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Written by Kathryn Vercillo on October 7, 2009

Holiday shopping in both the U.S. and the UK used to begin the day after Thanksgiving. The day was called Black Friday. Although this is still an important shopping day to many people, its popularity has been surpassed by another post-Thanksgiving holiday: Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday, the Monday following Thanksgiving, is the time when the most number of shoppers head online to do their holiday shopping. It is a time when UK shoppers seriously ramp up their Christmas shopping. And it’s not without a good reason. On Cyber Monday, you can get more and better deals for online shopping than you can at any other time of the year. And our site is no exception; check out our special Cyber Monday Promotional Codes page to see what great deals are already being offered for this holiday in 2009.

What and When is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the Monday following Thanksgiving. In 2009 this day falls on Monday, November 30th. It is on this day that online retailers offer some of the best deals that you can get for your holiday shopping. Many UK shoppers do the majority of their Christmas shopping on Cyber Monday.

History of Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is a term that originated about four years ago. At that time, statistics revealed that online spending on the Monday following Thanksgiving had increased considerably compared to the year prior. There are several theories as to why people started doing their holiday shopping online at this time:

• They had already been to the stores on Black Friday but didn’t get everything that they wanted. They returned to the office on Monday and did some online shopping during their downtime at the office to finish getting all of the items that they weren’t able to get in the stores.

• Online shopping in general increased during this time period because computers and high speed internet were becoming increasingly available. More people started to take an interest in doing their shopping online and there was a corresponding increase in the number of online holiday shoppers in 2004 and 2005.

• Media attention in 2005 made more people aware of the option to do online holiday shopping while saving money with special holiday coupon codes. People were interested in saving money and decided to do their shopping on Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday

Black Friday was the first of the two holidays to come around. Stores around the nation began to offer huge discounts on items on the day after Thanksgiving to encourage people to do their holiday shopping at this time. People were already off of work for the four-day Thanksgiving weekend so it was easy for them to go to the store at this time. The deals offered by stores caused consumers to take advantage of this shopping time and for Black Friday to become the biggest shopping day of the year.

However, there were a lot of problems with doing your shopping on Black Friday. The biggest problem was the crowds. In addition to battling other people in long lines and crowded stores, you risked the chance that the store would sell out of the item that you wanted to buy for the holidays. This meant getting up extremely early to beat the Black Friday crowds and take advantage of the day’s deals. This problem is eliminated when you’re doing your shopping from home.

The increasing availability of the Internet and the option to shop online made people a lot more interested in doing their holiday shopping on the web. However, they still wanted to get the good deals that people were getting on Black Friday. Thus was born Cyber Monday when a large percentage of people can sign online and get their holiday shopping out of the way. They still get good deals but they don’t have to fight the crowds at physical stores.

Reasons to Shop on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is a smart time to do holiday shopping for a variety of reasons. Those reasons include:

• There truly are great holiday deals. The number of Cyber Monday promotional codes that will be available this year is stunning so you can definitely get a good deal on your holiday shopping.

• You can buy from a lot of different stores on the same day without having to run around town. It’s a lot easier to shop online than to go from store to store to get the holiday deals you want.

• It’s still early enough to avoid large shipping fees. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on holiday shipping fees. If you wait too much longer then you’re going to have to rush your shipping to make sure the items get to you by Christmas. Buy on Cyber Monday and you can avoid those large shipping costs.

Tips for Saving Money on Cyber Monday

The same tips that you usually use when shopping online still apply when you’re shopping on Cyber Monday. Those tips include:

 Make a list and check it twice. Know what you want to buy before you sign online so that you can avoid impulsive holiday spending.

• Shop around. It’s always important to do comparison shopping if you want to get the best deal. That’s really easy to do online so don’t skip this stage.

• Use coupon codes. Make sure that you use those Cyber Monday Promotional Codes to get a discount on everything that you buy.

• Look for free shipping. It’s always smart to try to get free shipping when you shop online. Don’t forget that when you’re shopping during the holiday rush.

Computer Crashes on Cyber Monday

Finally a note about something that many shoppers worry about on Cyber Monday: computer crashes. In the past, some major websites have been shut down by the sheer amount of traffic that shows up to shop on Cyber Monday. This problem is less likely to happen in 2009 for two reasons. The first is that stores are aware of the problem and have typically prepared in advance for the increased traffic. The second is that these stores have better bandwidth options than they did five years ago and so have fewer problems than they did during the Cyber Monday holidays of the past. If the store that you want to shop at does crash the problem is likely to be very temporary so you should be able to return to the site shortly and complete your shopping without any further problems.

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