Is There a Difference Between Black Friday vs Cyber Monday?

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Find out the biggest differences between Black Friday vs Cyber Monday!

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Be prepared for holiday shopping this year. 🎁

First comes Black Friday, then comes Cyber Monday‘s virtual debut, but are they both the same at this point? No matter how you’re shopping for gifts this year, scoring hot deals has never been easier thanks to all the endless holiday savings events.

While the deals might feel pretty similar nowadays, we’re sharing the most notable differences of Black Friday vs Cyber Monday so you’ll know how to spend your money more wisely.

Black Friday is on November 26th, 2021, and Cyber Monday is on November 29th, 2021.

We post the best Black Friday deals HERE

& the best Cyber Monday deals HERE!


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

Kohl's Black Friday Doorbusters - black friday cyber monday

Limited stock and extremely low prices are what still drive people to bust down doors come Black Friday (get it… doorbusters?). However, over the last couple of shopping holidays, people have been looking to do more shopping online-only.

While this has always been the main difference between the two shopping events, we’re starting to see more Black Friday retailers shift to enticing online promotions to drive sales and run extended sale days in-stores to reduce crowds and gain more foot traffic.


2. Sales end quicker on Cyber Monday.

two woman staring at laptop in christmas jammies

Traditionally, Black Friday launched with retailers announcing sales as early as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. However, the days of waiting in line to score a deep discount on a new smart TV are looking fewer and farther in between. Last year, with the pandemic in full force, Black Friday deals ended up being a month-long fiasco whether you were shopping in stores or online.

As for Cyber Monday, the majority of the deals are one day only and once they’re gone – they’re gone! However, you could argue the fact that ultimately, there was a surplus of online deals last year and far beyond just one day, so we’re expecting Cyber Monday this year to offer the most deals ever for online-only retailers.


3. Black Friday retailers may have deals you just can’t get online for Cyber Monday.

Man wearing santa print suit shopping - black friday cyber monday

For many people, the convenience of shopping online for Cyber Monday is too irresistible with gas prices climbing, COVID back on the rise, and easier access the deals.

However, major retailers and big-box stores draw customers on Black Friday with an abundance of promotions, doorbusters, and the chances of scoring hot items that may be out of stock online. This gives Black Friday a one-up on Cyber Monday for shoppers looking to score highly sought-after items unavailable at the convenience of your fingertips.

That said, with shipping times being so unpredictable lately, you may not want to risk those must-have gifts getting lost or taking ages to arrive, so we could see more buyers head to the store to ensure they leave with the physical product in hand.

Hip Tip: Get on the email list of some of your favorite retailers to be in the know!


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

Walmart Black Friday Ad

Knowing what you should buy and what you shouldn’t buy on Black Friday is super important because not every item in-store is a great deal. In fact, aside from their ad scans that will leak weeks beforehand, most inventory will remain full-price if it’s not a part of the big sale.

Black Friday is the best time to score big-ticket items like electronics, gaming systems, some kid’s toys, and small kitchen appliances.

stacks of christmas pajamas on store shelf

You may also find that select clothing will be marked down to super low prices like $4 Christmas pajamas for the whole family.

Hip Tip: We’ll post when every store’s ad scan comes out, so make sure to bookmark this page so you’re in the know on all the best sales!


5. Cyber Monday may be offering better deals on highly-sought after toys.

woman using macbook

Last year, we found Cyber Monday to be a great day to score highly sought-after toys like Nerf Guns, Barbie’s dreamhouse, Disney, LEGOs, American Girl, and many other that weren’t included in many big retailers Black Friday sales.

While it may be tempting to try and score popular items in-store that are selling out fast, it may be worthwhile to wait until Monday to see if it goes on sale for a better price.


woman eating ice cream under woman with Macbook

All in all, with more people wanting convenient online deals, we’re starting to feel like the competition of Black Friday vs Cyber Monday is actually meshing together into one big holiday. In fact, retailers are starting to spread out and roll out the deals for what seems like the entire month of November and even December leading up until Christmas!

With so much uncertainly surrounding COVID, we’re unsure exactly what to expect for this year’s highly anticipated holiday season.

But whatever you do, don’t miss out on the hottest deals! 

Lucky for you, we’ll be covering them all regardless if it’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or just a random Tuesday flash sale and we want you to be the first to know!

Text the word “HOT” to (775) 204-0125 (Collin’s cell) to get all the HOTTEST deals delivered to your phone this season & beyond! 


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Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 4 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, & living frugally.


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