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Shopping guide: Black Friday vs Cyber Monday

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Black Friday

Black Friday originated in the United States as a way to promote shopping the day after Thanksgiving, which is held on the fourth Thursday of November. Shopping on Black Friday has been the trend since it became the first day of the Christmas shopping season.

 

Over the years, Black Friday has become most closely associated with in-store shopping. Of course, Black Friday is no longer contained to the United States or even North America. Today, Black Friday is a nationwide shopping event in preparation for the winter holidays. No matter where you are you can find good deals.

 

Black Friday tends to have better deals on Friday mornings, often called “doorbusters.” These are the biggest sales available, and they are often related to big-time electronics like televisions and smartphones.

 

Shopping on Black Friday does offer an air of mystery you won’t find with most other experiences. For example, you have no idea what’s going to be on sale on the next aisle over. You could find anything on sale.

 

Finally, shopping in-store nips away those pesky shipping costs. While many stores are combining or eliminating shipping, sometimes shipping can still be expensive.

 

The major downside to shopping on Black Friday is that crowds can be aggressive. If you aren’t into beating the crowds, Black Friday might not be your best bet.

 

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday falls on the next Monday after Black Friday, so you do not have to wait too long to get in on the good deals. The shopping day is relatively new, only existing since about 2005. Still, it seems to spread further and further each year.

 

Cyber Monday has its advantages because you can easily shop from the office. In the time span of a few clicks, you can have a virtual shopping cart full of items to be shipped to you. There is no need to physically go to the store at all.

 

One of the benefits of shopping online is that there is no need for standing in lines. You don’t have to fight with anybody else for a good deal. Everything is available without the need to go head to head with other shoppers.

 

Finally, Cyber Monday allows you to comparison shop at a glance. You don’t have to physically visit store after store to figure out the price of a product you want. You will end up only buying the most affordable items from the stores you buy from.

 

So, Which Is Better?

It seems that you might not have to make a choice between the two shopping days. For one, many stores are celebrating Black Friday online now. You can take one of several approaches to your holiday shopping this year.

 

Some people start out with Black Friday, hitting up their favorite stores early in the morning. If they are unable to land great deals, then wait for Cyber Monday. This allows you to have the best of both worlds.

 

You might also discover that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are combined for many stores. They simply have a huge sale that spans the entirety of the weekend, in person and in the store.

 

Can you shop both sales? Sure! Just be on the lookout for good deals on items you actually want to own. The shopping season provides you with the perfect opportunity to shop for Christmas and festival gifts for everybody on your list.

 

Ultimately, it is best to judge for yourself if it is worth your time to shop this holiday season on a specific day. You may be able to find good sales nearly any day.

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