Black Friday is the ultimate test of patience and endurance in the name of retail. While many finish the day with everything on their lists, some are left wondering about their missed opportunities. Luckily Cyber Monday makes many of those missed opportunities and deals just a click away. Here are a few things to keep in mind this Cyber Monday:
1. Do Your Research
Despite avoiding some of the headaches of Black Friday, Cyber Monday has a few small drawbacks of its own—most notably, you can’t see, touch or test things in person. Of course, if you’re already familiar with a particular brand or product, that won’t be an issue. But if you’re venturing into new product territory, it’s best to research the items on your list ahead of time. Combing through manufacturer’s websites, reading reviews by both experts and customers, and even surveying your family, friends and coworkers will make clicking “BUY” a little easier and a lot less mysterious.
2. Search for Online Deals
The great thing about shopping online is the instant access to information, including exclusive online coupon codes and cash back for purchases. If you’re savvy, go ahead and sign up to receive emails from your favorite retailers to find out what they’re offering and check out special deal sites for the latest offers.
3. Consider Shipping
When you’re shopping online, one of your considerations has to be how to you will receive your order—and shipping can make or break a deal. Before you finalize your purchase, make sure to review the website’s shipping policy and find out if they offer free shipping promotions. Retailers often provide free or upgraded shipping if you purchase a certain amount or a particular product. Be sure to take advantage of gift-wrapping and other special add-ons to make your holidays easier.
4. Use Your Social Networks
Twitter and Facebook can be a goldmine for Cyber Monday deals. Follow your favorite retailers, search keywords and hashtags, and find posts that may lead to special offers from retailers and online coupon sites. You can also use your own network of friends and followers to get user reviews and see what deals they found. The best thing to do is to just ask.
5. Look for Security
At this time of year, it’s especially important to guard against identity theft and other online fraud, particularly when you are asked to provide credit card numbers. Often the website address alone will help you determine your level safety. Website addresses that begin with “https://” indicate the site is secure, and a locked padlock icon on the pagewill confirm that your personal information is transmitted safely.
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