The deals are coming in HOT ????, and you don’t want to miss any of them. I’ve broken down all the sales happening now and throught Cyber Week, plus a few helpful tips to navigate this sale season. 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.
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. 20
- 2nd Day Air: Dec. 21
- Next Day Air: Dec. 22
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. 14
- FedEx Express Saver, FedEx 3Day Freight: Dec. 20
- FedEx 2Day: Dec. 21
- FedEx 1Day Freight, FedEx Extra Hours: Dec. 22
- FedEx SameDay: Dec. 23
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.