If you intend to shop Cyber Monday deals for major purchases and gifts, Cyber Monday 2021 is coming soon. Traditionally following Black Friday by three days, Cyber Monday sales can differ from merchant to merchant. Some retailers continue their Black Friday deals through the weekend and end at midnight on Monday. Other merchants reserve Cyber Monday deals for special product categories. You’ll find a variety of approaches to what is for many the last big sales event of the year.
When is Cyber Monday 2021?
Cyber Monday 2021 is November 29. Cyber Monday sales are not generally advertised or promoted as heavily as Black Friday deals because merchants don’t want shoppers to hold off from shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As soon as Black Friday passes, however, you can expect to find loads of ads and promotions for Cyber Monday deals.
When do Cyber Monday deals start?
Cyber Monday 2021 may be on Monday, November 29, but it’s more accurate to say Cyber Monday deals begin when Black Friday ends. The key to the answer to the question is, for X retailer, when does their Black Friday promotion end. Some merchants begin Cyber Monday sales at 12:01 P.M. on the Saturday after Black Friday. Other retailers prefer to take advantage of the greater historic merchandising power of Black Friday and continue their Black Friday sales until 11:59 P.M on Sunday, immediately after which Cyber Monday deals kick off.
Best Cyber Monday deals we saw last year
During Cyber Monday 2020, as in previous years, many merchants features tech products heavily. Perhaps playing off the “Cyber” element in the sales event’s name, there were excellent Cyber Monday sales on TVs, laptops, and smartphones in particular plus smartwatches, headphones, smart home devices, and smart home appliances. Cyber Monday deals on tech products are always a big draw, especially since merchants emphasize their inventory depth of tech products for their Cyber Monday sales. .
We saw some amazing deals on 4K TVs during Cyber Monday 2020, especially from Samsung. One of the outstanding deals was a $530 sale on a 70-inch Samsung TV.
Business laptops, Chrome books, and the rapidly growing gaming laptop category all had great Cyber Monday discounts. Gamers require the hottest performing hardware to be competitive, so gaming laptops on sale for less than $1,000 at Best Buy were a particularly impressive Cyber Monday deals.
We also saw jaw-dropping Cyber Monday sales for smartphones last year, an not just from Apple and Samsung. Motorola and Google Pixel phones, for example, had deep discounts during Cyber Monday 2020.
What Cyber Monday deals we expect to see this year
Cyber Monday 2021 won’t be an exact repeat of last year’s event. The pandemic continues to disrupt supply chains and therefore production and shipping of many goods, but the tech world, in particular, continues to evolve. Smartphones and smartwatches have seen some of he greatest developmental shifts since Cyber Monday 2020, but TVs, tablets, and many work from home categories have also advanced.
With OLED and QLED TV screens still the rage, we’ll see strong Cyber Monday deals on large, high-end TVs, but we’re even more sure there will be loads and loads of Cyber Monday sales on large screen TVs with older display technologies. Does that mean you should hold out for only the best display tech? That depends on your budget and willingness to pay extra for what can be a minimal improvement for many viewers. We won’t be surprised to see discounts approaching 40% on the largest screen sizes of non-premium TV models from from many manufacturers. Amazon’s recently announced Fire TV Omni Series will undoubtedly put price pressure on other brands to slash prices as deeply as they can.
New smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft offer changes ranging from incremental storage and battery life to folding or dual displays. This year, however, 5G, is more influential for smartphone sales than a few more camera pixels and tweaked biometric security sensors. 5G offerings from various carriers hasn’t yet reached a universal standard and 5G coverage areas can be inconsistent. However, the growing availability of the various flavors of 5G strengthens the attraction. That plus noticeable battery life decreases with you use a non-5G phones in a 5G coverage area will push many buyers to upgrades. Carriers are more aggressive than ever and more generous in their offers to attract new customers and to keep existing ones. Between trade-in allowances, switching bonuses, and new line consumer spiffs, Cyber Monday deals on smartphones could be amazing from major carriers Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. Your next smartphone may be discounted 50% or more depending on the model and carrier promotional discounts and credits.
We also expect competition between retailers and brands for Cyber Monday deals on gaming hardware and furniture. Office chairs continue to be in demand as well as standing desks and other work from home furniture and accessories
Who has the best Cyber Monday deals?
So, we don’t have crystal balls, nor do we have inside information about who will have the Best Cyber Monday deals this year. However, we can confidently predict which retailers will have the strongest Cyber Monday sales specific product categories. How can we predict without seeing private memos? History. Merchants large and small live by inventory turnover and profit by controlling costs on tight cost-sale margins in an increasingly competitive retail marketplace. Those factors leave little room for error. Therefore, if a merchant did well last year in specific product categories, we can expect they’ll focus on largely the same product mix and discounting approach for Cyber Monday 2021 that worked in 2020.
So let’s talk about TVs. Based on the past few years, Walmart will have the largest selection of the best deals on TVs. Best Buy will be the runner-up. If you’re going to shop for a Cyber Monday deal on a new TV, at the minimum you should price check between Walmart and Best Buy. Target doesn’t carry anywhere near the variety of TV models as Walmart and Best Buy, but Target occasionally has special sales on specific TV models leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The one new element in TV deal shopping during Cyber Monday this year is Amazon’s new Fire TV Omni Series. With TVs from 43-inches to 75-inches, and total control of the brand, Amazon may knock the bottom out of the 4K TV market with prices that ruin the Thanksgiving turkey leftover meals of the executives of other TV brands and competing retailers. However, nothing that happens during Cyber Monday 2021 will have any effect on this Cyber Monday deals — any potential aftershock will delay till Cyber Monday 2022.
Amazon will rack up the largest dollar volume worldwide during Cyber Monday sales, but Walmart may carry the day in the U.S. alone. Amazon and Walmart both feature Cyber Monday sales on small home appliances such as Instant Pots, Dyson vacuums, air fryers, coffee makers, air purifiers. Amazon will have a larger selection but Walmart may have better deals on select popular products. Neither Amazon nor Walmart carry large appliances, however, so if you’re looking for a Cyber Monday deal on a new refrigerator or oven, for example, check out Best Buy, Wayfair, Home Depot, Lowes, and ABT Electronics.
If you’re searching for the best Cyber Monday deals on computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart watches, set up quick cross checks with between Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. And don’t ignore the manufacturer websites for great deals as well, sometimes looking directly at the brand website can save you a lot of time digging through merchant sites.
If you’re on the hunt for furniture or home accessories such as rugs and curtains, don’t skip Wayfair. The furniture sales disrupter also has deals on appliances, mattresses, and grills. Online mattress sales by Tempur-Pedic, Nectar, Casper, Serta, Saatva, and more have become a very big and extremely competitive business — comparison shopping among the brands can be tricky, but we expect the major manufacturer will have astounding Cyber Monday deals .
Are things cheaper on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday deals can be different from Black Friday deals, but the differences are highly specific to merchants and product categories as well as brands and specific models. If you see a killer price for a product on your must-buy list (see below), our advice is to make the move and not wait for a possible lower price later. Not only may you never see a lower price, the product you wanted may sell out because inventories aren’t infinite, even at Amazon.
If you’re wondering whether you should hold off for Cyber Monday 2021 when you see an excellent price during Black Friday sales, again we advise that you not wait. If the product is on your nice-to-have(but-not-necessary) list, you won’t lose much if the item sells our or has a price increase – either of which can and does happen at times.
In general, and the difference is minimal, Black Friday sale prices overall can be a bit lower than Cyber Monday sale prices, but usually on a minority of the products offered for sale. Most merchants have the same or almost identical prices for most products during both sales events, but you’ll als