This year, many Black Friday shoppers will be greeted with near-freezing temperatures but some deal seekers will remain warm and toasty. How so? These shoppers are choosing to wait out Black Friday and their limited quantities, cat fighting other shoppers and long lines in the dark for the comfort of their favorite chair and broadband connection.
Known as Cyber Monday, websites are popping up to direct shoppers to the latest deals. One such site, cybermondays.com is pointing to many deals from big names. Some deals are duds, such as Apple’s free iPod engraving – which you can get without being prompted by this site. Currently, the sites top listed deal is from HP, with free shipping on orders over $59.99. However, I went over to HP and was able to get free shipping on my own. So maybe the site is just alerting you to merchants that offer such a deal.
The site promises to have hourly deals on Cyber Monday, and that may have some value.
On the day of Cyber Monday there will be hourly specials and exclusives from your favorite online retailers. Sneak peeks of the hourly deals will be shared via email alerts so make sure to sign up for special savings and the latest offers.
So, who’s interested in web deals? Shopzilla conducted a survey to out the obvious:
In fact, more than 8 out of 10 shoppers will be on the look-out for discounts, 69% will be searching for free shipping, 53% will scour the web for one-day promotions and 32% will keep their eyes open for buy-one-get-one-free promotions, according to Shopzilla.
I’d like to have a conversation with the 2 out of 10 that were not looking for discounts, but something tells me Shopzilla will cite privacy concerns over leaking those names to me. Sounds fishy for sure.
Regardless of my views, the economy seems to be forcing many retailers hands this year. Many Black Friday deals were available early this year online. BFads.net cited many such examples of retailers not wanting to hold out until Black Friday to cash in. Places like 6ave.com and Walmart.com are already offering pre-sales.