Seasoned holiday shoppers know that Black Friday is for the impatient; Cyber Monday is where the deals are, and best of all, you don't even have to leave your comfy computer chair to snag all the best ones.
Well today's that special day, and for tech aficionados, gadget heads or any brand of generous gift-giver, there are plenty of companies offering incredible deals for computers, tablets, cameras, and a slew of other high-end gadgets from some of the best names in technology, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. But you must act today if you want the deal.
Cyber Monday is the perfect opportunity to give that special someone what they've always wanted, and feel the pleasant after-effects of gift-giving without any of the buyer's remorse associated with an expensive purchase. Luckily for you, IBTimes has your back, as we've compiled a number of the best Cyber Monday 2012 deals from around the Web. Check them out here:
1. Apple.com - Apple products are usually towards the top of most people's holiday wish lists each year, and 2012 is no different. Apple isn't selling all of its items on Cyber Monday at discounted prices, but has chosen a number of select refurbished items to receive some minor discounts, including the fourth-generation iPod Touch (starting at $129, or $50 off the retail price), the third-generation iPad with Retina Display ($379, down from its original price of $499), and the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air laptops ($849 and $1,019, which are $150 and $180 off their original prices, respectively).
2. MacMall.com - If Apple doesn't have all the discounted items you're looking for, MacMall probably will. The online retailer is selling a number of brand-new Apple products with some minor discounts, including the iPad 4, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and fifth-generation iPod Touch.
3. Newegg.com - Online computer retailer Newegg has some incredible Cyber Monday deals on laptops, tablets and hard drives, including a 50 percent discount on Adobe software, and an Acer Aspire laptop with Windows 8 on sale for $529, down from $649.
4. Amazon.com - Besides offering its own Kindle Fire for $129 (down from $159 when you enter "FIREDEAL" at checkout), Amazon has a slew of other Cyber Monday deals going on for laptops and tablets made by Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell, Acer and others.
4. Groupon Goods - Groupon has a number of great Cyber Monday deals, including an ATCMini Action Sport HD video camera (great for helmets) for $89 (down from $150), and a 15-6-inch Dell Inspiron laptop running Windows 8 for $559, down from its $739 retail price.
5. Skymall.com - The company behind those little booklets on your plane is actually offering a nice 25 percent off discount for orders on Cyber Monday. Skymall doesn't have too much in the way of tech, but does have some nice retro handsets for your cellphone, as well as a Bluetooth Keyboard case for iPad ($39, down from $54) and an Android 2-in-1 netbook/tablet (for $109, down from $249).
BONUS: Audible.com - If you've purchased a smartphone or tablet from any of these other retailers by now, you're going to want to fill your device with some quality entertainment. Audible, Amazon's audiobook company, is offering a great deal on audiobooks for $4.95, which ends tonight at midnight.