NEW YORK—With Black Friday just a few days behind us, Cyber Monday has arrived, offering large discounts to customers—and unlike the long shopping lines and overcrowded stores that come with Black Friday, these discounts can be enjoyed from behind one’s computer.
Online retailer’s offering large discounts, with many of them providing free shipment, have become the hallmark of Cyber Monday. According to a survey by buy.com, 87 percent of retailers planned to a special promotion for Cyber Monday.
Discounts apply to a wide range of products, from computers, toys, bags, and clothing to popular gadgets such as iPhones and Blackberrys.
The official Cyber Monday website, www.cybermonday.com, offers a comprehensive overview of the discount deals available.
Most individual retailer website’s such as Walmart and Best Buy have discount deals. Some websites have been set up specifically to help consumers search for discount offers at a variety of retailers.
Customers can also follow their favorite retailers on social networking sites.
“Americans appreciate the convenience of shopping online, which doesn’t require standing in line, circling for a parking spot, or even changing out of your pajamas,” said Scott Silverman, Executive Director of Shop.org in a press release.
Cyber Monday first started in 2005 and has been a boost to online retail sales since then. This year, nearly 100 million people are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday.