Best Cyber Monday deals: Spending the work day shopping
Look around the office: Everyone looks so studious, banging away at their keyboards -- an industrious little bunch back from the holiday weekend, ready to work. Or is that workplace calm an illusion? Is your co-worker so intently focused on her computer screen because she's actually surfing for the best accessory to go with her new iPad?
Monday marks the digital answer to Black Friday: Cyber Monday, a shopping day of deals for online retails.
Half of all online purchases happen while at work, Andrew Lipsman, director of industry analysis at comScore, a company that monitors Internet traffic, told CNN.
Will that number ramp up for the wholly made-up-by-marketers Cyber Monday? Lipsman is not sure. The day is not the biggest shopping day for online consumers, and some of the best online deals won't come until later in December.
NPR asks whether the day is a must for shopping or a myth. It points out that:
The organization making the case that Cyber Monday is mostly a myth is comScore, which monitors Internet traffic. The group pitching the it's-a-big-deal angle is the National Retail Federation, "the voice of retail worldwide."
Still, there are real deals out there. TechCrunch has a roundup of some of the best technology purchases around the Web, from a $629 HP Pavilion desktop to a $9.99 Brother Labeler (which I am so totally buying).
Craziest Gadgets offers up a list of the big-name stores and their big brand deals, though a surprising number offer only free shipping as their Cyber Monday deal.
Amazon has brought back their lightning deals from Black Friday, offering a limited time for shoppers to jump on special deals.
If you are shopping, what deals are you snagging this Cyber Monday and how are you finding them? Tell us what you're buying and where you're finding buys using #tweetadeal. We'll compile some of the best tips and post them here.
| November 29, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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