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Whether you're looking for toys, electronics, housewares, or something else, there's a good chance Amazon will offer a deal for it around Cyber Monday. Our below guide will help you find the best Cyber Monday deals on Amazon amidst its ocean of savings.
Amazon doesn't have an official Cyber Monday ad, but it typically issues a press release with Cyber Monday deal highlights. This sneak preview press release arrived on Black Friday last year. You can expect the same in 2019, meaning the release will likely come out on November 29.
Notices of upcoming Cyber Monday deals may also appear on Amazon's site or app during the weekend after Black Friday.
If Amazon follows last year's schedule, its "Cyber Monday Deals Week" sales will start on the Saturday after Black Friday and go until the following Saturday. That's November 30 to December 7 in 2019.
Honestly? There's not a huge difference. We saw a similar number of deals on Amazon during Black Friday week and Cyber Week last year, though we did post slightly more deals during Cyber Week — and more Staff Pick deals during Black Friday week. (Staff Picks are deals that we consider "the best of the best.") Both weeks are extremely strong times to shop.
Still, you could have better luck shopping certain categories during Cyber Week. For example, during that week in 2018, we posted more Amazon home and garden deals than we did for Black Friday week, plus more gaming and toy deals. Black Friday week boasted more discounts on electronics, clothing, and computers.
Cyber Monday is by far the hottest day of Cyber Week for deals. We saw more than twice as many Staff Pick deals on Monday than we did on any other day that week, as well as more offers in general.
Amazon is the biggest online retailer — you can expect thousands of deals during Cyber Week. Look for discounts on clothing, electronics, housewares, toys, tabletop games, movies, and more.
Several toy and apparel deals were among the most popular Amazon offers we posted last year. But that list included excellent bargains in a wide variety of categories, including a sofa for $189 shipped and a stellar deal on a Samsung Galaxy S9 bundled with an Echo Show, a price low by $180.
One particular deal to watch for: Amazon frequently offers a rare dollar-off book coupon during Cyber Week. Last year, the coupon cut $5 off $20 purchases of physical books.
While you can bag great deals from Amazon without a Prime membership, Prime benefits can still be handy. Members receive early access to select Lightning Deals, which can make all the difference for an item that's in high demand. The 2-day (or faster) Amazon Prime free shipping is a nice perk, too.
If you're interested in an upcoming Lightning Deal, download Amazon's app, then click "Watch this deal" to receive notifications when the deal's about to go live. (It's worth making note of the time yourself for any deals you really want, as we've noticed this feature can be buggy when the app is under heavy load.)
Some Lightning Deals are claimed in minutes (or seconds!), which can be stressful because shoppers can't see prices in advance. But don't worry — after you add a Lightning Deal item to your cart, you'll have a few minutes to think the price over and decide if you want it. A timer will pop up to show you how long you have to complete your purchase. Likewise, even if an item shows as 100% claimed, don't hesitate to add yourself to the waitlist. Many people who added the product to their cart may not follow through with their purchase.
Another reason to download the app is that Amazon sometimes offers discounts during the holiday shopping season to users who try out new app features. For example, last year users could get $5 off by trying out camera search features and "AR" — or augmented reality view — to see what items looked like in the home before buying.
Finally, in the spirit of giving, don't forget that when you shop eligible items via AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of what you spend to the charitable organization you choose.
Readers, what will you be looking for on Cyber Monday? Let us know in the comments.