Cyber Monday Is Coming: Are Online Sales Better Than Black Friday?

Blair Nicole

Move over Black Friday. Cyber Monday is when all the cool kids shop these days. The days of waiting in line outside of Best Buy from midnight to 5 a.m. on Black Friday for a sub-par laptop are over. Or are they? With the popularity of Cyber Monday increasing year after year, shoppers want to know: when can you get better deals, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

In a recent story by USA Today, the pros of shopping on Cyber Monday extend beyond the ability to shop in your pajamas as you recover from all that tryptophan. Major retailers such as Staples, Kohl's, JC Penney and even Ebay have begun extending their Black Fridays sales into Cyber Monday sales online.

Cyber Monday

Top Cyber Monday Deals of 2015

According to Review Journal, some of top Cyber Monday sales you'll find on November 30 are on electronics.

When Does Cyber Monday Start?

Cyber Monday start times vary by retailer, with some launching their sales as early as the evening of Sunday, November 29.

Will Cyber Monday Be More Successful Than Black Friday 2015?

Preliminary figures show that Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales numbers are down for 2015. Sales at brick and mortar locations took the brunt of the decline, but overall estimations are that the 2015 holiday shopping season will still bring in strong sales numbers overall.

Shelley Kohan, vice president of retail consulting at RetailNext, discussed the sales numbers.

"The numbers are down but it's still a better sales trend during the two days than we have seen for physical retail through the year and especially after a very difficult summer and October."

As far as the average discount goes, online sales during Black Friday and online sales during Cyber Monday were nearly on par with each other, with Black Friday online sales coming in at an average 26 percent discount, and Cyber Monday online sales coming in at an average 24 percent discount on normal retail price.

If you're the type that enjoys getting up early and getting nearly trampled to death just to enjoy a discount, you probably did all your shopping on Black Friday already. But for the rest of us, the verdict is in: Cyber Monday offers just as much of a bargain with a lot less hassle.

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