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Today is "Cyber Monday," when Americans allegedly flock to online stores--presumably using their employers' computers and network connections--to get their holiday shopping in gear.

I have to write "allegedly" because the numbers we reported last year didn't back up that description. And it's hard to take anything too seriously with a name as dippy as "Cyber Monday"--seriously, 1995 called and wants its AOL disks back.

But fake trend or not, there are some real deals to be had through today. The CrunchGear blog has a page up summarizing some of its better finds, including discounts from the likes of Best Buy, Circuit City and Dell. The DealNews site is also tracking today's bargains.

If you are a) not a spammer, and b) have found some other noteworthy discounts that expire today (or soon after), please share them in the comments.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 26, 2007; 3:08 PM ET
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Posted by: steve Ballmer | November 27, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

The web is a jungle. When it comes to outrageous claims, and offers, anything goes. DealNews is just another ad peddler. They breathlessly hype BestBuy "bargains" when they KNOW that BestBuy has outrageously steep "retail" prices, so, any of their disconts are still vastly overpriced. If, and, when, Staples has a sale, it is a REAL sale.

Posted by: Caesar Gott | November 28, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but have you actually read Dealnews? They're not comparing BestBuy sales to BestBuy's normal prices -- they're comparing BestBuy's sales to every other merchant out there online. Staples prices are compared to the same criteria. So, you are either the owner of Staples stock, in the process of shorting BestBuy, or just ill informed. Read the site before making derogatory comments and using a public forum to serve your own agenda.

As a side note, I find neither BestBuy nor Staples to have great sales - those are to be had at places like,,, - real web merchants that don't have the added expense of brick and mortar stores.

Posted by: Fake Caesar Gott | November 28, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I have a related comment about online retailing gone awry: on Saturday, had the best price on a dvd/vcr combo I wanted to buy; site said I could order online and pick up 'usually' w/in 24 hrs. I'd done it w/Circuit City multiple times with success, so I tried--item was available at a nearby store and order was placed. Got NO acknowledgement of the order until Monday, when I got an email saying they'd been overwhelmed with response but was working hard to catch up. Next communication was WED, when I got the inevitable email that in fact, they were sorry but there was no item available. FOUR days! Curiously, no offer of even a small discount/credit for my inconvenience...(though if it had not been ready in 5 minutes of my arrival at the store, after I'd gotten the confirmation arrival, they WOULD have given me a $5 store coupon)... Stay away from Sears! (Too bad they can't learn good customer service from their Lands End subsidiary.)

Cautious shopping!


Posted by: Howard in NJ | November 29, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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