Rare is the day without its own special shopping holiday this time of year, and because Tuesday-Saturday were feeling left out, Cyber Monday has actually morphed into Cyber Week. Expect major retailers including Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Kohl's to offer special deals online not just today, but all week long. Of course, today is the big focus, with a whopping 129 million Americans expected to shop online, prompting some discussion that Cyber Monday could be renamed Non-Productive Monday. I remember when this manufactured occasion got its start in 2005 as a way for retailers to capitalize on the holiday weekend hangover and keep people shopping even when they returned to work. The first couple of years, you had to dig to find a dozen or two good deals. This year, 85 percent of retailers are offering some sort of Cyber Monday special—free shipping being most popular by far.
I started shopping before sunrise, and it seems the best deals today are on higher end electronics. DealNews.com does the price comparisons for you. I like site-wide sales, like 50 percent off everything at The Body Shop (free shipping on $30 or more) and 40 percent off at Eddie Bauer. Snooze and you very well may lose: may of the big cyber deals are limited quantity—Lands' End, for example, has a number of door buster deals online that are going fast. Also remember you can shop local on Cyber Monday: Northeast Minneapolis store Parc Boutique is offering 20 percent off site-wide. Creative Kidstuff is doing 15 percent off everything, with free shipping and free gift wrap, but also check out their "cyber busters" for some really sweet deals, like a $249.99 art table for $99.99. So what's next? Well, next Monday's title is up for grabs, but then get ready for Green Monday on Dec. 10 and Free Shipping Day on Dec. 17.