“There’s reason to believe that this Cyber Week could be especially bountiful,” Sakraida said in an email. “Cyber Monday so far seems to be outpacing Black Friday for quality deals, and that could very likely translate into greater discounts throughout the week too as stores put more focus on online-only sales.”
For the best cyber deals, look first to online operators, advises Rebecca Lehmann content marketing manager at Brad’s Deals. “Consider Monday the day for doorbusters, and the rest of the week following up with solid deals all week long at most retailers,” she said. “I generally tell everyone to look first at online retailers that don’t have a large brick and mortar presence – Cyber Week is where they really tend to shine.”
Amazon is clearly the leader here with so many deals it can be difficult to navigate, although Forbes’ Gordon Kelly does a great job of cherry picking the best ones here. Sites such as Brad’s Deals, Best Black Friday Deals, DealNews and BlackFriday.com all have comprehensive shopping guides.
Consider this a roadmap to broader deals from various product categories. Then, narrow things down to individual product picks.
Top-selling electronics as of Cyber Monday morning were Sony PS4, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPads and Amazon Fire, according to BlackFriday.com. Sales of Lego sets, Shopkins, Nerf, Barbie and Little Live Pets were also strong.
While tech is tops for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the deals here start to dwindle as the week wears on. That’s good news for folks looking to save on more than hardware.
“Despite the name of the shopping event (Cyber Monday), digital items aren’t typically the best things to buy,” said Sakraida. “Instead, this is a great week for travel, beauty, clothing, and shoes.”
Apparel retailers will be offering their best discounts of the year, sometimes even besting their own Black Friday offers, she said.
According to Brad’s Deals:
Select women’s boots BOGO at Macy’s – includes high end brands like Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan. They’ve also got 10%-20% off Cyber Week specials running all week long, and lowered the minimum spend from $50 to $25 for free shipping.
Backcountry is taking up to 40% off, good place to look for outdoor apparel including North Face, Patagonia, Sorel
Nordstrom is taking up to 40% off designer apparel
For those looking at home goods, the good news is that Black Friday was the best day all year to buy an appliance, according to Sears, and many of those prices are still being honored by merchants.
Sears has extended Cyber Monday deals through Tuesday and many retailers will honor sale prices and price match a percentage off on big ticket items. Although when it comes to specific doorbusters, when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Lowe’s is running its Cyber Week deals through Dec. 3
Target is offering 25% off furniture up to 40% off bedding, rugs, decor and dining; Michael’s has Cyber Week deals through Nov. 30
Look for Cyber Week deals from some smaller or more specialized retailers.
Sporting Goods is a good buy this week as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabela’s are extending deals throughout the week. The same holds true for sellers of pet products and office supplies.
Brad’s Deals’ Lehmann said there are still good tech deals, but they’re coming from more unexpected sources:
Dell is a shockingly good place to buy TVs this week. The best deals are paired with gift cards
B&H Photo will be running many of the same Cyber Week deals that you’ll find at better known retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon. They’re always a favorite with Brad’s Deals editors since they don’t charge sales tax outside of New York. That can save you a chunk of change on pricey electronics.
Finally, Cyber Week is a great time to score discounts on travel and leisure. “We see tons of deals on travel during Cyber Week, particularly on hotels,” said Lehmann. (It’s) great for booking winter getaways.”