Black Friday and Cyber Monday

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday both just around the corner. Its a great time to get your hands on new and old technology.

Brace yourself: the Cyber Monday 2019 date is December 2, which is under a month away, and as always, the first Monday after Black Friday. 

What is Cyber Monday?

As you’ve probably guessed from the name, Cyber Monday is a purely online affair, The term was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman of the US National Retail Federation and Shop.org, and it was a deliberate move to promote online shopping back in 2005 when the Internet was in its infancy.

It was intended to help smaller retailers compete with the big names who were harping on about Black Friday, although of course those big names promptly jumped on the Cyber Monday bandwagon, too.

What is the Difference?

Aside from the dates, the main difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is that Black Friday deals can be found online and in physical stores, whereas Cyber Monday is purely dedicated to online discounts. 

Both sales events will have plenty of fantastic tech deals, whether you’re looking for a new laptop or a pair of swish noise-canceling headphones. However, there are some instances where it might be better to wait for December 2 to make your purchases. 

Most retailers offer a continuation of their Black Friday deals into Cyber Monday, occasionally dropping prices even further – whether you wait all depends on how much you’re willing to risk the item selling out completely. 

If you see a fantastic Black Friday deal that ticks all your boxes, we’d recommend going for it – products can sell out in a matter of minutes, and you can usually return the item if you see a better deal on Cyber Monday.

How to Prepare for these awesome deals

Fail to prepare and prepare to fail; if you want to make the most out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019, it’s important to have an idea of what you want to buy, and where you want to buy it from. 

The best way to do this is to make yourself a wish list; it doesn’t have to be retailer-specific – just have an idea of what you’re looking to buy this November. For example, do you need a new soundbar to complement your entertainment system? Are you looking for a budget-friendly work laptop?

Most of the big retailers will publish their Black Friday deals from midnight on November 29, so you may want to stay up on Thursday night to ensure you don’t miss any of the big discounts. 

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