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I’ve never bought anything on the day after Thanksgiving.
My mother has always said Black Friday price breaks aren’t worth parking a quarter-mile away, wrestling through mobs, and standing in line for three hours. Her logic rubbed off on me – until Cyber Monday came along in 2005.
Now I say: Why brave Black Friday hysteria when you can snag similar deals from home (or, if you can get away with it, work) three days later? And I’m not alone. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, Nov. 28, will be the most profitable day of the year for online retailers. It may even turn into a three-day Cyber Weekend this year.
- Monitor social media: In addition to liking and following your favorite online stores, ShopSmart recommends Twitter account @DealCyberMonday.
- Let specialized websites track deals for you: The magazine recommends CyberMonday2011.com and DealsCyberMonday.org.
- Avoid shipping costs: Keep an eye out for free-shipping promo codes, which many stores’ websites offer to consumers who spend a certain amount. ShopSmart and I both like FreeShipping.org too.
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Karla Bowsher runs our Deals page, writes “Today’s Deals” posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and covers consumer and retail issues. If you have a comment, suggestion, or question, leave a comment or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.