Cyber Monday 2019 Predictions: Where to Find the Best Deals
The Internet may be a polarizing place, but there’s one time of year in which it shines as a benevolent beacon for the tryptophan laden and weather weary. We’re talking about Cyber Monday, when the World Wide Web becomes home to huge shopping deals that in many cases can rival Black Friday sales — without the traffic, chaos, and even injury that can befall IRL shoppers who storm big-box retailers in search of discounts.
While scoring major deals without having to change out of your pajamas is a spectacular gift, clicking through shopping sites without falling into a deep black hole requires focus and skill all in its own.
In order to tap into some of the most eye-popping steals Cyber Monday has to offer, we’ve examined where the biggest sales are likely to be found, based on 2018 Cyber Monday deal.
Below, find the best places to score current and future deals come Cyber Monday, minus the crowds.
If your resolution for 2020 is to better tether smart home devices, try looking to Amazon and Best Buy for the best Cyber Monday deals. Last year, Amazon reduced prices on its collection of smart home devices, including the Alexa-enabled Cloud Cam Security Camera, Echo Show, and Fire TV Cube by 50-30%. Best Buy offered Google Home Hub and Ring Video Doorbells for 30-40% off.
According to our research, those looking for the absolute best bargain on TVs will likely find them on Black Friday, but there are still solid discounts to be had after the weekend, too. Last year, Walmart reduced its Samsung 58-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV from $650 to $447 on Cyber Monday, and a host of Samsung TVs were also available at Best Buy for 25-50% off, too.
Laptop shoppers on the other hand are more likely to find a bonkers deal on Cyber Monday to match some found on Black Friday. Last year, for example, Lenovo set out to break the Internet on Cyber Monday by offering its $300, ultra-slim Ideapad 130s laptop for just $99, while dozens of pricier models from the tech company were discounted 30-50% across the board.
Though Apple doesn't sell the iPad 9.7 directly, TechRadar advises smart Cyber Monday shoppers to look to other retailers for deals, which may topple last year’s all-time low price of $229.
While TVs aren’t traditionally as discounted on Cyber Monday as they are for Black Friday, similar deals on gaming consoles can be had on both shopping days. For lowest prices, look to Best Buy and Walmart, which had some of the best deals online last year: The Xbox 1 S Fortnite Bundle was marked down to a hard-to-beat $229 at Best Buy last year, while the PlayStation 4 was available for $300. Though prices didn’t budge on the then-new PlayStation4 Pro last year, it’s likely bigbox retailers like Walmart and Best Buy will throw the $400 console on sale now that it’s been around awhile.
Clothing companies tend to go all out for Cyber Monday, often offering better across-the-board discounts than on Black Friday. Last year, Amazon peeled 30% off Columbia and Marmot outerwear, equipment, and accessories, so look to the e-commerce giant for more great deals this time around. As BlackFriday.com points out, Cyber Monday discounts could also be gleaned last year from a solid pick of stores, like Ann Taylor, ASOS, Banana Republic, Express, Gap, Kohl’s, and Old Navy, which all offered a 50% discount sitewide.
We expect some of the best Cyber Monday deals in beauty to come out of Ulta Beauty and Bath & Body Works. BOGO deals and discounted candles are anticipated at this year’s Bath & Body Works Cyber Monday sale. As for Ulta Beauty, we expect great things, too: Last year, the beauty mecca offered the $50 Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow Palette for just $25. (Ulta Beauty, if you can hear us, will you please hook up same deal on the new Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette this year?) The store also marked Benefit Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara, BareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, and Redken Styling Products at half off, as Refinery29 reported.
If last year’s deals are any indication, Amazon, Walmart, and Macy’s may be the best places to find hefty price breaks on rarely discounted household gear. For example, Amazon cut prices for Cyber Monday last year on all All-Clad cookware sets by 30%, and Walmart shaved $200 off Dyson Ball Animal 2 Vacuum, bringing it down to a more manageable $300. Macy’s also offered a crazy Dyson discount, selling its $430 Big Ball Multi-Floor Pro Canister Vacuum for just $200. The department store also brought the $325 KitchenAid 4.5-Quart Classic Plus Stand Mixer price down to a stirring $190.
Bottom line: While the best Black Friday scores tend to be found in big-box stores times like 50” TVs and washers and dryers, the smartest Cyber Monday buys can be found in smaller (and more shippable) gear, like fashion, beauty and smart home devices. If you need another reason to swipe and tap come Cyber Monday remember this: holiday shopping season is shorter this year, thanks to a later-than-usual Thanksgiving, so snapping up deals right after Thanksgiving weekend may be the best way to cross everyone off your list before standard (and free) shipping cuts off around December 15.