawk: Ride for Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii, or The Bourne Conspiracy for Xbox 360.
• Save $15 to $30 on select EA titles, like Dead Space: Extraction, MySims Agents, Spore Hero, Need for Speed: Nitro, EA Sports Active and EA Sports Active: More Workouts for Wii; or The Sims 3 and The Sims 3: World Adventures Expansion Pack for PC.
• Take 50% off 50 select download titles.
• Dyson DC14 All-Floors Vacuum $279.97 (Reg. $450)
• 24-Piece Room in a Bag $99.99 (Reg. $400 - $450)
• 14k White gold aquamarine (1-1/3 ct. t.w.) & diamond accent ring $199 (Reg. $600)
• Buy one, get one free for select women's sweaters
• Barnes & Noble Members: 25 percent off one item.
• Non-Members: Free shipping on all orders.
• Bestsellers: Buy one and get your second book for 50 percent off
• Children's books: 40 percent off popular children's picture books.
• Toys & games: Save $5 on any $10 toy purchase.
• Select DVD and Blu-Ray hits up to 80 percent off.
• For women: boots, $29.99; St. John's Bay cashmere-blend pea coat, $49.88; and 1/2 ct. t.w. diamond circle earrings, $79.99
• For men: slippers, $13.99; Stafford soft touch robe, $19.88; and athletic shoes from Nike, New Balance, ASICS, Reebok and Adidas, $38.99
• Cozy fleece for toddlers and kids, $4.88; and character sleepwear for $7.88
• The Original Arizona Jean Co. Young Men's fashion jeans, $17.88
• Seventeen Natasha twin comforter set, $79.88.
• 60 percent off lighting and wall decor and 50-60% off entire stock of furniture.
• 30 percent off entire stock of video games
• Old-fashioned popcorn cart, $99.88 after rebate.
• The retailer is offering Cyber Monday starting now
• Free shipping code: Santa
• $16.99 women's sweaters
• Offering a different smart phone for one penny every three hours.
• Buy one, get one 50 percent off on Imaginarium and Nerf toys
• Free Box of 120-count crayons (10.99 value) with $25 Crayola purchase
• Cyber Monday sales starts Sunday at 6am and runs through Monday. Staples provides free shipping on orders over $50.
• TOM TOM XXL 540S Portable GPS: $79.99 (Regular Price $199.99)
• Kingston 8GB DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 USB Flash Drive: $9.99 (Regular Price: $34.99)
• Western Digital Elements 2TB External Hard Drive: $69.99 (Regular Price $159.99)
• Cyber Monday sales are a part of Wal-Mart's Cyber Week event, beginning on Sunday and lasting through Dec. 3. Almost all items include free shipping to a home or to a store.
• Philips 8GB Vibe MP3 Video Player: $39.98
• Garmin Nuvi 295W 3.5" Portable GPS: $89
• Viore 24" Class LED-LCD HDTV: $199
• HP Mini 210 Netbook PC: $318
• Sony PlayStation 3 Entertainment Value Bundle: $388
• Element 42" Class LED-LCD HDTV: $499
• HP 17.3" DV7 Laptop PC: $578
• Hot Wheels Turbo Town Mega Garage Playset: $29
• VTech MobiGo Touch Learning Game Bundle: $49.97
• FujiFilm Digital Camera Bundle: $89
• Kodak Easyshare Digital Camera: $199
• Personalized Photo Christmas Stockings with a bonus stocking holder: $10