Cyber Monday is the online shopping version of Black Friday. Throughout the day online retailers will be selling all sorts of products at massive discounts that you won't find the rest of the year. It can be one of the best days of the year to buy technology, depending on what devices you're looking for.
Many use it as a great opportunity to buy electrical gadgets and devices as Christmas presents. If you are considering buying any technology for your business, please make sure to buy the business versions. If you’re in anyway uncertain, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to advise.
7 savvy shopping tips for Cyber Monday:
1. Research what you need.
It's easy to be tempted by snazzy-looking deals. But even though you're shopping for discounts, you still don't want to waste money on junk; you want technology that suits your needs, and equipment that will last.
2. Do your homework.
Try figuring out what new devices you need well in advance of Cyber Monday, and reading reviews to find the model that's best for you. Take a look at retailers' Cyber Monday ads from last year to get an idea of what might be on sale this year. If you’re not sure, please feel free to get in touch with CJAZ for any business technology purchases, we can often find a good deal from our Trusted Partners that may have a better specification than online discounts and promotions.
3. Don’t miss the date!
For 2019, Black Friday officially starts Friday 29th November with Cyber Monday on 2nd December. However, many retailers start this post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas shopping frenzy a week early to further maximise sales. A few of the biggies include:
Amazon – Starts 8-days before on Friday 22nd November.Apple Black Friday Deals Discounts sometimes offered on older models by their resellers.Currys PC World - The ‘Why Wait Black Friday deals’ have already started take a look at the links for some of their promotions.John Lewis – Black Friday Deals 29th November with some offers starting earlier.
4. Find the best price.
Once you've decided to buy something, make sure you've found the retailer that's offering it for the best price. You could use a price-comparison engine such as the ShopSavvy app.
5. Shop safely.
With so many people shopping, Cyber Monday is a prime time for scammers. Make sure to only purchase from retailers you trust, use a strong password for all of your shopping accounts, and don't click on sketchy links — especially from unfamiliar emails.
6. The early bird catches the worm!
Some Cyber Monday deals are released in very limited quantities and can be gone in minutes — or even seconds. And on such a busy day like Cyber Monday, it's not uncommon for products to sell out.
To make sure you get the deal you want, you should plan to take advantage of popular deals as soon as possible after their release. The good news is that most outlets will release their upcoming deals well ahead of Cyber Monday, so you can plan ahead (and set an alarm if need be). And make sure you're following major retailers on social media, or subscribe to their newsletters, so you'll hear about their newest discounts as they drop.
7. If you’re in any doubt, don’t buy it.
While Black Friday and Cyber Monday can offer huge savings, they are also frenzied marketing campaigns, that encourage hysteria, panic buying and “fear of missing out”, all very skillful marketing ploys to encourage people to part with their hard-earned cash.
Why is it called Black Friday?
The 'black' part comes from the idea that the time-limited price cuts and deals offered by the shops would help their accounts go from "in the red" to black.
Please remember, if you are looking to upgrade your business IT systems and hardware, please get in touch. CJAZ Consulting can often leverage fantastic deals for our clients with our trusted partners. Happy shopping!