Why does this woman look so smug? She knows something that took me a little while to discover. Despite having worked in the online realm for more than a decade, it’s only in the last few years that I’ve jumped on the Cyber Week bandwagon. There were a few reasons for this but the main one was simply that old habits die-hard.
But once I began to see the many benefits – taking advantage of deals, saving oodles of time, not fighting crowds or showing up at a particular store just to learn that the item I wanted was sold out at that location, and logically and calmly planning and completing my holiday shopping so I could actually sort of relax near Christmas – I kicked myself for not getting onboard – and online – sooner.
If you’re at the same point I was at a few years ago, you might be wondering what the best way is to take advantage of Cyber Week sales? Here are my Top 10 Tips for Cyber Week Shopping.
1. Think Cyber Week, Not Day
Macy’s has some incredible deals this year, which start with their Black Friday doorbusters and continue on into Cyber Week.
Nordstrom has its Black Friday and Cyber Week Previews. There are tons of savings to be had from apparel to home to accessories. And even items I’ve either featured on the blog or that are similar.
Lord+Taylor has gotten a jumpstart on Black Friday and Cyber Week by offering $100 off your $200 purchase with code FRIDAY.
Ann Taylor’s Black Friday sale is already in full swing with 50% off EVERYTHING with code BLACKFRIDAY.
Neiman Marcus also got a head start on Thanksgiving savings. They’ve been running a designer sale with up to 40% off.
Kate Spade kicked off its Black Friday sale by offering a generous 40% off everything with code TGIBF.
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. Check back here later this week when I’ll be posting promo codes for weekend deals. Ditto for my Facebook feed.
4. Sign-Up in Advance
Some Cyber Week deals go fast. Save precious time by signing up in advance and give them all your shipping information and the likes 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 and Order Confirmations
This will make tracking delivery and doing exchanges and returns that much easier.
7. Shop Online, Return In-Store
You can always return things via the post-office but this time of year you run the risk of long lineups there. Another option when you buy something online from a retailer that also has a bricks-and-mortar store is to do an in-store return. Not only is it a little more pleasant, it gives you an opportunity to exchange items for a different size or color.
8. 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.
9. Deal of the Day
While it’s not cast in stone, in general, discounts on electronics tend to be best on Black Friday and discounts of clothes, something near and dear to my heart (LOL!) tend to be better on Cyber Monday.
10. If Something Is Sold Out, Look Around
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.
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