The holiday season is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to save some money on gifts for your loved ones (and yourself). With all Black Friday deals going on right now, there are discounts on just about anything you might need.
And what about Cyber Monday? The famous online shopping holiday always starts after Black Friday and usually offers similar discounts from major retailers. If you’re wondering if you should wait for the Cyber Monday sale to make a purchase, the answer is usually no. The differences between Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost non-existent these days, and if you find a lot of deals today, you really have no reason to hesitate.
Black Friday vs Cyber Monday
Historically, Cyber Monday sales have been better for online shoppers. This is largely due to the fact that Black Friday has been something of a regular event in years past. However, the days when the best discounts were reserved only for people who sleep in tents are almost over, and almost all major retailers have all their discounts online. Because of this, the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals has practically become negligible.
While these two retail holidays are largely intertwined, there are still reasons to prefer one over the other.
Black Friday deals started very early this year as retailers encouraged people to shop earlier than ever. This is most likely due to some lingering supply chain issues that continue to hamper the delivery of some products. While you should be able to deliver most items on time for Christmas, even if you make a purchase on Cyber Monday, buying early will pretty much ensure you have time to ship it back and get a refund on time if needed. For this reason, it may make more sense to make the most of your purchases now rather than later.
Another thing to keep in mind is that some discounts will be associated with a certain number of promotions. Some of the biggest Black Friday deals are on large items like laptops, TVs and game consoles, which can sell out quickly. While some retailers will keep some stock for sale on Cyber Monday, many of these items will be sold out before the weekend arrives. In the case of TVs, some of the best Black Friday TV deals are past year models, and once they sell out, that’s it.
One of the biggest advantages of shopping on Cyber Monday deals over Black Friday deals is that they don’t usually happen right in the middle of family time. Since most Cyber Monday sales start on the weekend, it can be much more enjoyable to shop then than right after Thanksgiving dinner.
Explanation of the terms Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The term “Black Friday” dates back to 1869, but the most recent interpretation of the term dates back to the 1980s. It is at this time that retailers will see an increase in profits at this time of year, as evidenced by the use of black ink (rather than red). After that, the window between Thanksgiving and the weekend became known in the media as Black Friday. These days, Black Friday seems to refer to most of November as retailers start offering discounts the day after Halloween.
The term “Cyber Monday” is relatively recent compared to Black Friday. This is a marketing term used to describe the increase in e-commerce transactions that occurred on the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term itself was coined in 2005 and became popular thanks to a Shop.org press release. While it was originally used to encourage more people to shop online, it has since become one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
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