Many shoppers spend the month of November eagerly awaiting Black Friday, only to call their shopping done as soon as the holiday wraps up. However, if you aren't considering Cyber Monday, you may be missing out. So are Cyber Monday deals worth it?
Check out our guide below to get an answer to that question, and learn what to buy on Cyber Monday.
Is Cyber Monday Worth It?
If you're asking, "Is Cyber Monday worth it?" the short answer is yes! In 2017 and 2018, we saw more deals on Cyber Monday than on Black Friday. And though Cyber Monday had fewer deals last year compared to Black Friday, it was still close. So these Monday offers are certainly worth checking out.
For one thing, retailers typically offer sitewide coupons on Cyber Monday. Even better, the coupons often stack, resulting in excellent price lows. In some cases, Cyber Monday deals are even better than their Black Friday equivalents.
4 Things That Are BETTER to Buy on Cyber Monday
In 2019, we deemed about 50% of the deals we listed on Cyber Monday to be Staff Pick-worthy, or "best of the best" offers, and many were price lows. Unfortunately, those weren't always exceptional — some deals were as little as $1 cheaper than what the items cost on Black Friday. Still, other Cyber Monday offers are total steals, saving you $30 or more compared to the Black Friday price.
Read on for our list of things to buy on Cyber Monday. And note that this is just general advice — Thanksgiving and Black Friday can have good deals on the below products, too.
Whether you're looking for a full sound system or a portable Bluetooth speaker, Cyber Monday will provide great opportunities to save. Honestly, the number of speaker deals we see on Cyber Monday will likely be similar to Thanksgiving's tally, and perhaps Black Friday's, too. While we tend to see more high-quality portable speaker deals on Thanksgiving, Black Friday is good for other speakers. But Cyber Monday offers a nice showing of both.
Watch for bookshelf speaker pairs to fall to around $50 on Cyber Monday, depending on the brand. Additionally, soundbars could be as little as $48, and floorstanding speakers could drop to $55. One of the best deals we saw last year featured a pair of Infinity Reference 5" speakers for $135. That deal was $30 less than what we'd seen in September, as well as being $315 off list price and the outright lowest price we could find.
We expect to see more toy deals on Cyber Monday than on Thanksgiving or Black Friday. If last year's trend repeats, the online shopping holiday should have more than 1.5 times as many toy deals as Thanksgiving did, and four times as many Staff Picks. It'll also have more than three times the amount of Staff Pick offers as Black Friday. In fact, we expect roughly 58% of the toy deals on Cyber Monday to be among the best of the best. So is it worth waiting for Cyber Monday for toy purchases? Absolutely!
If you're shopping for toys, look for Amazon to take up to 50% off a variety of products. Plus, it's bound to knock up to an extra 40% off select LEGO sets. Target, meanwhile, will likely take an extra 15% off a variety of items — including video games — for Cyber Monday.
Keep an eye out for super-cheap Funko figures, as well. Last year, Walmart sold them for as little as $2. Additionally, LEGO BrickHeadz could be as little as $9. Both of these make excellent stocking stuffers or gift swap items.
On Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday 2019, we listed a similar number of Staff Picks and total deals in the clothing category. However, Cyber Monday just barely edged ahead of Thanksgiving. We listed 102 clothing deals on both Thursday and Monday, but Cyber Monday had slightly more Staff Picks — 45, compared to Thanksgiving's 42.
Expect excellent savings on a variety of sartorial pieces this Cyber Monday. For example, men's sleep pants will likely be as low as $5, graphic T-shirts could cost $6, and polos will probably start at $6, as well. Shopping for women? Last year we saw a 32 Degrees Luxe Fur jacket for only $15 and leggings from $6.
There will no doubt be excellent individual deals, but sales should also be notable. Amazon had ugly holiday sweaters for as little as $11 last year, for instance, while Men's Wearhouse knocked up to 70% off during its sale. Amazon also cut prices on baby and kids' clothing items by up to 50%, and Target took 30% off clothing and accessories, plus an extra 15% off. Many sales will offer up discounts of 50% off or more, providing a great opportunity to stock your closet with cold-weather-appropriate clothing.
While Black Friday may have a few more laptop deals, Cyber Monday is a close second. In 2019, we saw roughly the same amount of laptop deals on Friday and Monday, but Cyber Monday won out with more Staff Picks. So you may be asking yourself, "Should I wait for Cyber Monday to buy a laptop?" Really, the choice is up to you. However, if you miss out on a doorbuster on Black Friday, you can absolutely still find a solid deal on Cyber Monday.
Amazon, for one, will likely feature laptop deals on Cyber Monday. Last year it offered up to 40% off Chromebooks and had individual offers, as well. Otherwise, look to Dell for the best deals. You should be able to find Chromebooks for $125 or even less on Monday, too, and gaming laptops for as little as $550.
Readers, what are you planning to buy on Cyber Monday? Are Cyber Monday deals worth it, in your opinion? Let us know in the comments below!