What Is Green Monday? Don't Miss the Green Monday Sales in 2021

Look for discounts from Target, eBay, Home Depot, and other retailers during the December shopping holiday.
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This holiday season, there's another day to add to your must-shop calendar: Green Monday. If you're like many people, you might be wondering, "What's Green Monday?" and "When is Green Monday?" And does it offer any real deals?

We give you the Green Monday lowdown below, so you'll know what to expect from this shopping holiday in 2021.

What Is Green Monday?

Green Monday is the brainchild of eBay and falls on the second Monday of December. The marketplace giant reportedly created the term back in 2007, describing one of its biggest sales days. Green Monday has since caught on elsewhere in the retail world, and now you can find Green Monday sales from all types of stores.

Green Monday is the second Monday of December, which is December 13 in 2021.

But when is Green Monday, exactly? This year, the second Monday of the month is December 13. That's today! And what can you expect? For sure there will be deals, but probably not the epic ones found on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Whether you're waiting for last-minute bargains or just procrastinating on your holiday shopping, Green Monday is an opportunity to save. According to a spokesperson for eBay, the event continues to be a big online shopping day and has consistently ranked as one of eBay's top five sales days of the year; in 2017, it ranked as eBay's third-highest sales day during the holidays.

How to Make the Most of Green Monday 2021

You can use a few tricks to make sure you're really getting a bargain on Green Monday.

First, check on price matching. Many stores suspend price matching during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but allow it again by the time Green Monday rolls around. For example, Best Buy won't price match from the Friday before Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, but does offer price matching throughout the rest of the holiday season. Then there are stores like Target, which has a special price matching policy that's good through December 24.

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Keep an eye out for free Christmas shipping promotions around Green Monday, too. Just don't count on them. Retailers know consumers are in a rush to order online before the holidays arrive, and they could offer free and fast shipping, though it isn't likely. Due to this year's shipping delays, as well as more expensive shipping in general, we may see fewer free shipping promotions overall. And those we do see likely won't be for expedited orders.

Don't forget to check Amazon either. The online retailer has offered tons of holiday deals throughout both November and December, including a 12 Days of Deals event that has previously kicked off around Green Monday. There's a chance we could see solid Green Monday discounts from the retailer again in 2021.

What to Expect From Green Monday Sales

Last year, retailers like Reebok, Home Depot, and Best Buy identified their sales as Green Monday sales, but others didn't. Stores such as adidas and J.Crew Factory branded their events on Green Monday with other language, like "End of Year Sale" and "Flash Sale."

Reebok, Home Depot, and Best Buy all had Green Monday sales last year.

In 2020, the discounts were pretty varied, but most seemed to be between 10% off and 50% off on average. For example, last year we saw Dick's Sporting Goods take up to 50% off during its Green Monday sale, with free shipping on $49. And Kohl's took up to 80% off, plus it boasted an extra 15% or 20% off orders of $100 and free shipping on $75.

Other retailers will likely go above that 50% mark on Green Monday, as well. In 2020, for instance, Monoprice knocked up to 70% off and offered free shipping during its Green Monday sale. Another notable Green Monday sale came from Lenovo, which knocked up to 73% off its Green Monday doorbusters.

What should you look for this year from the Green Monday originator itself? If past trends continue, expect promos like an extra 15% off certified refurbished items at eBay on Green Monday, as well as deals on tech products, home items, tools, and more.

Should You Shop on Green Monday?

So should you shop or stay off your computer on Green Monday? It's at least worth checking out deals on December 13 for items on your shopping list. Though we're expecting massive shipping delays from many retailers, that doesn't mean you won't find great deals today.

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To keep tabs on products you're shopping for, consider setting up a DealNews deal alert. You can fill in the preferred product category, store, brand, keyword, and/or price range. Then you can get a heads up if a deal drops on Green Monday (or any other day!).

It's (Usually) Not the Last Call for Christmas Shipping

Despite what you may have heard about Green Monday, this isn't typically the last day you can shop online and get your items in time for Christmas. And we expect many retailers to offer deals on expedited shipping through late December in order to capture more sales online. However, with the severe shipping delays expected this year, Green Monday may be the last chance to get your items under the tree in time.

Ready to shop? Check out the Green Monday deals available right now!


DealNews Contributing Writer

Sheryl Nance-Nash is a New York City-based freelance writer specializing in personal finance, small business, general business, and travel. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Money, DailyFinance.com, Forbes.com, and many more.
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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