Cyber Monday is the equivalent to Black Friday, but for the online world. Many businesses will offer very deep discounts on products that is why Cyber Monday is so lucrative. Being able to shop online instead of battling in lines all night on Friday, is something many people would prefer.
So when is this major online sale? Cyber Monday is always the Monday after Thanksgiving. It also happens to be the first Monday in December, time to get serious about your shopping! Often times, people will wrap up their Thanksgiving meal, and head to bed. No it is not the turkey that is sending them to bed, it is the enticing sales that happen early in the morning. So for those of you who do not want to wake up early, deal with hordes of people, you need to stay home and shop online. Plus, you can opt to get it wrapped, so it is even more of a convenience.
No matter where you go, or what you do, there will always be someone to spoil your fun. One thing you must pay very close attention to when purchasing online, is if the company is reputable. If there is hardly any content on the site, if it’s sloppy, or if you even get a little bit leery about the site, leave immediately. Keeping your information safe and secure is the most challenging part of holiday shopping in general, and even more so shopping online.
What to Buy
Using sales like Cyber Monday to get the best deals is somewhat a science and takes a good deal of preparation. Electronics, game systems, video games, and jewelry are some of the few great finds available almost exclusively online. It is a good idea to have a list of items you are looking for, and take down their current prices. That way, when the sale comes around, you can see how good of a deal it really is.
How to Protect Yourself
Protecting your personal information can be very hard to do in this digital age. While online shopping is not being discouraged, it should be done so with caution. Some things to look for are
• Updated Content.
• Links to social media.
• Use a link scanner, did it find anything suspicious?
If you are wary of a site, use your common knowledge and shop somewhere else. If a deal is too good to be true, sometimes it just may be. Always use an anti-virus and malware protection program for your computer. Especially if you use it too long into your bank account or any secure area.
Cyber Monday is wonderful for those who did not want to stand in line on Black Friday. Thousands of businesses rely on Cyber Monday, much like Small Business Saturday However, as with shopping in person, you need to be on the lookout for scams. There are many ways that you can research bout how to better protect your information. The main point is, if you are shopping online, you have to use your credit/debit card, and that has inherent risks. Another note before we part ways, it’s to always check your receipts and your balance history for an unexplainable charges. Thieves will get you, with only a small charge here and there. Do not let that damper your spirits, shopping online can be a great experience, as long as care is taken.
*If you think you are a victim of fraud, immediately call your bank to cancel your card. A new card will be issued to you. You will also want to request your annual credit checks to see if there are unexplained occurrences.
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