Cyber Monday deals: Electronics are hot, but so is other stuff (+video)
Cyber Monday is in full swing. Here are some ideas about where to look for the best deals, and tips from the experts on how to shop.
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Deals abound for people who want to walk through a virtual mall on Cyber Monday, in search of holiday season gifts. Just don't forget about that important report your boss is interested in.
Electronic goods top the nation's wish list, says Louis Ramirez, senior features writer at dealnews.com, a bargain-focused website that tracks the shopping frenzy. But from clothing to vacation packages, many other items are available at enticing prices.
"There's definitely more deals this year than last year," Mr. Ramirez says. And for many items, the deals will continue past Monday as retailers try to make sure that their crucial season has big sales volume.
"Don't buy toys on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. They'll be a lot cheaper in the two weeks before Christmas," Mr. Ramirez says. The caveat to remember: If there's a particular must-have toy, you need to weigh the prospect that prices may fall against the risk that the toy may sell out.
For tablet computers, by contrast, he says some hot deals have already passed by. The chance to get Apple's older iPad tablet (version three) at lower prices has evaporated, so shoppers hankering for Apple's signature tablet are looking at starting prices of $499 (fourth-generation iPad without cellular access). Similarly, don't expect to find the Google Nexus 7 tablet in stock, in its 16-gigabyte version.
"For TV's, the availability is great," Ramirez says, with retailers moving quickly to match discounts by competitors.
Here are some of the places that may be worth checking out, plus some shopping tips to consider:
• Newegg is advertising "Shell Shocker" and "Eggxtra" deals on computer hardware. In one deal, customers may find that an Android smartphone from Samsung (the Galaxy S Blaze 4G) is "free," if they're ready to sign up for a monthly service plan with T-Mobile.
• Kohl's says deals will flow "all week long," and offers an extra 20 percent off all purchases through Tuesday. For people who want towels or twill pants rather than a tablet, that's pretty attractive. As with most retailers pushing for online revenue, free shipping is also included.