Thanksgiving brings many exciting elements to the table–and I don’t just mean mom’s turkey and dressing. Thanksgiving is the official kickoff to the exciting season of holiday shopping. However, if Black Friday with all of it’s crowds, 12 a.m. shopping sprees and overall madness isn’t your thing, just know that Cyber Monday has your back. Introduced in 2005, Cyber Monday has grown rapidly year over year. This year, online retailers are expecting a 15 percent revenue increase over 2012 numbers. So what does that mean for you? Deals! In fact, some of the best Christmas deals can be found online, and there are many places you can either shop to buy or get discount codes and coupons for your big day. Here are my top 10:
If you are looking to see all of the 2013 Cyber Monday deals in one location, then this is a great place to start. Find the best deals, coupon codes and tips for conquering the web on Monday, December 2.
What can I say…Amazon is the Cyber Monday beast. In 2012, Amazon sold 26.5 million items, doubling their 2010 average. With deals up to 90 percent off regular price and side by side product comparison, Amazon is the best place to start for all holiday shopping.
Etsy is a paradise of unique gifts, art and jewelry. Find one-of-kind items for friends and family that will surely impress even the hardest of people to buy for. Etsy allows local artisans from around the world to open up shop in one place. Many of these shops offer deals up to 50 percent off on Cyber Monday. You may have to dig for coupon codes for each product–but totally worth the effort.
What a great site for your entertainment junkie friends! Browse new and gently used products to find the hard-to-find items that will really set your gift apart. And don’t forget about the deals. In 2012, on top of the already reduced pricing, Half.com offered an additional 15 percent off at checkout with coupon code CYBERMON. This is certainly something to try again this year.
Like to shop local? This is a great coupon site for you. Not only does Coupon Cabin highlight coupons and deals for the big online retailers, but local stores and sites will be featured as well based on location. Sign up with your email account and get up-to-the-minute coupons emailed to you.
For me, this is a site worth accessing all year long. Not only will you find relevant retail shopping codes, but you can also find coupons for restaurants, printing companies (great for making your own holiday cards for the family), car repair and more. This site is a great place to save money this season.
Shoprunner is a great site for online shoppers. They offer free 2-day shipping, free return shipping and convenient shopping with top-name brand stores. The site does require a membership, but offers a free 30-day trial, which would be great to take advantage of during the holidays.
This site focuses mainly on highlighting the deals that Black Friday offers, including door busters, hours and discounted items. However, it also gives you a look at each store’s online ordering and pick-up processes, which are great to checkout if you plan to shop online and pick everything up at the store later.
eBay may have started as just an auction site, but now it is a force to be reckoned with during the holidays. In 2012, eBay extended free shipping through the holiday season and knocked off an additional 20 percent at final checkout. This 2013 holiday season is expected to be no different–so don’t forget to check them out!
This is a great site to visit to find out all the online stores that are offering free shipping, especially on Cyber Monday. Don’t forget that December 18 is national Free Shipping Day, so make sure to check back to this site