The turkey is barely bought, and already the deals have begun. Get in early on all the sales happening this now and this Thanksgiving. Here are the Top 10 Tips for Cyber Week Shopping, and the discounts being offered by your favorite brands!
1. Think Cyber Week, Not Day
Black Friday has morphed into Cyber week. Many retailers have already begun sharing the (deal) love.
Amazon – 30% off Best Brands and other once-a-year specials.
Algenist Skincare – 30% off sitewide + FREE shipping.
Athleta – Up to 60% off select styles.
Alo Yoga – 20% off early Black Friday access.
Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase. No code needed. Exclusions apply. Ends 11/27.
Bloomingdale’s – take 25% off items labeled TAKE 25% OFF. Ends 11/28.
Caudalie – 20% off sitewide during Cyber Week.
Charlotte Tilbury – 30% off select makeup magic and skincare superstars. Ends 11/27.
Chico’s – $39 tops + 50% off sale styles. Discount applied in cart. Exclusions apply. Limited time.
Colleen Rothschild – 30% off everything with code BF21.
Dean Davidson – save 30% sitewide. Use code FAB30 to get 30% off and be eligible to win your purchase FREE!
Dermstore – up to 30% off select brands with code BLACK.
Draper James – 30% off sitewide + FREE shipping on orders over $100.
Express – 40% off everything. Some restrictions apply.
J.Crew – 40% off your purchase with code SHOPEARLY. Ends 11/25.
J.Crew Factory – 50% off sitewide + extra 60% off clearance with code NOW. Ends 11/30.
Kendra Scott – extra 30% off all markdowns.
Kiehl’s – 30% off online and in stores. Prices as marked.
Kohl’s – extra 15% off your purchase with code ENJOY15. Exclusions apply. Ends 11/26.
Laura Mercier – 25% off sitewide with code CYBER25. Ends 11/29.
LOFT – 40% off full-price styles + an extra 10% off with code INDULGE. Exclusions apply. Ends 11/24.
Madewell – 30% off your purchase with code OHJOY. Ends 11/28.
Pottery Barn – up to 70% off thousands of items + free shipping on bedding, pillows, throws, and more.
Saks Fifth Avenue – $50 Off your $250 purchase or $100 Off your $500 purchase or $150 Off your $750 purchase or $200 Off your $1000 purchase with code SGNOVSF + save up to 50% on designer items. Ends 11/24.
Soma – 50% off cozy separates + BOGO 50% off bras, sleep, and apparel + PJ sets $49.95 + FREE shipping on $100+ purchase. Limited time only.
Spanx – 20% off everything. Ends 11/30 or while supplies last.
Talbots – 40% off entire purchase. Discount will appear in shopping bag. Exclusions apply. Ends 11/26.
Target – hundreds of amazing deals on 1000s of items.
Tory Burch – $30 off $250+ on select items + up to 50% off sale styles. Discount is valid only on items labeled with “Included in the Event” online. Ends 11/28.
Ulta – Black Friday deals all week long. See site for selection.
Walmart – hundreds of deals across all departments on sale for Black Friday.
White House Black Market – up to 40% off sale styles. Limited time offer.
Williams Sonoma – up to 50% off select items
Yummie – 30% off sitewide, including markdowns with code thanks30 applied automatically at checkout.
Zappos – enjoy early access to thousands of Black Friday deals. See site for details.
2. Make a List
Know in advance what you would like to buy. If you need a casual outfit or something to wear to a holiday party for example, read through posts, check out featured items at the retailer’s website by clicking on the links, and narrow things down so when the deals are posted and available, you’re ready.
3. Use Promo Codes
Wherever you can, use promo codes to get an even better deal over and above what’s posted. Most stores have them listed on the front page of their site. Some retailers have done away with them altogether – no need for a special code this year. I think that is smart.
4. Sign-Up in Advance
Cyber Week deals go fast. Save precious time by signing as soon as possible, giving them all your shipping information, so when you are ready to buy, all you need to do is login and go.
5. Pre-Load Your Shopping Cart
And speaking of doing things in advance, some sites let you pre-load your shopping cart before the sale begins. Take advantage of this where you can – you’ll save lots of time on Cyber Monday.
6. Save Your Receipts, Order Confirmations, and Shipping Boxes
This will make tracking delivery and doing exchanges and returns that much easier.
7. Double-Check Shipping Costs
Some, but not all, stores offer free or discounted shipping costs during Cyber Week. Keep an eye open for that. And beware of shipping ‘deals’, a upsell technique some retailers use, promising you free shipping if you buy a certain dollar amount worth of items. It’s great if you need everything you’re buying, but if you end up with more stuff than you need or want, it’s not a deal.
8. Double Check Shipping Deadlines
Shop early to avoid delays in shipping gifts. Most retailers recommend these dates as deadlines for ordering:
UPS: The following are the recommended last days for shipping gifts domestically for Dec. 24 delivery:
- Ground: Check the UPS website for a quote.
- 3-Day Select: Dec. 21
- 2nd Day Air: Dec. 22
- Next Day Air: Dec. 23
Note: UPS says its service guarantee is suspended on most packages but that starting Oct. 18 and until further notice, it is has made some “operational adjustments,” which includes extending delivery commitment times for UPS Next Day Air from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
FedEx shipping deadlines for holiday packages
The following are the last days to ship gifts within the U.S.:
- FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground: Dec. 15
- FedEx Express Saver, FedEx 3Day Freight: Dec. 21
- FedEx 2Day: Dec. 22
- FedEx 1Day Freight, FedEx Extra Hours: Dec. 23
- FedEx SameDay: Dec. 24
9. Keep your Eye on the Deals of the Day
Limited time deals of the day are popular at Amazon. Be sure to check Amazon on Black Friday and throughout Cyber Week to take advantage of special daily deals and offerings.
10. If Something Is Sold Out, Check these Alternatives
If I absolutely love something that is sold out in one store, rather than give up, I check a few other retailers. Many carry the same brands and you might have luck elsewhere. For example, I find Nordstrom and Amazon overlap quite a bit and sometimes Zappos too.
Over to you. Are you a Cyber Week veteran or newbie? If so, any tips you’d care to share? Or do you steer clear altogether?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and be sure to check back on the blog all week as I bring you some of my favorite deals.