RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With Cyber Monday just around the corner, consumer experts have tips to help you get the best deals online.
Last year, $1.735 billion was spent on Cyber Monday, according to the savings expert Kyle James of RatherBeShopping.com. He recommends signing up for email and coupon alerts from your favorite stores and to check the retailer's Facebook and Twitter pages.
"Retailers are keeping their social media feeds updated with exclusive coupons, promotions that might only be valid two hours on Cyber Monday," James explained.
Another tip is to try filling your online cart in the days leading up to Monday, then leave it untouched.
"It will trigger an email saying, 'Hey, we noticed you still have items in your cart. Here's a 15 percent coupon to come back and complete your order," said James.
If you want a high quality TV or laptop James says wait until Monday. The doorbuster Black Friday deals are mostly from third-tier manufacturers. The names you know lower their prices Monday.
If you shop Amazon where prices constantly change, a site called Camel Camel Camel can help.
"Put in the items you're looking to buy form Amazon, they'll basically track price changes for you," said James. You'll get an email when your item hits its lowest price.
If you can't find a coupon, wait until you get to the checkout page and start a live chat with a site operator.
"75 to 80 percent of these websites, these operators are sitting there with coupons on their desk just waiting to hand out if you ask nicely," said James.
Don't forget about eBay. Many who buy popular items on Black Friday resell them the next week for a little more than they spent, still netting you a good deal without dealing with Black Friday crowds.
Toys are one thing you may not want to buy on Cyber Monday, said James. The deals get better in the two weeks prior to Christmas.
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