It's easy to connect the dots between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know that Cyber Monday started as a hangover sale from Black Friday? Retailers noticed that the Monday after Thanksgiving began spiking in online sales. This led to Shop.org whipping out the "Cyber Monday" moniker as a hook to draw in even more consumers and the name stuck.
You'll be forgiven if you assume Cyber Monday is just a bunch of tech companies putting their electronics on sale. The truth is actually quite incredible. Cyber Monday is now the biggest shopping day of the year, surpassing even Black Friday. In 2019, Cyber Monday sales were 9.2 billion dollars.
The sales extend well beyond electronics into every facet of retail, and the best part is that there is no lining up hours ahead of time to push and shove for one of the very few doorbusters retail outlets use to draw shoppers to their store. You can shop in your pajamas.
Cyber Monday always falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving. But because the deals can start days earlier, you may be doing a lot of your shopping on Sunday night.
hat to Watch Out for on Cyber Monday As with any sale, always remember to comparison shop. This is especially true during so-called Flash sales. Just because something has a great discount from the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) doesn't mean it's a great deal. The only real purpose of MSRP is for retailers to use it when convincing you they have a great sale going.
Because Cyber Monday happens online, you can easily double-check prices. Amazon is a great place to verify a good deal. If you can get it just as cheap on Amazon, you aren't saving much on Cyber Monday.