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.
1. Black Friday promotes in-store doorbusters, whereas Cyber Monday is exclusively online deals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hip Tip: Be sure to check out this post for the best times to shop based on annual sales cycles.