Cyber Monday offers a great opportunity to shoppers who are weary of stores, lines, crowds, and the cold. Since its moniker was coined by the National Retail Federation in 2005, Cyber Monday has built giant followings among retailers and their customers alike.
Black Friday provides consumers deals on clothes, electronics, toys, and other gifts, but Cyber Monday does the same -- except all the shopping can be done in the comfort of home or office.
Retailers detail their special deals for Cyber Monday and Cyber Week on their Web sites. You can also check out some aggregator sites for coupons and lists of discounts from a range of companies. Some of our favorite aggregators include SlickDeals, FatWallet, Dealery, and DealNews. SlickDeals has a special Editor's Picks site where they find the cheapest prices for some of the season's hottest gifts, which is particularly useful.
RetailMeNot is also a great place to check for a list of coupons from stores such as J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Lands' End, Macy's, and others. If you're still looking for original deals, you can find some by checking Twitter and keeping track of #cybermonday and #deals.
Below is a list of some of the hottest Cyber Monday deals announced by Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, and ToysRUs.com.
While Amazon has been offering a number of deals for Black Friday and this holiday weekend, most of its Cyber Monday deals will be available beginning at midnight on Sunday at www.amazon.com/cybermonday. The company will continue offering discounts on some of their most popular items throughout the week, so you may want to sign up for its daily-deals email list. Last year, Cyber Monday was Amazon's peak day, with more than 13.7 million items ordered, a record-breaking 158 items per second. Some of the best deals that have been prereleased this time around include the following:
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V 10.2 MP Digital Camera: $199 (save $150)
- Pentax K-5 Digital SLR (Body Only): $999 (save $200)
- Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle (includes Fable III and Halo Reach): $199 (save $100)
- Nokia N8 (Unlocked): $299.99 (save $249)
- Monster Diddybeats Headphones: $59.99 (save $89)
- Save 50% off select Hasbro games
- Save up to 50% off select VTech electronic toys
- $25 off purchase of $100 or more on DEWALT tools
- Save more than 40% off select TechnoMarine watches
- Freshwater Cultured Pearl Button Stud Earrings, Set of 3: $16.99 (save $63)
- Save 25% off orders of $75 or more on select brands in Shoes & Accessories
- Save up to 60% off sweaters and fleece for Women, Men, Kids and Baby
- Bodum Bistro Electric Handheld Immersion Stick Blender (Orange): $49.99 (save $50)
- Mercer Cutlery Genesis 6-Piece Knife Set: $99.95 (save $150)
- Panasonic Linear Vortex Shaving System: $78.99 (save $171)
- Bissell PowerEdge Hard Floor Vacuum: $29.99 (save $20)
- Popular album titles including Stronger by Kelly Clarkson, Metals by Feist and Bon Iver by Bon Iver (MP3 Downloads): $4.99 each
- Twilight series DVDs: $6.99 each
Wal-Mart will kick off Cyber Week on Sunday, and promotions will run until Dec. 2. The Cyber Week Online Specials can be found at Wal-Mart's Web site. The company is offering over 250 special deals exclusively online, including the following:
- Toshiba 32 LCD HD TV for $249
- HotWheels Mega Garage Playset for $25
- Xbox 360 Holiday Gamer Bundle for $319
- Disney Cars 2 Lightning McQueen Talking Feature Chair for $19
- Tramontina Dutch Oven for $35
- Danskin Women's Velour Hoodie and Pant Set for $12
- Fuji Finepix AX330 Camera Bundle for $59
- Oral B Electric Toothbrush with bonus Crest 3-D Whitestrips for $36
- Free shipping on home orders of $45 or more on Cyber Week specials
Target offers deals starting Sunday for Cyber Monday at its Web site. The company has started showing sneak previews, but is saving most of its deals for Sunday's announcement. The deals already announced include the following:
- Pots and pan set save $60
- Stuffed animals buy one, get one 50% off
- Certain couches save 50%
- Games save 50%
- Certain televisions save $50
ToysRUs.com will be releasing most of its promotions starting Sunday and throughout the week. Customers will receive free shipping on their items throughout Cyber Week. And many items will be marked down by 20 or 25 percent, including the following:
- Save up to 30% on Bundles
- Save up to 30% on Little Tikes &Step2 Outdoor Play
- Big Savings on Star Wars, Transformers, Toy Story and other action figures (20% off)
- Buy 1 Get 1 Free on a collection of video games
- Save up to 30% on Kidkraft, Melissa & Doug and others
- 20% off on Musical Instruments, Karaoke and Keyboards
Sears, Best Buy, Kmart and other major retailers have not yet released their discounts for Cyber Monday, but check their Web sites for updates, starting on Sunday.
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