After special promotions and sales over the Thanksgiving weekend, comes her brother Cyber Monday. The online event is the second largest annual shopping festival in the world, and is scheduled to take place on November 29, 2021. Ahead of Cyber Monday 2021, here’s everything you need to know about the event, including exclusive deals you should consider.
What is Cyber Monday?
Unlike its actual counterpart (Black Friday), Cyber Monday is a shopping event based on e-commerce sites. This tradition emerged in the early 2000s when retailers noticed a spike in online shopping every Monday after Thanksgiving. People who can’t afford to devote time or energy to Black Friday sales will look for bargain deals online.
First released in November 2005, Cyber Monday provides a hassle-free way for consumers to purchase products online, while supporting e-commerce retailers. Stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target have huge discounts on several categories, and are running them as a continuation of Black Friday. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, last year Cyber Monday sales reached an all-time high of US$10.8 billion spent by shoppers.
Cyber Monday sales tips
Wishlist or bookmark your products Before you start the sale process is a great way to remember the web page and get to it quickly. During these shopping events, servers tend to take a hit due to more customers trying to access the website.
Follow personal media and retailers on social media It ensures that you stay updated as soon as the product you want is launched. Example – Every time a PlayStation 5 console goes on sale this year, news outlets or journalists immediately notify their followers.
Compare base prices and shipping costs With other retailers and previous year’s sales a great way to make sure you get the best deal. Here, setting a consistent budget should help you beat the temptation.
Finally comes the topic Online safety. One has only to search for offers on the official websites. This can be done either by checking the URL, searching for the “HTTPS Lock” icon, or by not typing the name of the products on the Google search bar. In such cases, scammers tend to poison the Internet with malicious links that mimic actual portals. Therefore, it is suggested that you use the internal search engine of the retailer.
Best deals to take advantage of Cyber Monday
Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not a huge deal in India, many companies are riding the hype to offer huge discounts on electronics.
Mi.com is offering huge discounts on Mi Air Purifier 2 (Rs. 5,999), Redmi phones and other accessories. The Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P, which was originally listed at Rs 2,999, is now available for Rs 21,999. Mi Smart Band 5 from Xiaomi also sees a little discount and sells for Rs 2,299.
At Croma online store, Samsung Galaxy S21+ received a huge discount, dropping the price from 81,999 rupees to 60,999 rupees.
The One Plus 9 5G smartphone is listed on Amazon with a discount coupon of Rs 5,000, priced at Rs 49,999. When you trade in your old phone, the e-commerce giant will give you up to Rs 14,900.
Dyson also hosts Black Friday sales on its website. The Dyson Purifier Hot + Cool is listed at Rs 47,515, down from the original price of Rs 66,900. Meanwhile, the Dyson Pure Cool TP03 Link Tower WiFi Air Purifier is listed in Croma for Rs 24,900.
Additionally, a lot of gaming platforms offer deals on their websites, which you can check out here. The Epic Games Store is also holding a Black Friday sale until November 30, 2021, all at Indian prices. Steam has also launched its annual Fall Sale that offers discounts on titles like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Deathloop.