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What to Expect From Amazon Cyber Monday Sales in 2017

Amazon will have sales throughout Cyber Week, but look for the best deals on Cyber Monday.
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Amazon's Cyber Monday sale is like a vast deal wilderness. But how can you find the fabled hot deals among the ho-hum discounts? We've got the tips you need to navigate the Lightning Deals, waitlists, Prime perks, and more.

When Will the Amazon Cyber Monday Sale Start?

Amazon will post great deals throughout the weekend following Black Friday, but you should still expect the best (and most) deals on Cyber Monday itself.

When Is the Best Time to Shop?

That's a complex question! Many of Amazon's best discounts will be Lightning Deals — offers only available for a few hours — and the best of these will be claimed within seconds of becoming available. Amazon wants to keep shoppers coming back to the site throughout the weekend, checking the upcoming deals, and doing their best to snag short-lived deals.

The best Lightning Deals will be claimed within seconds of becoming available, so be prepared!

If that style of shopping isn't for you, we offer this tip: Cyber Monday's deals will be the best in quantity and quality. We saw almost as many Editors' Choice deals on Cyber Monday last year as on Saturday and Sunday combined. Some Cyber Monday-only deals in 2016 included up to 50% off a wide selection of toys, up to 50% off athletic shoes, and a coupon that took $10 off $25 in books.

We're hoping Amazon will continue the trend it started during this summer's Prime Day sale, and limit the deals offered during the very late night and early morning hours. Deal hunters need sleep, too!

Does the Sale Continue Into Cyber Week?

Cyber Monday will offer some of the best single-day deals, but expect attractive new sales to pop up throughout Cyber Week. For example, last year we saw single-day sales later in Cyber Week offering up to 60% off Thermos items, up to 60% off pajamas for the family, and more.

Plus, some deals will be active the whole week. Last year we saw an extra 30% off Amazon Fashion items; that deal was active from the Saturday following Black Friday through the next Saturday.

SEE ALSO: These 10 Stores Will Have the Best Cyber Monday Deals in 2017

What Will Be on Sale?

Amazon is the biggest online retailer — you can expect thousands of deals from it during Cyber Week. Look for discounts on clothing, electronics, housewares, toys, tabletop games, movies, and more.

Amazon's most popular deals last year were freebies: free digital goods (like Android apps and audiobooks), along with beauty boxes filled with makeup and grooming samples. The latter weren't technically free, but instead came bundled with Amazon credits equal to their cost.

Other popular offers included deep discounts on coats, scissors for $1, and Dockers men's cargo pants for $12.

Tips for Shopping the Amazon Cyber Monday Sale

Prime members get early access to deals
Forget free shipping — some of the best deals won't even be available to shoppers without Prime memberships. Prime members get access to many deals 30 minutes before other shoppers. And with an estimated 90 million U.S. Prime members as of September, it's no surprise that hot deals can get snapped up within seconds!

SEE ALSO: What Is Amazon Prime: All of the Benefits You Get With a Membership

That leaves non-Prime shoppers glumly staring at the "100% claimed" notices and picking through more lukewarm offerings. If you're considering a Prime membership, check out our list of the many perks it offers.

Browse upcoming Lightning Deals
As we've mentioned, many of the best offers are Lightning Deals that people claim incredibly quickly. Complicating matters, you can't see the item's price until the deal goes live. So how do you snag those savings?

First, you want to browse upcoming deals. If you see an item you're interested in, hit the "watch this deal" button on your Amazon app or browser window. You'll get a notification when the deal goes live. As soon as you can see it, add it to your cart — you'll have 15 minutes to review the price and decide whether to make the purchase.

To snap up Lightning Deals, sign up for instant notifications with the "watch this deal" button on Amazon.

Not swift enough? Don't hesitate to add yourself to the waitlist. There's a good chance you'll get offered the deal anyway if the savings don't meet someone else's standards.

There is one caveat: If there's an item you're very interested in, you may want to make note of the time it goes live and watch the page yourself. It's our experience that Amazon's "watch this deal" notifications are a little unreliable during times of heavy traffic.

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Contributing Writer

Formerly a content writer for DealNews, Erin Coduti now brings that experience to the blog team as a freelancer. Previously, she wrote for a television news station and a literary fan magazine.
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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