What's Better: Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
In my house, the festivities and excitement don’t end immediately after we’ve finished the Thanksgiving turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Each year, I’m ready to conquer Black Friday – armed with a leftover turkey sandwich in one hand and my shopping list in the other. Then a few days later on Cyber Monday, I sit down in front of my MacBook Air® laptop and shop ‘til I drop.
Every year, I ask myself “where are the better deals?” There’s the chance if I don’t grab a deal on Black Friday it will no longer be there Cyber Monday. Or I could have some serious FOMO and buyer’s regret when a better deal comes around those few days later.
So in an effort to help my fellow shopaholics, here’s my holiday shopping advice:
Shop Black Friday for big ticket items
The biggest advantage to Black Friday shopping, which falls on November 29th this year, is that you’ll be privy to any doorbuster sales. Many retailers will offer deep discounts on large items like televisions, grills and refrigerators. It’s no wonder that this is one of the best times to buy appliances.
If you like seeing the merch in person before purchasing (i.e. clothing), Black Friday is ideal. Just remember that most stores only offer deals on select items or brands, so it’s not necessarily store-wide savings. Come prepared with a list - the more specific the better - to save yourself time and energy.
Purchase gadgets and small gifts on Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday falls later than usual this year - on December 2nd. So shopping digitally is ideal for avoiding large crowds and the chaos that has become synonymous with Black Friday. From the comfort of your home, you can score deals on everything from electronics to clothing. DealNews recommends holding off on buying smaller electronics, like speakers, and beauty products until Cyber Monday when deals will be the best.
Also, look for site-wide savings. This is the best time to shop entire brands as opposed to one specific product.
When it comes to savings, Cyber Monday wins!
If you’re looking for the best overall savings, do your shopping on Cyber Monday. Though the margins are slim, research from discount-shopping experts at Honey found that last year’s Cyber Monday average savings per purchase was 21%, while for Black Friday savings peaked at 18.5%.
Ultimately, the best day to shop depends on what you want to buy. If you do come across an amazing deal on Black Friday, it’s best to go for it and wait for Cyber Monday to see what is offered.
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