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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Best Cyber Monday deals: Spending the work day shopping

By Melissa Bell
Cyber Monday
Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfillment center process orders as they prepare for what is expected to be their busiest Christmas on record. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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).

For video game gifters, Kotaku offers up a slew of deals from a nearly half-price Call of Duty to 75 percent off Grand Theft Auto.

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.

By Melissa Bell  | November 29, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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Amazon is having "lightening deals?" I think you meant lightning deals, unless they're having a white-hot Michael Jackson Lightening Sale. Turn one black guy white, your second lightened black guy is free. What a deal!

Posted by: davidhemsath | November 29, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

David, thank you! Though, to tell you the truth, there are lightening deals out there... You think it's a joke, but http://www.flaircandy.com/2010/05/day-1-vaseline-lightening-lotion-contest/

Posted by: Melissa Bell | November 29, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The best deals are at FabulousSavings.com for Cyber Monday. They have more than 250 deals posted right now and they update frequently.

http://www.fabuloussavings.com/cybermonday

Posted by: reirei | November 29, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Where's the third option: No, because I'm flat broke.

Posted by: forgetthis | November 29, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Shipping costs are annoying but it's worth not having to put up with the mobs at the mall and so much quicker in terms of my time spent.

Posted by: hebe1 | November 29, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Cyber Monday Sale - For Veterinarians / Pet Professionals and Animal Lovers Alike

HT Products is offering free Standard Shipping on all orders placed online today; Monday, November 29, 2010 from 10am - 2pm PST. NO DISCOUNT CODE NECESSARY.
http://htproducts.net

Posted by: HealthTechnologyPP | November 29, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

How about another answer to your poll. Instead of just allowing "No, because my IT department is watching me.", how about "No, because it is dishonest."?

What does shopping while working mean anyway? Does work simply mean sitting in a an office building?

Posted by: dcc1968 | November 29, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Melissa, thanks for covering Cyber Monday and mentioning one of the game download deals we listed. We think digital distribution is going to be huge very soon, and we try to list all good game download deals, not only on Cyber Monday, and educate shoppers about the pros and cons of downloading games instead of buying boxes.
Concerning the question whether Cyber Monday is for real, all I can say is: for us it is. We saw no less than a 20x increase in traffic on Cyber Monday, see my post about it:

http://www.deals4downloads.com/blog/2010/11/30/is-cyber-monday-for-real-you-bet/

Posted by: mkrz | November 30, 2010 4:53 AM | Report abuse

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