Cyber Monday could also be too late to snag the very best offers. Prime tricks to store good this yr

Cyber Monday may be too late to snag the best deals. Top tips to shop smart this year

Do not wait till Cyber Monday to snag one thing you really need.

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This story is a part of Vacation Present Information 2021, our checklist of concepts, by matter, by recipient and by worth, that will help you uncover the right present.

Thanksgiving is a number of weeks away, which suggests the countdown to 2 of the yr’s greatest procuring days has begun. Black Friday is Nov. 26 and Cyber Monday is Nov. 29. However this yr, issues are completely different. 

Early Black Friday gross sales have already kicked off, like Walmart dropping its Black Friday Offers For Days on Nov. 3 after leaking the offers in October. Goal’s vacation gross sales started on Oct. 31, and the enormous retail firm will proceed including new offers each Sunday. Greatest Purchase, Amazon, Macy’s and different retailers all have early gross sales within the wings, too. Cyber Monday costs usually pop up as a last-chance deal for internet buyers.

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Our best advice this year: Don’t wait. We’ll explain what’s shaking up the Black Friday and Cyber Monday landscape and what to know to help make smart decisions, like buying that new TV you’re eyeing. 

Cyber Monday sales are often the same Black Friday deals with a different name

One reason you shouldn’t wait is that many of the prices don’t change over the Thanksgiving weekend (if the products stay in stock — see below). So stores might change the terminology in their advertising, but — in most cases — you’re still getting that Amazon Fire Stick for $25 (or whatever the price may be) whether you buy it Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. 

We expect far more stock outages in 2021 because of ongoing supply chain constraints 

You’ve heard the stories about container ships backed up outside of busy ports, and maybe even seen some empty shelves at your local supermarket or shopping mall. As the manufacturing and retail sectors continue to deal with the supply shocks brought on by the ongoing Covid pandemic, these are expected to be worse than ever as holiday demand ramps up. 

Early bird shoppers have a better chance of getting what they want. Black Friday sales on popular electronics, like TVs, phones and gaming consoles, typically sell out fast — the PS5, Xbox and Switch consoles are already nearly impossible to get, thanks to the chip shortage. That means if you wait until Cyber Monday, the item you’re waiting on to drop even more in price instead could already be gone.

Consider services, digital gifts and gift cards as a Cyber Monday alternative

If there’s a bit of good news, it’s that some things never go out of stock. Disney Plus, Xbox Game Pass and Apple Arcade (to name a few) can be “gifted” up to the last minute. The same goes for gift cards — physical or digital. (Here are nine gifts that won’t go out of stock this year.)

For gift ideas this year, check out these best holiday gifts for under $300, best gifts for $100 or less, as well as the best gifts for $50 or cheaper.

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