Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday: Which is Best For You?

October 9, 2017

in Lifestyle

Thanksgiving once meant relaxing with friends and family around a big turkey dinner, but now includes waiting in line in the middle of the night for our favorite stores to open the doors for big sales. Black Friday is a booming business with Adobe Insights tracking that Black Friday hit $3.34 billion in 2016 alone. And although Cyber Monday's online shopping deals only came onto the scene in 2005, it’s quickly becoming a serious contender for Black Friday. In 2016, Cyber Monday raked in $3.39 billion.

But if you don’t line up around the block for your favorite store to open, will you miss the best deal if you wait for Cyber Monday? The answer really depends on what type of items you’re looking for and acting quickly to snatch up the best deals. Here’s what to look out for:

Get the Best Toy Deals

Parents scouring for toy deals should pay attention to both online and offline retailers, but typically Black Friday is the better bargain with Toys R’ Us, Walmart and Target as top contenders. However, some stores offer the same or similarly priced discounts for Cyber Monday as they do on Black Friday. That could make it easier to justify skipping the scores of in-store shoppers, however, you do risk inventory running low and missing out on flash sales with even deeper in-store discounts.

Remember that toy deals often extend to baby items like cribs and car seats. If you find a price drop on an item you need, hold onto those old car seats. Instead of curbing them, wait for a Toys R' Us trade-in event where they offer a 15 percent coupon for every qualifying item like strollers and travel cribs.

Snag Discounts on Clothes and Shoes

Fashionistas shopping for clothes and shoes for themselves and their kids should keep an eye on Black Friday if they're already out and about trying to get a discount on toys. But Cyber Monday is really the event for discounted fashion. And remember fashion and clothing extend to your favorite outdoor retailers selling everything from recreational wear to hiking and camping gear.

Sign-up for your favorite retailer’s email list now for the places you shop the most to get alerts on upcoming sales. They often offer an added subscriber bonus, online coupons to compliment your Black Friday savings or a hot sale tip they aren’t releasing to the general public.

Find Price Drops on Electronics

Black Friday is typically a better time to find electronic deals on items like TVs than Cyber Monday, but the trends are changing. Techradar reported that we'll see a push for more discounted electronics and gadgets during Cyber Monday including Amazon's Alexa smart assistant, Apple Watch 3 and iPhone 7.

However, don’t get caught up in the idea that Cyber Monday is just a single day of savings. More retailers are rolling out deals during the entire week of Thanksgiving, and not just that Monday after, to get a head start on Black Friday deals.

Grab Discounted Beauty Products

Beauty products are a category that boasts incredible Cyber Monday specials but is often overlooked in favor of fashion. But you can scoop your favorite products for a fraction of the cost. In 2016, BH Cosmetics slashed prices up to 80 percent and BareMinerals offered 60 percent discounts.

It’s also worth doing a quick online search for online coupon codes for the online shops you’re browsing. There’s a chance you could find an additional coupon or free shipping option although most stores will only honor one discount at a time. It’s still worth a shot, as some coupon codes will throw in an additional gift or upgrade on your order.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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