Cyber Monday Deals and Tips 2011

Just as with Black Friday, everyone seems to be having a sale, and finding what you actually want online and not just what’s cheap can become a chore.

The National Retail Federation says 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites between Thanksgiving Day and Sunday.

So what sort of Web-only deals are out there? Here are a few from some major retailers.

Best Buy

Best Buy is the largest bricks-and-mortar consumer electronics retailer out there, but it doesn’t shy away from Cyber Monday. Among the price cuts: a 55-inch Samsung LED-backlit TV, normally $1,500, is selling for $999.99, the HTC Titan running Windows Phone and the HTC Wildfire S running Android are both free with a new two-year contract, point-and-shoot cameras are $40 to $80 off, a number of laptops are on sale including a 15.6-inch Toshiba Satellite for $279.99.

Amazon

Discounted goods on Amazon.com can be found pretty much all year. So while a sale is nothing new for the online retail giant, the company is promising that it’s Cyber Monday discounts will be significant. However, unlike most retailers, Amazon’s Cyber Monday promotion isn’t lasting just one day, but instead all week.

Dell

Dell also regularly offers discounts on its website, but for Cyber Monday it has discounted 21 specific items, some of which are already sold out. The computer maker dropped the price a variation of its Inspiron 14R from $499.99 to $399.99 Other laptops are on sale to, but at only $50 off rather than $100, such as the Inspiron 15, Inspiron 15R and Inspiron 17R.

Cyber Monday Tips:

1) Free Shipping is the rule.
Many big stores like Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Target.com are automatically doing free shipping right now on most items.

2) Shopping Online Saves Chicagoans almost 10% in Sales Tax.
Amazon, Overstock.com, Buy.com, Zappos.com, Shoes.com and many other big online stores don’t collect sales tax from IL shoppers.

3) Your credit card may be a free extended warranty.
Most American Express cards, for example, include a warranty extension service that doubles your warranty automatically for up to one year for any items purchased with the card.

4) Don’t forget the coupon codes!
Our average shopper takes less than 90 seconds to find a code and saves 24%.

Happy Cyber Monday all!