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How to Navigate Black Friday and Cyber Monday Like a Pro

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest shopping days of the year. How can you take advantage of doorbuster deals? Follow Tech Talker's awesome tips for buying tech and gadgets this holiday season.

By
Eric Escobar
5-minute read
Episode #149

How to Rule Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is pretty much just a marketing term. In fact, the real deals of Cyber Monday happen all week following Thanksgiving. Oftentimes websites will have sporadic deals that pop up and then get sold out instantly. Because of this you’ll need some tools to make sure you’re aware of deals as soon as they occur. I personally use three main tools to help with my Cyber Monday purchases.

My first tool is Google. Before Thanksgiving, I’ll Google anticipated Cyber Monday deals. I’ll then do more research on when the item comes online and how much shipping generally is. This research is really valuable because it helps to identify the best price out there, if the item is even worth the price, and when I should be looking for the item to go on sale.

The next tool I use is TweetDeck. TweetDeck is a great way to visualize Twitter data in real time. You basically create a set of rules and TweetDeck will show you any tweets that reflect that rule. For example, if I’m looking for a deal on a Nexus tablet. I might create a rule to look for the hashtags #Nexus, #CyberMonday, and #Deal. Now if there’s super great deal on a Nexus, I will find out about it in real time.

You can use this for a ton of different items which will give you the scoop across all websites and news sources.

The third tool I use is the website DealNews.com because it does a good job finding deals right after they post and sometimes even before.

Although Cyber Monday means that you never even have to leave your home to do your holiday shopping, it can also be more stressful because of all the time it takes to monitor websites and feeds.

Is it Worth Your Time?

This brings me to my last and most important tip about both Cyber Monday and Black Friday: Make sure the savings are worth your time.

Although you may get a killer deal on a hard drive, is it worth hours of waiting in line? Is it worth being glued to your computer screen to find a slightly discounted laptop? Before you invest a ton of time and effort into your shopping, be sure that what you're getting is really worth it.

Well, that’s it for today! Be sure to check out all my earlier episodes at quickanddirtytips.com/techtalker. And if you have further questions about this podcast or want to make a suggestion for a future episode, post them on Facebook.com/QDTtechtalker.

Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Big Sale images courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.

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