The Geek’s way to shop.
It’s Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and hoards of Americans (including my mother and wife) are out performing strategic assaults on retail establishments across the country. Black Friday is named for the day where retailers usually start making a profit for the year, or make it “into the black”.
But you won’t catch me out shopping today. I’m not a huge shopper to begin with, and the thought of fighting the mobs for a bargain just doesn’t appeal to me. Luckily, there’s other easy ways to find deals. Like many geeks (and others), I’d rather do as much of my holiday shopping as possible online and Cyber Monday is the best day to get started.
A few years ago, online retailers began to notice huge increases in their sales on the Monday after thanksgiving. It’s believed that many people go shopping on Black Friday and fail to find the deal that they were looking for, so they go online a few days later to search it out. Once the online retailers noticed the pattern, they immediately began offering deals available only on that day to encourage even greater sales.
Here’s a few tips from the geek to help you find what you’re looking for on Cyber Monday.
- You’re first stop should be CyberMonday.com, it’s a site put together by Shop.org and compiles deals from a large number of online vendors into one easy to navigate site.
- Amazon is a great place to find items as they carry pretty much everything under the sun and they’ve been the king of online retail for quite a while now.
- Stop by your favorite retailer’s web site just to check, most of them will at least have a few deals.
- Regularly stop by Woot.com. Woot is a site that offers one deal per day. You never know what the item is, but it’s always a pretty awesome deal. They run WootOffs every few months where they post items for sale until they run out and then put another item up.
- If you’re shopping on eBay, remember to check and read the seller’s ratings before you place a bid.
- Stick with retailers that you’re familiar with. It’s easy to be taken in by a shady vendor over the Internet.
Have fun shopping!!