Cyber Monday one more chance to save big
Didn’t find what you wanted on Black Friday? That’s why the online gods invented Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is the busiest online shopping day of the year – falling each year on the immediate Monday after Black Friday. And this year researchers say more retailers than ever – nearly nine out of 10 – will participate with special promotions.
That’s why it’s a great back-up sales opportunity for those items you couldn’t get your hands on during Black Friday. Maybe the items you wanted sold out or you were hoping for a better deal.
Expect some unprecedented offers as retailers and service providers scramble to bring in consumer dollars before year’s end. Check with your favorite retailers’ online sites for the best deals. Local retailers may also offer deals on their Web sites that allow buyers to pick up items at the store.
But Keep in mind, with Cyber Monday comes the increased risk of cyber crime. So it pays not only to take advantage of holiday online bargains, but also to be careful at the keyboard when making purchases.
Because Cyber Monday transactions occur online, cyber bad guys, including fraudsters, ID thieves and those who spread spam and malware, have a particularly ripe opportunity to take advantage of e-shoppers.
Here are some ways to stay crime-free on Cyber Monday:
Stick with sites you know. Now is not the time to go with a site you’ve never heard of. If you can, shop on sites you’ve already used. You can also visit sites dedicated to Cyber Monday deals, such as CyberMonday.com,Bargainist.com and FatWallet.com.
Check the URL address. Only shop online with secure retail sites and make sure the browser shows an address that begins with “https” not just “http.” Do your homework. Look up a product’s information online before Monday, including price, features, warranty, consumer reviews and ratings. Don’t just choose an item based on the lowest price.
Check Web sites repeatedly during the day. Different deals may appear at different times, even better ones later in the day. Check your cell phone for apps that might help you check deals.
Consider more than holiday gifts. Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday is a great time to take advantage of deals to replace important household items, such as a family TV or refrigerator. Or maybe you have been saving up to replace your home entertainment center. Cyber Monday may also be a good time to get gifts for upcoming birthdays or anniversaries.