Cyber Monday: Best Buy vs. Amazon


By Carlos Portocarrero

Black Friday has come and gone, and that means that the second biggest shopping day of the year is here: Cyber Monday. Rather than waking up at 3:30am and battling the crowds, Cyber Monday means we can all just fire up the computer and shop online without any hassles.

For gadget hounds and book lovers, the two sites I care about today are Amazon and Best Buy.

Amazon Deals

Amazon has some pretty crazy deals on tons of different products at their Cyber Monday page. Among the best deals I’ve found so far are:

  • iPod Touch 8GB for $158 via their gold box promotion. It’s a second generation model, but still a good deal.
  • Netbooks seem to be on sale for pretty good prices too, which is no surprise since they’re so popular right now.

After reading through the Cyber Monday FAQ, it sounds like speed is what will get you the best deals. So make sure to follow their Amazon Deals twitter feed to stay on top of the best deals and act fast if something you want comes up at a great price.

Best Buy

Best Buy is the last place I went to on Black Friday (by myself) and it was probably the only place I was interested in checking out. No offense to JC Penney’s and Sears, but for gadget hounds like me, this is the place to be.

  • Check out their Cyber Monday 2-day sale for deals on netbooks, cameras, DVDs, and everything else that Best Buy is known for.
  • Use this coupon for $20 off a purchase of $175 or more

Be careful with their price matching guarantee. I was all excited about this after seeing a commercial about it and then noticing that in the fine print of their Black Friday ad they were going to honor price matching during that day and cyber Monday. They are—kind of. For purchases made at the store, they’ll match prices from competing local retailers, but not online retailers.

For purchases at BestBuy.com, they’ll match their own prices and the store’s prices, but not other .com stores. How deceptive is that? Check out all the fine print here and here.

The Disclaimer

It’s really simple: don’t buy anything just because of the price and don’t buy anything you can’t afford. If you’re curious about what I would buy today if I had the money, check out my Cyber Monday Wish List.


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