The 8 Best Cyber Monday Stores to Shop in 2021
If you're prepping your holiday shopping plan, note that Cyber Monday falls on November 29 this year. That won't be the only day to shop for great deals, however. In fact, only about 33% of the Cyber Week deals we saw last year started on Cyber Monday itself, but plenty of them ran through the whole week, providing ample opportunities to save. We don't expect Cyber Monday 2021 to be any different.
If a retailer has an online presence, then the odds are good they'll participate for at least one day during this shopping season. And that translates to tons of websites where you can do your Cyber Monday shopping. But with so many to look at, how can you figure out the best places to shop on Cyber Monday? We took a deep dive into the DealNews archives from 2020 to determine which stores will likely have the best deals for Cyber Monday this year.
The Top 8 Cyber Monday Stores to Shop in 2021
Best For: Almost everything, but be ready to hunt for it
As the largest online retailer in the U.S., Amazon unsurprisingly embraces Cyber Monday to the fullest. On the Monday itself last year, we saw nearly three times the number of deals from Amazon as we did from the second-place retailer. Additionally, about 11% of those Amazon offers were Staff Picks, a designation for deals we consider the "best of the best." That percentage might seem low, but it's important to note that in 2020, Black Friday stretched out more than it ever had, which means the deals were more spread out, rather than concentrated into just a few days.
The biggest issue with shopping at Amazon on Cyber Monday is that there's such an overwhelming number of deals. Maybe even more daunting is the fact that these offers include Lightning Deals, which can (and sometimes do) sell out in a flash. Because of that, you'll need patience to sort through the likely thousands of offers Amazon will put out during the week.
Best For: Refurbished and open-box products
Cyber Monday kicks off a strong week of shopping at eBay. Last year, about 31% of the eBay deals we posted during Cyber Week popped up on Monday itself. But you'll find a lot of great offers throughout the rest of the week, as well. Additionally, about 22% of the eBay offers in 2020 were for electronics of some kind, and about 35% of those deals were for refurbs. One of the most popular deals was for a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro, which was about a year old at that point.
Whether you're shopping for smartphones or other items, know that eBay is a great place to look for refurbished and open-box deals. These products make some shoppers nervous, but as long as you check the warranty and return policy before purchasing, you should be able to buy with confidence. And most of the items are just fine, but come at a much lower cost than purchasing new.
Best For: Home goods
Kohl's is one of the best stores for repeat shoppers, thanks to the Kohl's Cash rewards program. It often makes the deals around Cyber Monday some of the best we see all year. If you're in need of home goods like towels, pillows, and blankets, then Kohl's is the place to shop. Last year, 53% of the deals we posted from Kohl's during Cyber Week were for home and garden items. Often prices will drop below $10 each for smaller items, and multipacks can make for excellent deals, as well. For instance, last year the retailer offered a 12-pack of towels that included four bath towels, four hand towels, and four washcloths for $18. That comes out to $1.50 per item.
While soft home goods will probably make up a good selection of the deals, small kitchen appliances can also be good buys at Kohl's. For Cyber Monday last year, Kohl's offered up to 50% off KitchenAid small appliances, cookware, and tools — plus, coupons took up to an extra 20% off, and shoppers earned $15 in Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent.
Dell Home and Dell Technologies
Best For: Computers of all kinds
It shouldn't be shocking to learn that Dell will likely be one of the top stores for computer deals during the 2021 holiday season, and Cyber Week will be one of the best times to save. You might not find a computer with the exact specs you want, but you can expect to find a good range of options and prices to suit practically any budget. Last Cyber Monday, notable deals included an Inspiron 15 3000 laptop for $180, a 27" LED monitor for $250, and a G5 gaming desktop for $600.
Best For: Clothing — especially suits
Every year, Macy's has great deals on select clothing categories. We routinely see offers like kids' coats and jackets for $16 each and adult parkas for an extra 70% off, as well as general outerwear sales taking 60% off or more.
But one area where Macy's really shines is suits. Around Cyber Monday, you can expect to find a number of options to suit any budget (heh). Even better, these suit deals often earn our Staff Pick designation — last year, 80% of Macy's suit deals on Cyber Monday were top-notch offers. The deals included a number of options for only $60 from brands like Club Room, Van Heusen, and Geoffrey Beene. Keep an eye out for brands like Calvin Klein to be featured, too — in 2020, you could grab a 2-piece slim-fit suit for around $100.
Best For: Tools and hardware
We expect Black Friday to have more tool deals than Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday this year. However, if you miss out on Black Friday, don't fret! Home Depot is a great place to find deals the following week, as well. The retailer typically offers category-wide discounts, and while select savings may reach as high as 84% off, tools probably won't see savings that high. That doesn't mean the deals won't be good, though. For example, Home Depot cut up to 62% off a variety of power tools, hand tools, and accessories last Cyber Monday.
If you don't see what you want on Cyber Monday, be sure to check back throughout the week. Many of Home Depot's sales should start in the days after, so you'll have a little time to shop. And if you aren't in a hurry, know that these sales could potentially last well into December.
Best For: Office essentials
Considering the kinds of items that Staples sells, it should come as no surprise that office essentials are your best bet on Cyber Monday. Shop tons of essential categories, including supplies like paper and coffee. You can expect to find savings on other office-centric items, too, like laptops, monitors, and chairs. Some of the most notable offers we saw last year were Keurig K-Cup 24-packs for $10, a 3-ream case of copy paper for $11, an 8-ream carton of multipurpose paper for $24, and a 10-ream case of paper for $29. Even better, all of those deals earned our Staff Pick designation.
Best For: Bedding, clothing, and just about everything else Target sells
Target is well-known for selling a little bit of everything, including its own in-house brands. Some years, the retailer offers a notable sitewide discount for Cyber Monday, though it's changed things up recently. In 2020, many of its discounts were category-specific, but they were still worth checking out.
For instance, last year shoppers could save 30% on outerwear and cold-weather accessories, up to 40% on bed and bath items, and 25% on beauty sets. Items like underwear and socks were part of a "buy one, get 50% off another" promotion. But overall, you can expect to see discounts all week long that go as high as 50% off — if not higher.
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