Tomorrow is technically the start of the shopping holiday known as Cyber Monday. This year I would say Cyber Monday is almost a “non-event.” Why you may ask? Because so many of the stores started their online sales last week, at the same time as the in-store Black Friday sales. Black Friday is no longer just one day. It’s more like one month of Black Friday now. The sales just keep going as retailers pull out all the stops to draw in shoppers.
Having said that, there are a few things for you to think of before you start full-on Cyber shopping. 106.9 million plan to shop on Cyber Monday this year up from 96.5 million who shopped on Cyber Monday in ’09 according to Shop.org. So let your primary concern be safety when shopping online. As a survivor of various cyber attacks and viruses, I can tell you first hand that you do need to be careful where you shop. Check out today’s New York Times article entitled “ A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web.” The article is a great reminder that just because a site is top of the Google search rankings, doesn’t mean it’s a safe site for shopping. Do more than a search for the item you want. Check the website for complaints before you give them your credit card information and make a purchase. The CyberMonday.org site recently provided some helpful tips for your consideration. Here’s the 411 from Scott Silverman of the National Retail Federation and Shop.org.
- Be sure to shop on reputable, trust-worthy sites such as CyberMonday.com and its retail partners
- Just as you’re more careful when shopping in busy malls during the holiday, be more careful online as well
- AVG offers free downloads of virus scan and link scan here: www.shop.org/shopsafely and http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition
Now that we have that silly old security and safety stuff out of the way, let’s talk savvy shopping! Here are a few top picks.
NEW LOOK: They have a great holiday selection and they ship to many countries (UK, US, France, and more). Look for low prices on new Giles GOLD Holiday collection. Click here to see all the New Look special offers. Today’s sale offers 20% off everything warm with code VIPXE10 at checkout.
Topshop: Sale items and free shipping through 11/29.
Kate Spade: 25 % off bags, for 2 days, use code: CYBER25
Hudson Jeans: Join their Facebook Group on Cyber Monday and get a code to save 40% off on jeans.
Macy’s: free shipping on orders of $75 or more when you enter code CYBER at checkout. Look for the Special web cyber deals on their home page.
Kohl’s: The more you shop, the more you save. 15% off any order when you enter code CYBER15 at checkout with no minimum purchase, 15% off AND free standard shipping on your $75 order when you enter code CYBER15 at checkout and 20% off AND free standard shipping on your $100 order when you enter code CYBER20 at checkout.
Bloomingdales: The Big Brown Sale is on. Look for the bargains on their website of 30-40% off.
White House Black Market: 60% off sale on now.
JCrew.com: Mrs. Obama’s fav chic n’ cheap store is offering an additional 20% off holiday sale items, plus free shipping on purchases of $150 or more use CODE TURKEY.
QVC: Free shipping and handling through 11/29. Special deals on electronics. If you shop QVC.com, check out the Jacqueline Kennedy jewelry reproductions. You can enjoy her exquisite taste for much less. The online reviews for the pieces are amazing! Check the collection here.
Walmart: It’s not just Cyber Monday, it’s Cyber Week! Click here to see all the deals.
Penhaligon’s: The luxury soaps, perfumes and accessories house is offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING on all orders over $75 to celebrate Cyber Monday.
Ann Taylor: Sale of 30 to 40% off on items. Check their website for the code.
Neiman Marcus: Bonus Incircle Points when you shop online.
Microsoft Office: Savings on MS Office 2010. Click here to get the deal.
Online Shopping Clubs (click on the links to get my invites)
- US Only: Gilt Groupe Designer Sales: Special Sales on Holiday Items.
- US Only: Ideeli DESIGNER Sales,
- US Only : HauteLook : Gourmet Food Items and Designer Deals.
- Invite Gilt Man: Discount Designer Menswear
- Invite Beyond the Rack: William Rast jeans and more designer deals
- US Only: RueLaLa Shopping Club,
- US Only: The Top Secret Designer Sales
- Row Nine Online Designer Sample Sales
For more deals, check my Black Friday list. Most of the deals (excepting doorbusters) are still going on.
One last Cyber Monday tip, if you are interested in winning some free gift certificates , check out the Cyber Monday Facebook group to enter to win. Like the group, and be entered to win.