Cyber Monday expected to be largest shopping day in U.S. history

Cyber Monday, a term coined by in 2005, got established when retailers saw a trend of consumers shopping online on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Many Black Friday TV deals are on no-name brands, so deals like this and the one below from a well-known brand like Samsung is notable.

BLACK Friday is well and truly underway, with prices of products, both online and in store, being slashed until Cyber Monday - but what's the difference between them? Sure - there were plenty of lines at many stores in the pre-dawn hours, but the day has calmed down as those seeking door busters were replaced by less urgent, more purposeful customers, according to reports.

In recent years, retailers have started sales even earlier than Black Friday to avoid the one-day craze that has resulted in mayhem south of the border.

Two factors seemed to have altered how people view Black Friday, said JoAndrea Hoegg, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business.

Still, she believes the shopping spree remains popular, especially online.

Overall, Adobe estimates that consumers spent $30.39 billion online between November 1 and November 22 this year, up 17.9 percent from last year. That's up almost 18 per cent from the same timeframe a year ago. Experts predict shoppers will spend some $672 billion on the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the busiest shopping time of the year.

Cyber Monday expected to be largest shopping day in U.S. history
Cyber Monday expected to be largest shopping day in U.S. history

"You don't have to deal with the crowds and the deals are, by and large, just as good".

When are Black Friday sales in full swing?

The Amazon Black Friday Live show adds some infotainment to your Black Friday deal hunting on Amazon.

Black Friday is the day after the American Holiday Thanksgiving, which falls on the last Thursday of November.

"I may not go for the big-box television flat screen at Best Buy", Giesler said.

  • Eleanor Harrison