5 Things You Won't Believe About Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday is right around the corner. Here are 5 things you should know before you proceed to checkout.
1. That “exclusive” deal may not be so exclusive after all
One of the tricks retailers use to pull you in is to create special custom SKUs and model numbers for products. This subtle sleight of hand makes it more difficult for you to comparison shop. If you search for a specific SKU, the product may be hard to find on other sites, leading you to believe you are getting an “exclusive deal.”
What you can do: Instead of searching by SKU or model number, search StealEngine for the product by name and brand. Do a few searches to see what yields the best results. Then, read the product specifications carefully to ensure the product is the exact model you are seeking.
2. Cyber Monday can get you fired
Cyber Monday was created in 2005 after marketers noticed an uptick in online sales when employees logged onto hi-speed internet at work after Thanksgiving, so it has always been linked to the frowned-upon practice of shopping on company time. Employers have even fired employees for scoring holiday deals.
What you can do: Do your research beforehand. On Sunday night, update your StealEngine WishList. During your lunch hour on Monday, look through your StealEngine email alerts for the best deals. Hours of company time are condensed to mere minutes of your break.
3. Cyber Monday can break the Internet
Think all big retailers can handle the insane web traffic on Cyber Monday? Not quite. Last year, Target’s site crashed for 40 minutes under a deluge of deal seekers.
What you can do: Don’t rely on just one retailer on the 2nd biggest shopping day of the year. Plenty of sites (not just the major ones) will be offering huge savings and many will offer free shipping. Update your StealEngine WishList so you have an array of deals to choose from, on various sites. That way, when one site goes dark, you’ll know exactly where to look next.
4. You may not get caught in a stampede, but…
The bodily perils of shopping in brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday are well documented, but Cyber Monday’s risks are of a stealthier kind. Hackers will be out in force, targeting shoppers whose zeal for savings may lead them to overlook some classic hacking tactics.
What you can do: Check out articles like this one for tips on how to avoid being hacked. Take your time and be alert to anything that looks suspicious.
5. Cyber Monday isn’t your last chance for incredible deals
If you miss deals on Monday or you haven’t had time to finalize your holiday shopping list, it is not too late. With faster shipping times, the online holiday shopping season has extended over the years.
What you can do: Update your StealEngine WishList before Green Monday (December 12th) and Free Shipping Day (December 16th) to get alerts on more incredible deals!