By Frank Lewis
Up until a few years ago, there really was no way to escape the Black Friday crowd and still find bargains when looking for the best Christmas gift ideas – then came Cyber Monday.
According to CNNMoney – Cyber Monday is the Internet’s answer to Black Friday, the American retail holiday where stores discount just about everything and throw open their doors to crowds of shoppers at midnight following Thanksgiving. Of course, it’s been years since Black Friday started on Friday. Many retailers, including Toys “R” Us and Walmart, open on Thanksgiving.
CNN says Toys “R” Us is touting, among its steepest Cyber Sunday discounts, the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Gold Mine Mountain Set at half price, for $80. On Cyber Monday the retailer will have the Barbie Malibu Dream House for $95, down from $135, and the Tonka 12-volt Dump Truck Ride-On for $200, down from $350.
Walmart also has a wide variety of cyber deals, including discounted drones, which will be among the hottest products this year, according to CNN.
No one epitomizes Cyber Monday like Amazon and Amazon is offering discounts for a wide variety of products including electronics ($200 off Lenovo laptop,) toys (60% off Ginormous Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel,) home (60% off Singer sewing machine) and sports (50% off Elliptical machine.)
Amazon revealed its plans for Cyber Monday, and it’s basically Black Friday part 2, including the same great deals on Kindle e-readers (starting at $50). You’ll simply find slightly different TVs, computers, headphones and smartwatches to replace the ones that expired on Black Friday.
They’re offering a $99.99 Kindle Paperwhite (regular price starts at $119); $30 off Kindle and Kindle for Kids Bundle $34.99 Fire 7-inch tablet (regularly $50); Fire Kids Edition for $84.99 (regularly $100); $25 off Amazon Fire TV (regularly $100)
Electronics deals for Cyber Monday week include:
Amazon Echo for $149 (normally $180); Amazon Cloud Drive with one year of Unlimited Photo storage for $1 (normally $12); Amazon Cloud Drive — one year of Unlimited Everything storage for $5 (normally $60); An LG 60-inch 1080p TV for “less than $700”; A “top-selling 48-inch 4K TV Home Theater Bundle” for “less than $600”; Vizio 54-inch 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar for “less than $300.”
Other great Amazon deals include, 60 percent off MEE audio Sport-Fi M6 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones (normally $30, currently $18); $100 off Philips Fidelio Noise-Cancelling Headphones (originally $300, currently $199); $100 “or more” off on select LED and curved monitors from Samsung; $200 off a “Intel-powered Lenovo 2-in-1 laptop”; 25 percent off a “top-rated HD action camera” and many more.
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Other favorite Cyber Monday deals include free shipping on orders of $99 or more from Eddie Bauer; Ten percent discount for service members and first responders from Under Armour; free shipping on Levi’s orders of $50 or more; purchase any pair of sunglasses for full price from Sunglass Hut and get $40 off a second full-price pair.
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