Black Friday and Cyber Monday
In the U.K, you can find the best sales and biggest store crowds on Boxing Day, but in the U.S., no other day can compare to the extreme discounts and chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These days unofficially mark the beginning of the holiday season, meaning it's time to embrace the most wonderful time of the year, get out your lists, and do some serious holiday shopping.
- This takes place the last Friday of November, that is, the day after the American holiday of Thanksgiving. Merchants and retailers may open their stores starting as early as 4 a.m., but consumers will be found waiting in line for hours prior to that.
- Once the doors are open, the grabbing, trampling, and screaming begins. (Sounds kind of animalistic, doesn't it?) With limited numbers of sale items, it is a first-come, first-serve game. Pricey items like flat panel TVs and digital cameras are sometimes up to 75% off, making the wait (and the battle) worth it.
- Stores will often publish their anticipated in-store discounts up to two months in advance, giving consumers an idea of what to expect and where to plan their holiday shopping. If you are lucky, you can browse ads and find some that offer the discount not only to in-store customers, but to online shoppers as well.
- Some folks prefer to skip the chaos and wait for Cyber Monday the following week. Retail vendors offer their discounted prices for online shopping only during this limited sale day.
- With the comfort of shopping from home in your pyjamas or at the office during your lunch break, the race is no longer one of strength but rather one of internet speed . Sales items are in limited quantities on the web and often sell out quickly, as many people will participate in this option.
- In 2007, Cyber Monday saw $733 million in online spending, hitting a record and showcasing the popularity of internet shopping these days. (Hint: Use ShopWiki to research and compare products!)
- Read our guide on Internet Shopping Tips before purchasing anything. You want to make sure you are shopping securely.
What to Look For This Holiday Season
Browse these guides to help you decide on the perfect gift for everyone on your list, and then utilize the Black Friday or Cyber Monday discounts to help you save money on the season's hottest items.