How is Black Friday Different From Cyber Monday? Here are 5 Differences.

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Two major shopping days within four days of each other? What gives?

First came Black Friday as a way for retailers to get out of the red with a major shopping event. Then, with the advent (and greater capabilities) of tech, Cyber Monday made its debut. Still, while they might feel pretty similar, here are the big differences between the two holiday shopping events.

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1. Black Friday promotes in-store doorbusters, whereas Cyber Monday is exclusively online deals.

Kohl's Black Friday Doorbusters

Limited stock and extremely low prices are the main components of what drive people to the store on Black Friday to bust down doors (get it… doorbusters?) whereas the comfort of shopping online-only sales is appealing to many shoppers to wait until Cyber Monday.

While this has always been the main difference between the two shopping events, we’re starting to see more Black Friday retailers shift to online promotions in addition to (or in lieu of) primarily in-store offers to better cater to the masses. So, the advantage that Cyber Monday initially had with their online promotions is slowly starting to fade.

2. Sales end quicker on Cyber Monday.

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Retailers launch sales leading up to Black Friday, and as early as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (gotta love Kohl’s!). Then sales run through the weekend, with stores occasionally adding new deals that become live at various times. For Cyber Monday, the majority of the deals are one day only.

3. Cyber Monday levels the playing field for more retailers.

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Major retailers and big-box stores can draw in more customers on Black Friday with an abundance of promotions on their massive selection since no one is really making a special trip to a store with limited options.

However, the “trip-to-the-store” burden is eliminated on Cyber Monday when typing in a web address is all you need to access the deals. Get on the email list of some of your favorite retailers to be in the know! You can also bookmark our Cyber Monday deals feed!

4. Shop Black Friday for the best deals on TVs, toys, gaming consoles, & appliances.

Walmart Black Friday Ad

Not sure which days are best for specific deals? Check out the deals on Black Friday when you’re shopping for televisions, toys, gaming systems, and major appliances. But this only goes for items you need ASAP, as waiting a few weeks to purchase TVs and toys could score you bigger discounts.

5. Cyber Monday deals reign supreme for computers, travel, and clothing.

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The chaos that comes with the holidays has everyone wanting a vacation, so book travel on Cyber Monday. Then plan an exciting adventure and save a good chunk of change in the process.

You’ll likely see nice deals on computers and clothing as well, though you’ll actually score a great deal on laptops during back-to-school season.

Get all the info you need on our Black Friday 2020 page!

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Comments 11

  1. Daniela

    I get most of my deals on Cyber Monday or even before but I still love getting up early on Friday, hitting DD for their Black Friday promo (usually a cheap box of joe or cheap dozen), driving into PA and walking around a random, local mall/Walmart/outlet. Maybe getting some candles at bath and body works. It is just for the experience, not to attack and clean any stores out. Mom and I have a relaxed good time and love seeing the crazy people fighting each other for a doll their kids won’t play with come Xmas. My area near NYC is too insane so we tend to head into Delaware or PA.

    • PrincessMom

      I’ve skipped out on the all-night shopping for the past few years but did take a couple of hours to drive to Walmart for a few things last year. I went in the evening on Friday, figuring they’d be completely cleaned out, but did manage to get a few things I was hoping to find. 🙂

  2. Dawn1029

    I like shopping the Black Friday sales online, especially stores like Kohl’s that start their sales before Thanksgiving…not just for gifts either. I was able to refresh my winter wardrobe on the cheap last year from Kohl’s with sweaters and jeans for 8 bucks 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s awesome! You’re right! I love grabbing the stuff I need on the cheap during these sales! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  3. Bayousmalls

    I for one prefer cyber Monday over Black Friday. I hate that Black Friday cuts into my family holiday time the day after Thanksgiving. If you have to drive several hours to visit family out of town, what is the point of leaving that family to go shopping with grumpy shoppers in crowded stores? And, Then I have to smuggle the gifts for my kids I. The same vehicle I have to ride with my kids several hours to get back home. No thanks. I prefer Cyber Monday because it doesn’t take time away from my family.

  4. momof4under7

    I’m due with baby #5 on November 21st so I’ll be doing everything online this year. I usually do anyhow but a couple stores like kohls usually has an in store only coupon come out.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, How exciting! Congratulations!

  5. acgold

    Thanks to Hip2Save, whatever holiday shopping we have to do is done by October! Pre- Black Friday/ Thanksgiving I buy the small appliances that are on rebate from Kohl’s as a donation to the homelessness prevention program I support.
    Thursday we work for the Parade! After dinner we go to my sister’s for the weekend. On the way up, very late after the 6PM, 8PM and midnight madness we go to Walmart and buy 8 boxes of whatever Rubbermaid container deal they have, for my best friend. Then we spend the rest of the weekend relaxing and making cookies for my office!
    Cyber Monday it is just about us, if we find something we can’t pass up!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How nice! I’m loving your holiday shopping schedule, acgold! Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

  6. Angie

    I don’t wait for Black Friday so I’ll look for deals on Hip2save leading up to that day. I typically buy what people need vs. what they want because everything’s getting so expensive. I give Costco gift cards for gas, Walmart gift cards for oil changes, fast food gift cards, Amazon gift cards, online gamer subscription, lots of stocking stuffers like health and beauty aids, vitamins and favorite snack foods.

    • PrincessMom

      My in-laws gave us a gift one year that I LOVED–a big bag with laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper towels, windex, kleenex, etc. It was great, all stuff we would need to buy and it gave us a month or so off from any of those purchases! I’ve secretly hoped they would do it again every year since then–I would love a bottle of Tide for a gift! 🙂

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