We’re about halfway through Cyber Monday 2016 and so far things are looking good. According to a report from Reuters, sales already totalled $490 million by 10 a.m. EST, pointing toward the biggest Cyber Monday ever. By the end of the day, sales are expected to reach $3.36 billion, an increase of 9.4 percent over last year.
This is following a very profitable Thanksgiving and Black Friday that brought in $5.27 billion, an increase of a whopping 18% over 2015. Experts credit the healthy economy for the rise in spending.
As in the past few years, the winners in weekend sales were retail giants Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy with the best sellers being ultra HDTVs and gaming consoles. Also selling well were UGG boots and beauty products with handbags lagging.
While some stores were running more promotions in 2016, others had cut back the number of deals. Chains running the most promotions were JC Penney and Macy’s, both of which depend heavily on apparel sales. Both have also been closing stores due to falling revenues. Amazon is expected to offer a record number of deals this year while Target has reduced the overall number.
A report from the National Retail Federation estimates that 122.1 million people will shop online during Cyber Monday and 28% of them will do so from their mobile devices. NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay explained the spending habits of Cyber Monday shoppers: “On Cyber Monday, retailers deliver online discounts unlike any other day of the year—driving consumers to shop online no matter where they are or what device they’re shopping from.
“Millions of consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend and reserved a portion of their budgets exclusively for Cyber Monday, knowing that there will be digital deals that are too good to pass up.”
It’s interesting to note than the most-promoted products and top sellers of Cyber Monday are big-ticket items like smart TVs, tablets and gaming consoles. That seems to indicate that shoppers are in the mood to spend money this year – a lot of money.
There are a lot of good reasons to shop Target on Cyber Monday but one of the best has to be a discount of 15% off practically everything online and in-stores for Sunday, November 27 and Cyber Monday, November 28. No promo code is required for this deal, which will go live online early Sunday morning. Discounts are taken at checkout.
Another reason to shop Target is that the chain is sweetening some deals by including a free gift card with your purchase. That means Target has the best overall price of the week on the Xbox One S 500GB console with Battlefield 1 digital download for $249.99 with a free XBox Live Gold three-month membership worth $24.99. There are other chains offering this console for the same price but with no extras included.
Of course there have to be big deals on big TVs for Cyber Monday and Target has the Samsung 43” Ultra HDTV marked down to $399.99 from $599.99 with a $50 gift card tossed in.
Target also has deals on toys with 25% off select K’NEX, LEGO, Magformers and Megablocks.
A $100 Target gift card is included with the purchase of any Swagtron T1 or T3 hoverboard.
You can dress up your tree and your home in style this year when you save $10 on your $50 purchase or $25 off your $100 purchase of holiday lights, ornaments, trees and decor.
These deals will be available Sunday, November 27 through December 3.
Target has also hinted at a “surprise deal” to be revealed for Sunday and Monday. In addition, shoppers can look for 40% off toys, 30% off small home appliances, 65% off clearance home merchandise and up to 45% off clearance electronics.
Those last discounts make Target worth checking out for Cyber Monday even if the “specials” are less than exciting. Plus, there could be more deals announced on Sunday.
There’s one place you can count on NOT to offer the best Black Friday deals on iPhones, MacBooks and other Apple products: the Apple Store. Even when the tech giant promises a sales “event” the results are less than exciting, like minor discounts on accessories that are already cheaper somewhere else. Here are the best (so far, at least) Cyber Monday deals on the most popular Apple items and where to find them.
Apple Watch – Target
Target is a great place to shop for Apple goodies because they frequently toss in a free gift card. Even without one, the chain has the best price on the Apple Watch Series 1 with prices starting at $198 for the 38mm model and $228 for the 42mm version. Both are available with a variety of colors.
Apple actually has a decent deal on this popular 13.3” MacBook Pro at the full price with a $150 gift card but Best Buy beats that by offering the same model for $100 less upfront – $1,399.00.
Best Buy also has the best price on the 256GB SSD MacBook Air, $999 for a model that Apple sells for $200 more.
Again, Target is the go-to place for getting the lowest price on an iPad Pro – any of them. Prices for the 9.7” model start at $449 for the 32GB model, $549 for 128GB and $649 for 256GB. That’s $150 to $250 off list price.
Best Buy has the best price on the iPad Air 2 with $274, a discount of $125.
Again, Target is the winner with a price of $112.29, a discount of 25% off the list price of $149.99.
Alas, there are no really great deals to be found on iPhones for Cyber Monday but Target is offering a $250 gift card with purchase of an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus at the regular price. Also, Amazon is currently offering refurbished unlocked models of the 64GB iPhone 6s for $529.99 and 128GB for $679.95.
The Black Friday madness has already started with some chains offering early access to their Black Friday sales. Tech items are always best sellers so here are a few of this year’s hottest Black Friday deals on TVs, tablets, smartphones and more.
The online retail giant is offering discounts on most of it’s most popular products like the Amazon 7” Fire tablet for $33.33, the Echo for $139.99 and the Dot for $39.99. Top-rated VR gaming headsets list priced at $62 are marked down 62% to $25. Sales on video games will be rotating all day Friday.
This big box retailer is cutting $125 off all 9.7” iPads and $200 off some MacBooks. One hot in-store-only deal is Beats by Dr. Dre PowerBeats 2 regularly priced at $200 on sale for $90. Another buy worth going into the store for is Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones list priced at $100 on sale for $40. A third in-store deal is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 128GB bundle with keyboard discounted from $1,000 to $600.
This online tech retailer is offering LG 49” and 65” UH6030 4K TVs for $400 and $800, respectively.
The brand’s site has a wide selection of TVs on sale but the best deal of the batch is the 65” KS9800 regularly priced at $6,000 on sale for $3,000.
This chain is the go-to spot for tech deals like up to $151 off iPads, $72 off iPads and up to $502 off Samsung TVs. The Xbox One S 500GB console Battlefield One or Minecraft bundle is discounted $50 to $249.99 plus the deal includes a $40 Target gift card. One deal is in-store-only but it’s pretty tempting: A Samsung 55” 4K Curved Smart Ultra HDTV with a list price of $1,100 on sale for $698 – with a $70 Target gift card included.
Another hot spot for all things tech, this mega chain has all Samsung TVs on sale and Apple and Samsung smartphones for $0 down with an AT&T or Verizon contract plus a $250 gift card in included.
If you have one particular item on your Black Friday shopping list, it’s a good idea to check several sites all day to see if there’s a flash sale. If you’re not finding just what you want at the price you want, there’s always Cyber Monday!
Even if you flatly refuse to tear yourself away from the family Turkey Day feast, you can still score some pretty cool deals this Thursday. Many retailers that will be opening their stores on Thanksgiving will also offer the same or comparable Doorbuster Deals online. Here are five chains offering deals worth checking out on Thanksgiving.
OK, your local Superstore may be the last place you want to be on Thanksgiving Day, when Walmart will opens at 6 p.m. but the online deals start even earlier – at 12 a.m. Thursday morning. That means you can score a great deal on electronics while stuffing the turkey and never have to risk getting into a fist fight over the last big-screen TV in the store. Some of the better deals include a 55” Phillips Class Smart 4K TV for $298, a Roku Espress Plus for $25 and a Samsung Chromebook 3 for $119.
This retail chain promises “thousands of deals” for Black Friday but 16 of the most tempting are available online now so you don’t have to wait for stores to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The online action starts at 12 a.m. and Best Buy is holding out these Doorbusters for the big day: a Toshiba 49” 4K Ultra HDTV for $199.99, the Amazon 16GB Fire Tablet for $59.99 and Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones for $89.99.
The best thing about Kohl’s Black Friday sale is that it starts on Monday, November 21 and runs until 1 p.m. on Friday. The in-store sale begins at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Hot items available online Monday include a Haier 49” 4K Ultra HDTV plus $75 in Kohl’s Cash for $349.99, a Fitbit Alta special edition fitness band for $99.99 and 50% off name brand toys.
The Thanksgiving fun starts at 6 p.m. in-stores and online for Target but there are several hot deals available now and until November 24. These include a Samsung 55” 4K Motion Rate 120 Curved Smart Ultra HDTV with a free $75 Target gift card for $697.99, an XBox One S console bundle with free $40 Target gift card for $249.99 and 50% off life-sized figurine toys including Star Wars.
The deals aren’t very exciting at this discount retailer but it’s going to be the place to outfit the family for winter and the house for the holidays. Kmart opens for Thanksgiving in-store and online at 7 p.m. with a BOGO deal on family footwear, 50% off Christmas supplies and select DVDs and Blu-rays for $1 each. “Thanksgiving Night Doorbusters” will be good from the time stores open until 2 p.m. on Black Friday.
Retail chain Target will be kicking off the holiday shopping season with 10 days of special deals starting on Saturday, November 19. Each day will bring a new selection of Black Friday sale items available at Target retail stores and online at Target.com.
Saturday, November 19
Getting the fun started will be 30% off some of Target’s most popular toys including 1,800 exclusives and new items. This sale includes toys from Trolls and Star Wars so this is a good time to get a head start on your Christmas list.
Sunday. November 20
Take 10% off electronics and entertainment, meaning this is the day to score an even better deal on smartphones, tablets, headphones and more, Apple products included.
Monday. November 21
Take 20% off name brand kitchen items from Keurig, Cuisinart, KitchenAid and more. If you just realized that this year’s frozen turkey won’t fit into last year’s roasting pan, here’s your chance to save on a new one – and pick up a new coffeemaker, too.
Tuesday, November 22
Get your glam on for those holiday parties by saving 25% off 15,000 Target beauty products. This is also a great time to load up on body wash and other personal items you’ll use all year long.
Wednesday, November 23
Too busy to cook dinner because you’re pulling that Thanksgiving feast together? Target is bringing back its popular buy-one-get-one-free offer on frozen pizza. Good luck finding room in the oven to bake them!
Thursday, November 24
Turkey Day deals abound as Target offers a slew of Doorbusters like a 50” Hisense 4K UHD TV for $248.99 and Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones regularly selling for $199.99 marked down to $89.99.
Friday, November 25
Black Friday is the day to get the family outfitted for winter b saving 30% on apparel, accessories and shoes. This sale will continue through Saturday, November 26.
Saturday, November 26
Stock up on everything you need to deck the halls for the holidays at Target’s Wondershop, where you can save $50 on your purchase of $100.
Sunday, November 27 and Monday, November 28
Target is promising special surprise deals for these two days on top of the chain’s previously announced Black Friday deals. Plus, Target REDcard members can get an additional 5% off most items purchased in-store or online.