First it was Black Friday (which really started on Thursday in some places!), then Small Business Saturday, and now, today is Cyber Monday, which is quickly becoming one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Sales in the US continue growing – from $610 million in 2006 to about $1.3 billion in 2011.
Sure, you could spend Cyber Monday shopping for discounted Christmas gifts for loved ones. Or you could spend it shopping for an amazing vacation deals (for yourself). Travel products are looking to cash in on the Cyber Monday craze are offering deals.
Hotels, (Omni Mount Washington Resort is selling 12 rooms for $12, destination packages (checkout www.bahamas.com for air inclusive vacation), airlines (Direct Air has a Buy One Get One sale), travel saving sites and travel gear (Sierra Trading Post’s luggage) are all offering major savings. Even hotel retail shops are getting in the action with direct sales online (Kimpton Style).
And Mobile retail sales are expected to soar for the holidays, as more connected consumers shop online for gifts using their phones or tablets. A new Deloitte study expects about 68 percent of smart phone owners to use their hand-held devices for holiday shopping this year.
Best shopping apps: Shopkick, Thefind, Google shopper: Retailer’s smartphone apps (e.g. Macy’s) which provide shrewd shoppers with shopping advice, store navigation and further bargains
Tips: Sign up for e-newsletters; use social networking sites to follow favorite retailers for even more special deals and flash sales.