Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year, and it follows on the heels of Black Friday, an increasingly busy day for e-commerce. If you're Amazon, trying to keep up with all the orders can be a daunting task, which is why it's getting help from robots. Amazon on Monday unveiled its eight generation fulfillment center, which uses robotics supplied by Kiva Technology to keep everything running smoothly.
We love this time of the year, as it affords us an excuse to stuff mounds of moist turkey and other delicious fixings down our gullets (while only feeling semi-guilty about it), houses and neighborhoods are dressed up with decorative lights and lawn ornaments, kids are suddenly on their best behavior in hopes of earning heaps of toys, and the sales -- oh, the sales!
Note: We focused mostly on PC hardware deals. For more gadget-oriented deals, visit our sister site TechRadar for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Amazon often discounts its popular Kindle Fire line of tablets, but rarely are the discounts as substantial as the ones the online retailer rolled out for Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, Amazon sold out of however many Kindle Fire HD tablets it set aside to sell at $119 (normally sells for $169), though there's still inventory available of discounted Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablets, which are also marked down $50.
Amazon could hardly contain its excitement over how many Kindle devices it sold on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the busiest offline and online (respectively) shopping days of the year. According to Amazon, the holiday weekend was the "best ever" for the Kindle family, especially Cyber Monday, which ranked as the biggest day ever for Kindle sales worldwide. It was pretty much the same situation last year, which makes it even more impressive that Amazon managed to double its holiday weekend sales record from 2011.
The busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, has come and gone, but fear not. Even though Black Friday is officially over, many of the deals still remain, and even more are just getting started. On top of it all, Cyber Monday 2012 is here!
We understand you'd rather not waste your time wading through discounted toasters and button-up shirts, so we went out and did the dirty work for you. What we brought back with us is a robust collection of PC-related parts, accessories, and games, all organized into handy categories. If you see "(BF)" next to an item, it's a Black Friday deal (we'll cross out the ones that are expired), and "(CM)" indicates a Cyber Monday deal. Also, we're not fans of mail-in-rebates, so we've omitted most of those deals. For the few that we include, they're represented with an asterisk.
As the weekend progresses, we'll be updating this list with new deals as they emerge, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often. And if you happen to find a killer deal we missed, be sure to share it with us and the rest of our readers in the comments section below.
This the time of year when everyone starts compiling lists of the best and worst holiday gift ideas, what with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday shopping season all on the horizon. Security firm F-Secure put together its own list, but rather than swing one or the other, the protective folks at F-Secure meshed them all into a single "Top Ten Most 'Dangerous' Holiday Gifts for Cyber Monday 2011."
To say Cyber Monday "was a success" would be like saying Michelangelo did a "good Job" painting the Sistine Chapel. Neither description does their respective events justice. According to comScore's number crunching, this year's Cyber Monday posted $1.028 billion in online spending, a 16 percent increase over one year ago and the biggest online spending day in the history of mankind.
"Cyber Monday was a historic day for e-commerce as we saw daily spending surpass $1 billion for the first time," said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. "The online holiday shopping season has clearly gotten off to a very strong start, which is welcome news. At the same time, it’s important to note that some of the early strength in consumer spending is almost certainly the result of retailers’ heavier-than-normal promotional and discounting activity at this early point in the season. So, while we anticipate that there will be more billion-dollar spending days ahead as we get deeper into the season, only time will tell if overall consumer online spending remains at the elevated levels we’ve seen thus far."
While Cyber Monday set a new record, sales are up across the board so far this holiday shopping season. Consumers spent $13.56 billion from November 1-29, a 13 percent increase over last year, and $407 million on Thanksgiving Day, a whopping 28 percent jump from a year ago. Black Friday sales were up too, and so were the following weekend sales figures.
We can think of several things we'd rather do than go elbow-to-elbow with rabid shoppers on Black Friday, one of which involves bamboo and fingernails. We're not alone, either. According to a new survey by market research firm Compete, more bargain hunters are planning to do their shopping online on Cyber Monday (Monday following Thanksgiving) than in brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving).
Some 45 percent of respondents said they'll click their way to savings on Cyber Monday, as opposed to 37 percent who will fight traffic, lack of sleep, and frenzied shoppers on Black Friday.
In terms of money spent, Black Friday still comes out on top with shoppers expected to spend $353 million. By comparison, Cyber Monday is 'only' expected to generate $233 million in sales. Huh? According to Compete, the discrepancy has to do with more people shopping high-end goods on Black Friday, particularly electronics, clothing, toys, and games.