Cyber Monday can offer some impressive discounts if you are shopping on a budget or simply looking to get the best possible price on the previous generation of technology. Whether you are interested in acquiring components to upgrade your PC or laptop, want to take advantage of cheaper smart home technology, or want the biggest and best Smart TV you can physically accommodate, you can likely find what you seek. Check out these tricks to help score some of the best Cyber Monday 2022 deals the internet has to offer.
While it might go without saying for experienced Cyber Monday shoppers, you should avoid jumping on the first reasonable offer and take the time to shop around. Thanks to the sheer market dominance of electronics giants like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart and their ability to drive down the margins on various forms of technology, other online retailers have had to adapt to survive. In addition to these more prominent examples, it is generally worth your time to look on different websites and see if you can get better deals with In-Store Pickup, if available, rather than spending money on shipping.
If you are comfortable dealing with third-party merchants and using services like eBay along with the more mainstream forms of digital commerce, Cyber Monday deals will also be available from resellers looking to lighten their inventory for the coming year. Walmart + and Amazon Prime memberships can offer some of the best deals available. Free monthly memberships can be obtained with a credit card but be sure to cancel before the specified term is up to avoid being locked into paid membership against your will.
Cyber Monday can bring some real bargains. Examples from 2021 include a $50 discount on the Google Nest Cam with floodlight (wired) for a price of $139.99 and a $40 discount on the SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker for $59.95. On Cyber Monday 2021, a discounted 2020 Apple iMac with Retina 4K Display was available for $799, a full $80 cheaper than on Black Friday 2021 and $400 less than the typical cost.
While you can find incredible discounts on laptops, home appliances, smart home devices, and much more on the appropriately named Cyber Monday 2022, the event serves as a house cleaning opportunity for major retailers and independent resellers. One of the main reasons that users are offered such steep price cuts is that most of these devices are older. So if you are a consumer who is ok with the previous generation model and may even prefer to wait until the technology has proven itself, you can save big when doing your holiday shopping.
Some of us are more familiar with what to look out for when searching for the best Cyber Monday deals, but it can be too easy to fall victim to an enterprising cybercriminal taking advantage of the opportunities the holiday shopping season presents. One of the biggest mistakes that online shoppers can make is being overly hasty when entering the URL for a given online store, allowing scammers to set up copies or clones of popular shopping websites which are one misplaced keyboard letter away.
More officially referred to as URL hijacking, this practice is also known as typosquatting. It is a commonly used technique for separating unwary shoppers from their credit card and bank account details. The most straightforward way to prevent this from happening is to bookmark the URL of your favorite online retailers at a less hectic time and avoid having to type any web address at all.
Another thing to be wary of are deals that show up while you are trawling social media for gift ideas, through unsolicited emails in your inbox, or even through a classic, if despised pop-up advertisement. You should always maintain caution with any links within unsolicited emails, especially if those links have been shortened. Above all else, do not open any files or attachments. Take a minute before you click and avoid phishing attacks, malware distribution websites, or finding yourself on the hook of a cybercriminal.
Some credit cards offer what are known as purchase protection services, which can be especially useful when buying an expensive and valuable piece of technology. In the regrettable event that your purchase should fall victim to theft or damages while in transit, such services will save you hundreds of dollars that might otherwise be lost.
While these services are generally only available to the upper echelons of credit card reward tiers, you would be foolish not to take advantage of such protections if they are at your disposal. Just make sure you take the time to look over relevant details on the limits of said services to avoid disappointment, including reimbursement caps, the number of days such coverage lasts, and any pertinent exclusions that may apply.
By staying safe, keeping on top of offers from online retailers, and being in the right place at the right time, you can land some amazing deals this Cyber Monday 2022. So take care, enjoy yourself if possible, and happy hunting!
About Dan Martin: Daniel Martin is a technology researcher and writer with more than a decade of experience. He is a professional librarian and an experienced tech teacher, writer and blogger. Specializing in technology, Dan has taught courses in technology and writing at the college level, developed web pages for businesses and higher educational institutions, written on tech topics for leading national publications and created numerous how-to guides.