The 6 Best Cyber Monday Ads We Have Right Now
We're often asked how Cyber Monday stacks up to Black Friday, but the answer isn't so simple. While Cyber Monday deals might seem lackluster in comparison to the crazy doorbusters many big box retailers bust out for Black Friday, when you take it out of that context and compare it to any other sale, Cyber Monday discounts start looking pretty good after all.
In 2015, we saw several major retailers publishing physical ad scans for Cyber Monday, but it seems most stores have realized there's not much point in printing out an ad for an online sale. Instead we're getting press releases and sneak-peek web pages, which is just fine with us. Another notable change from last year, is that this year's Cyber Monday sales are less of a one-day event, and more of a 'Cyber Week' of deals.
If you're curious about which Cyber sales are worth your time this year, read on! We rounded up our six favorites, and highlighted a few good deals from each retailer.
According to a press release, Walmart's 'Cyber Week' event will start Friday, 11/25 (at 12:01 a.m. EST) with a round of online doorbuster deals. More exculsive deals will come on Monday, 11/28 (at 12:01 a.m.), and while most of the items on sale are electrionics, there are some interesting outliers. For example, Monday's deals heavily feature designer items, like Prada, Gucci and Miu Miu sunglasses on Walmart Marketplace (Walmart's answer to Amazon's business model), diamond jewelry for up to $3,000 off, and designer bags from Rebecca Minkoff starting at $71. These are all things we're not used to seeing advertised by Walmart, a store that prides itself on its affordability and mass appeal.
Some of our favorite Friday Cyber Week doorbusters:
- Samsung 60" 1080p HD Smart LED TV -- $579 + $80 Gift Card (was $1,699)
- Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera + 10 pack film -- $49.99 (was $69.99)
- Google Home -- $99 (was $129.99)
Some of our favorite Monday Cyber Week doorbusters:
- VIZIO 50" 4K Ultra HD SmartCast TV -- $379.99 (was $529.99)
- Michael Kors watches from $99.99 on Marketplace
- Outerwear for the family starting at $9
- Boots from Frye and UGG starting at $135 on Marketplace
Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, 11/27 and running until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, 11/29, Sear's Cyber Monday deals are apparently "elf tested" and "Santa approved." While we can't verify the fact that the fictional, jolly king of the elves has actually approved every single one of Sears' Cyber deals, we find it interesting that Sears is offering in-store doorbusters for a sale that's traditionally celebrated entirely online. Shop Your Way members shopping online can use promo code CYBER to get an additional 25 percent off clothing, footwear and fine jewelry, and 10 percent off trees, home fashions and housewares.
Some deals we're excited about from the Sears Cyber sale:
- Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator -- $799 + members get $50 back in points (was $1,339.99)
- Dickies boots -- $40 (was $80)
- NordicTrack C 1270 Pro Treadmill -- $999.99 (was $1799.99)
Target rarely offers store or site-wide discounts, but this year, the Minnesota-based chain is offering 15 percent off "nearly everything" all day Sunday, 11/27 and Monday, 11/28. We're not sure exactly when this sale starts, but according to a press release, it will go live "early Sunday morning."
"No online promo code or in-store coupon will be required. New this year, Target is expanding the 15 percent off discount to include all gaming consoles, iRobot vacuums, KitchenAid appliances and all Apple products – including iPhone and Apple Watch. And, as always, all online orders on Target.com ship for free throughout the holidays."
Some of our favorite Cyber Deals from Target:
- Free Xbox Live Gold three-month membership ($25 value) with purchase of Xbox One S/Battlefield 1 bundle -- $249.99 (was $299.99)
- Swagtron T1 Hoverboard -- $349.99 +$100 Gift Card
- Save $25 when you spend $100 on Christmas decor
Dell Small Business will be posting new deals on laptops, desktops and electronics accessories every two hours on Monday, 11/28 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Check out pages 5-10 of the Black Friday ad for a detailed timeline of which items will go on sale when.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Latitude 15 3000 Series 6th Gen. Laptop -- $779 (was $1,284.29)
- Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge Moitor -- $389.99 (was $719.99)
- Linksys EA8500 Wireless Router with WiFi Range Extender -- $249.99 + $50 eGift Card (was $369.99)
Kohl's joins rival Target in offering a site-wide discount on Sunday 11/27 - Wednesday, 11/30, but steps ahead of the game by making that discount 20 percent off! Use code DEALSEEKER at checkout to automatically take 20 percent off your entire purchase, and enjoy free shipping on orders of $25 or more until Wednesday. You can also use this sale as a chance to redeem all the Kohl's Cash you got from shopping the Kohl's Black Friday sale, which is currently live RIGHT NOW.
Some Cyber Deals we're excited about from Kohl's:
- Meccano Meccanoid G15 personal robot building set -- $99.99 (was $139.99)
- 25 percent off select Nike athletic apparel and shoes for men and women
- Boys' NFL jerseys -- $34.99
Best Buy is having, in our opinion, one of the best Black Friday sales in the game this week, but the electronics retailer is staying coy about its plans for Cyber Monday. Here's what we know: the Best Buy Cyber Monday sale will start on Sunday (11/27) and run through Monday (11/28). We assume this sale will start at 12 a.m. Sunday morning and end at 11:59 Monday night, but Best Buy hasn't officially announced that, and probably won't in order to avoid a site crash from a traffic flood. They also have yet to announce any of the deals they'll be featuring, saying only that customers should "get ready to take advantage of some of the best savings of the season on everything from 4K TVs to tablets, laptops, activity trackers and much, much more."
I guess all we can do is over to bestbuy.com/cyber-monday early Sunday morning to see what they have to offer.