Cyber Monday is traditionally the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend, named thus because it was the day people headed back to work and presumably had access to computers. But times have changed, and lot more have near constant access to the Internet than when Cyber Monday began, which got us wondering: Is there still value to be had on Cyber Monday?
And if you're one of the many who would rather buy online this Black Friday than rise from a turkey coma at 4 a.m., will there be bargains for you too?
Those still on the fence should consider convenience, give-aways and extra costs before deciding on a shopping approach. We weigh the pros and cons, and take a look at Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday in 2010.Doorbusters: Whether shoppers stand in line for hours or sit impatiently at the computer, waiting to pounce on online sales, many of the die-hard Black Friday customers are after the doorbusters. According to CNN Money, some stores, such as Walmart, only offer doorbusters in-store while other retailers, such as Macy's and Best Buy will both sell doorbusters online and in stores on the big day. With the option of shopping for some of the killer deals online on Black Friday, when it comes to doorbusters, there's no way that Cyber Monday can compete.
Winner: Black Friday
Freebies: For some, part of the Black Friday tradition lies in the collectibles, keepsakes and freebies. JCPenney's annual snow globe give-aways and Costco's free cookbooks have become collectibles for many shoppers. Those who tackle crowds on Black Friday are also eligible for deals such as Target's $10 gift cards to $100 spending sprees or REI's $20 gift cards to the first early shoppers. For shoppers after the giveaways, it pays to line up on the big day in person.
Winner: Black Friday
Convenience: The long waits and overwhelming crowds are enough to scare plenty of potential Black Friday shoppers away. Online shopping is a good alternative to battling the mobs on that Friday. Amazon is starting the sales off early and extending them for a full week of offering free shipping this Black Friday. Most retailers, including Sears, Target and Kmart, plan to focus on online sales as well as those in the stores on November 26 so shoppers can save from home.
Winner: Black Friday online
Shipping: Shipping fees add up, but many retailers will offer free shipping. Other retailers are bringing a whole new shopping day to the table: Thanksgiving. According to CNN Money, Walmart will offer online-only discounts on Turkey Day, along with free shipping off any purchase. Target will also feature web-only deals on Thanksgiving and free shipping for any buys over $50. To avoid shipping costs altogether, shoppers can take advantage of the early morning price cuts on November 26.
Winner: Black Friday and Thanksgiving online shopping
In the end, Black Friday 2010 beats Cyber Monday 2010 in all areas. With more emphasis than ever on online sales this year, Black Friday no longer has to mean waiting outdoors and elbowing through crowds. Shoppers can take advantage of huge price cuts on November 26 in a convenient way. In 2010, Black Friday will outshine Cyber Monday.
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