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This post comes from Donna Doyle at partner site DealNews.
If you’ve been a studious deal-slinger and are preparing for winning results during this Black Friday season, then you will have read, digested and, hopefully, memorized our predictions of which five stores will offer the very best deals when the madness hits. However, despite Amazon and Walmart‘s reign during the rush and thrill of the entire Black Friday week, there is a selection of other merchants that are also worth your time, energy and hard-earned bucks once Cyber Monday rolls around.
Thanks to their stellar performance throughout last year’s Cyber Monday period, these stores came out on top of the class for the three-day period, from Sunday through the Tuesday after Cyber Monday. That’s not to say that these stores didn’t throw out some impressive deals on Black Friday itself, but most listed here held back their very best stuff until the first-wave sales had passed.
Since these tempting 10 stores flaunted the most popular sales and a bucket-load of Editors’ Choice offers last year during Cyber Monday, there’s a good chance they’ll want to replicate that form this time around. With this roundup in hand, you’ll have a plan of action for our second-favorite shopping day of the year.
Best for: Those looking to bag a freebie after an exhaustive Black Friday period of shopping and spending.
If last year’s spoils were anything to go by, Google Play will be the one-stop shop for any movie buff or music lover who may have overstretched themselves on Black Friday. Its collection of free MP3s last year, which included a wide range of contemporary numbers, as well as crowd-pleasing classics, was one of the most popular deals of the whole Cyber Monday period with our freebie-loving readers.
Best for: Thrifty DIY aficionados and handymen who don’t mind a trip in-store to collect their goodies.
Home Depot will be, as ever, a reliable store for bagging a cartful of bargains throughout the entire shopping season. Last year, we saw a hefty 17 deals worthy of the Editors’ Choice mark over Cyber Monday, the highest accolade awarded by our hard-to-please, deal-loving editors. Expect to have to make the trip to your local store to pick up your discounted spoils, as many top offers, which have previously included tools, garden items, and office furniture, will otherwise incur high shipping charges.
Best for: Sartorially inclined shoppers who are looking to stock up on high-quality basics likely to hit the best price of the year.
Although Black Friday will remain the leading sales day for most of our favorite stores, we’ve found that it’s best to hold off on splashy apparel and shoes until Cyber Monday rolls around. Ralph Lauren provided us a fine example of this last year when its Cyber Monday sale beat what the store flaunted on Black Friday, cutting up to an additional 25 percent off many popular items just two days later. Highlights from the sale included all-time price lows on winter-ready outerwear and shoes, so we’ll be looking to prepare ourselves for the cold snap again this year at the iconic designer store.
Joe’s New Balance Outlet
Best for: Runners and fitness try-hards who look for motivation in a stylish, albeit inexpensive, pair of sneakers.
Anyone on the hunt for a new pair of kicks can be sure to expect some top-notch price drops at Joe’s New Balance Outlet. On Cyber Monday in 2013, we listed a more-than-substantial 13 Editors’ Choice deals from the store. This included 11 pairs of New Balance men’s and women’s sneakers and boots that plummeted to less than $30. That yielded incredible savings of up to $74 on each pair, so we’re banking on similarly show-stopping savings from the outlet again this year.
Best for: House-proud savers looking to score some cheap-as-chips kitchen items, from discounted dishes to low-cost cookware.
During last year’s event, Boscov’s offered free sitewide shipping, which made its already-inexpensive home items a bargain, befitting the most stingy of house-proud savers. All seven deals we listed from the store over the Cyber Monday period were impressive enough to bag the Editors’ Choice nod, including Pyrex dishes, stainless steel pots, and cutlery sets that went for less than $4 each.