Cyber Monday 2016 is finally here, and those looking for the best deals on electronics, video games, and all other kinds of holiday gifts will have a lot of work to do wading through the biggest sales.
It can be difficult for shoppers to figure out which deals on Cyber Monday are actually worth taking, which ones are different than Black Friday, or whether there might be better sales coming a little later in the year. So below is a guide of all the best deals for this Cyber Monday 2016.
Once a normal day of rest and returning to work just a decade ago, the Monday following Thanksgiving has transformed into one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when online retailers offer deep discounts in the hope of enticing some computer-bound people to knock off a chunk of their Christmas shopping.
It may end up as the busiest shopping day of the entire year. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, a total of $3.36 billion is expected to be spent on Cyber Monday 2016, which is actually higher than the $3.05 billion projected for Black Friday.
And as the report found, most people who want to get Cyber Monday 2016 shopping done while at work won’t have much to worry about. Most employers will allow a reasonable amount of online shipping during work hours, so long as it doesn’t interfere with work duties. That is a major boost to retailers looking to squeeze in more revenue.
“Trying to hide your on-the-job Cyber Monday shopping – as long as it is within reason — may not even be necessary. Sixty-five percent of employers either allow their employees unrestricted access to do online shopping or allow access but monitor it for excessive use, according to a recent survey of more than 1,400 companies in the U.S. and Canada by Robert Half Technology, a staffing firm based in Menlo Park California. The survey found that about one-third of companies actually block access to online shopping sites.”
For shoppers looking for the best deals on Cyber Monday 2016, Wired compiled a list of the electronics that will have the biggest discounts. They include a Samsung 65-inch 4K Ultra Smart HD TV from Walmart marked down from $2,200 to $998 and another one from Samsung — a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge or Galaxy S7, free Gear VR, $250 eCertificate, and $50 in the Oculus store for $770, marked down from $1,170.
There are a lot more Cyber Monday 2016 sales beyond electronic toys. USA Today found a couple of the great sales on stuff for the home, from juicers to precision cookers.
- Black + Decker LDX120C 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver ($34.49, SAVE $11.50) The #1 selling cordless drill/driver on Amazon is $10 cheaper than we’ve ever seen it before.
- Breville Multi-Speed Juicer ($125.49, SAVE $74.50) Another #1 best seller in its category. 900 watts of health-making goodness.
- Anova Bluetooth Precision Cooker ($99, SAVE $50) This immersion circulator for sous vide cooking won our award for Best Cooking Gadget of 2016.
But not all Cyber Monday 2016 deals are created equal. Forbes has a run-down of all the online sales offered by Walmart for the Monday after Thanksgiving, finding that some are great (like a Samsung 60-inch 1080p HD Smart LED TV and $80 Walmart Gift Card for $579, a savings of $1,120) while others not so much (like the Promark P70 VR Drone for $99 that is already out of stock and has a less-than stellar rating from shoppers).
Those looking for other great Cyber Monday 2016 deals can find more information from engadget. USA Today has a more comprehensive list that includes all the best sales on tools, drones, supplies for children and babies, and just about any other category of shopping you can image for Cyber Monday.
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