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Is 'Green Monday' REALLY the Last Day You Can Order Online for Christmas?

Last year Walmart, Best Buy, and Kohl's offered free gift cards, free shipping, and even discounts on TVs and video game consoles.
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You've heard of Cyber Monday, but what about Green Monday? The lesser-known online shopping holiday takes place on the second Monday in December, which is December 11 in 2017. It's said to be one of the best sale days of the year and the last day to order items in time for Christmas.

But is any of that true? Keep reading for everything you need to know about Green Monday.

eBay Invented the Moniker

Wondering where the name Green Monday came from? Here's your answer: eBay.

The e-commerce giant invented the term back in 2007 to mark one of busiest shopping days of the holiday season. That means Green Monday's 10th anniversary is this year.

"Maybe shoppers are logging-on after the weekend, maybe it's procrastination, maybe it's waiting for that holiday bonus, or maybe it's simply waiting patiently for great last-minute deals — no matter the reason, Green Monday continues to be a big online shopping day," eBay Americas Chief Operating Officer Jay Hanson told DealNews.

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According to comScore, Green Monday was the fifth heaviest online shopping day of the 2016 holiday season, ranking behind just these four: Cyber Monday; the day after Cyber Monday; Black Friday; and Friday, December 9. Green Monday online desktop spending increased 15% year over year in 2016 to $1.62 billion, the market research firm said.

It's Not the Last Day You Can Order for Christmas

We're not sure how this rumor got started, but some seem to think Green Monday is the last day you can order online with a guarantee that you'll receive the items by Christmas. That rumor is false.

Loads of retailers offer expedited shipping — often for free — long after Green Monday. Hundreds of retailers even participate in another promotional holiday called Free Shipping Day, which takes place on Friday, December 15, this year. As its name suggests, the day is all about free shipping with no minimum purchase and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.

"Shoppers seem to have a sense of urgency to start checking off their gift lists around this time of the year," eBay's Hanson said in an email. "But, there's definitely still time to shop after Green Monday."

It Is the Last Chance for Big Discounts Before Christmas

Our investigation reveals that Green Monday is likely to be the last online shopping day before Christmas where you'll be able to snag significant Black Friday- or Cyber Monday-like savings from many retailers.

Online Green Monday spending reached $1.6 billion last year.

"While the term Green Monday has never really caught on with consumers, the second Monday in December signals major retailers' last big push to offer holiday shoppers savings on gifts," online shopping expert Brent Shelton of Black Friday deals site BFAds.net told DealNews.

Without a doubt, Green Monday is aimed at last-minute deal hunters.

Expect Sizable Savings

Though eBay coined the phrase, a number of other big retailers have jumped on the Green Monday bandwagon. Target, Kohl's, Walmart, Amazon, Overstock.com, and Best Buy have all run promotions on Green Monday in the past.

Shelton said that in 2016, retailers offered some of their best deals of the year on Green Monday. Target, for instance, offered $10 off $50 purchases and $25 off orders of $100; Kohl's offered 30% off plus free gift cards and free shipping; and Best Buy knocked $50 off video game consoles.

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Walmart celebrated Green Monday 2016 with a 25-page circular full of deals on everything from TVs and game consoles to laptops, headphones, kitchen appliances, and more. The megaretailer offered the then-new Apple TV for less than $100 ($49.99 off) and a 60" Samsung Smart TV for $577.99 ($1,122 off).

eBay, meanwhile, has marked the occasion in years past with new deals every hour.

Do Your Homework

Many of the sales this year will include free shipping and be as good, if not better, than the deals we saw during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Shelton predicted. On the downside, Green Monday discounts can be "much more selective, have limited inventory, short pricing cycles, and [be] harder to find," he added. So, it's not a bad idea to spend some time planning your Green Monday purchases, and checking out deal sites (like DealNews!) that aggregate and call out the best sales.

"Items like toys, video games, and electronic gadgets can see their best prices of the season, so those that held off from spending during Thanksgiving weekend can get rewarded for their patience if they have intel on where to shop," Shelton said.

You Can Save Serious Coin on Green Monday

If you still have some names left on your holiday shopping list, it's definitely worth checking out the sales on Green Monday. eBay, for one, has promised to offer "amazing prices on a large selection of inventory" on December 11.

"eBay will be offering a great selection of in-demand inventory with deals popping up throughout the day in all categories including electronics, video games, gift cards, and more," Hanson said. "We expect this year's deals to attract plenty of last-minute shoppers."


Contributing Writer

Angela is a DealNews contributor focused on consumer technology. You can also find her byline at PCMag.com. Follow her on Twitter at @amoscaritolo.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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