—By Patch Staff
will drop an estimated $2 billion on this digital shopping day. How did
we get here? Take a crash course at Cyber Monday U.
The term Cyber Monday was minted in a 2005 press release issued by the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org.
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans (86 percent) will shop on the company dime during Cyber Monday, according to a RetailMeNot.com survey. One fourth of the survey respondents say they’ll spend at least four hours shopping online on Cyber Monday - and more than a fifth (21 percent) say they’ve been caught.
While its brick-and-mortar cousin Black Friday makes headlines for mayhem each year, no Cyber Monday-related emergency room visits have yet been reported. Black Friday Death Count, a website tracking shopping-related incidents, reports seven deaths and 90 injuries since 2006. Black Friday brawls captured on YouTube have become a holiday staple. Last year’s pepper spray incident will be tough to top though.
ARTS AND SCIENCES
Finding the best deals is a combination of both. Here’s a list of some of the most popular online merchants to help get you started.
The better deals you can get, the more stuff you can by on the same budget. That’s simple addition by subtraction. We’ve shared some links to discount coupons and promo codes that might help.
Do your homework. Before you buy anything, check reviews, especially on items offered at prices that look too good to be true.
Consumer Reports is considered the most reputable source but requires a subscription.
Monday is a holiday for scammers and hackers too. ConsumerAffairs.com
offers some tips to help you avoid ringing in the new year as an identity theft victim.
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