Want to take advantage of all the sales happening this Thanksgiving and wondering what the best way is to do that is? Here are Top 10 Tips for Cyber Week Shopping.
1. Think Cyber Week, Not Day
Black Friday has morphed into Cyber week. Many retailers have already begun sharing the (deal) love.
Amazon has kicked off its Cyber Monday extravaganza with lots of tech deals as well as in other departments.
Ann Taylor is giving customers a generous 50% off everything + free shipping with your code CYBER. Ends 12/1.
Banana Republic is also offering up to 75% off everything + an additional 10% off with code BRCYBER. Ends 11/30.
BareMinerals is offering 30% off everything + free shipping sitewide with code is BESTMONDAY. Ends 11/30.
Bloomingdale’s – Take 20% off any purchase of $100-$249. Take 25% off any purchase of $250-$499. Take 30% off any purchase of $500+ items labeled UP TO 30% OFF + take an 15% off your beauty purchase of $100+. Ends 12/1.
Boden USA – 30% off select womenswear items with code N7X7.
Chico’s fans take 50% off your purchase with code 32629. Some exclusions apply. Ends 12/1.
Colleen Rothschild is offering exclusive deals + 30% off regular priced items with code CM2020.
Dean Davidson 30% off sitewide + free shipping on all orders (no discount code necessary). Ends 11/30.
Gap shoppers can take 50% off everything (discount applied at checkout) + extra 10% off everything with code GAPCYBER. Ends 12/1.
J.Crew – 50% off your purchase + take an extra 10% off with code CYBER. Ends 12/30.
Karen Kane is giving customers 30% off sitewide with code 30NOW.
Kohl’s – Take an extra 20% off your in-store and online purchase with code YOUGET20. Ends 12/2.
Macy’s has some incredible deals this year, which start with their Black Friday doorbusters and continue on into Cyber Week.
Madewell has 40% off your purchase with code THXINTERNET. Ends 11/30.
Mott & Bow is offering 15% off all orders, 20% Off Orders +$250, 25% Off Orders +$500 (Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29) Code on website.
Nordstrom has its Cyber Week Deals. 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.
NYDJ has 40% off your entire purchase (some exclusions) with code CYBER.
Sephora 50% off their Beauty Best
SOMA Intimates – 40% off almost everything with code 97965. Ends 12/1.
At SPANX, save 20% on everything through November 30th or while supplies last. Prices are as marked. Ends 11/30.
At Talbots, take 50% off entire site. Prices online reflect discount. Ends 11/30.
Target – Storewide Cyber Monday deals. See site for specific savings and details
Tory Burch’s Holiday Event is happening now with 30% off $250+ sitewide, and up to 60% off sale styles with code THANKS.
Don’t miss Walmart’s Cyber Monday deals. See site for details.
Ulta is offering 200+ Cyber Monday deals.
White House Black Market – 50% off your entire purchase (some exclusions apply) + save an extra 50% on sale styles. Ends 11/30.
Yummie – 30% off sitewide with code HAPPYHOLIDEALS.
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 all together – no need for a special code this year. I think that is smart. Thank you Banana Republic US and Canada!
4. Sign-Up in Advance
Cyber Week deals go fast. Save precious time by signing as soon as you can, 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:
- December 15th: Last day for UPS Ground and FedEx Ground
- December 18th: Last day for first class mail via USPS
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 offering.
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.