February 26, 2024

Black Friday vs. Cyber ​​Monday: Which Day Has Better Deals?

UPDATE: November 26, 2023, 3:00 AM EST This post has been updated with the latest top picks for early Cyber ​​Monday deals, including new Hydroflask and Stanley discounts.

Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, once two separate shopping days, have essentially merged into one big shopping spectacle. The lines really started to blur when the world shut down in 2020 and brick-and-mortar stores hosted online sales instead of in-person Black Friday events. In 2023, those lines will virtually no longer exist. We certainly can’t see them.

Black Friday vs Cyber ​​Monday — what’s the difference?

Way back in the era of MySpace and AIM (aka 2005), the National Retail Federation coined the term “Cyber ​​Monday” after realizing that the Monday after Thanksgiving saw a flood of online sales. This was likely due to shoppers using their faster internet connections at work on Monday morning to get deals, or at least that’s what they attributed it to. That, of course, and the fact that online retailers also wanted some of that holiday shopping bread. Thus, two distinct shopping days emerged: Black Friday, for those who wanted to shop in stores the day after Thanksgiving, and Cyber ​​Monday, for those who liked to shop from the comfort of their homes.

Nowadays there is little – if present – a real difference between the two due to the so-called ‘death of retail’. Everyone and everything is online, so why shouldn’t Black Friday be? Based on our years of experience with both, we can truly say that neither is a “better” day for shopping. It really comes down to what you’re looking for and how much demand there is for it.

How long does Black Friday last?

It’s honestly silly to even call it Black Friday at this point. It’s no longer just on Fridays; it’s a two-month affair. Major retailers like Walmart and Best Buy started dropping official Black Friday deals back in October and will continue until the clock strikes midnight at the end of the Friday after Thanksgiving. At that point, it’s Cyber ​​Monday (yes, even though it’s actually Saturday). We don’t make the rules. The deals won’t change much, but the search terms and official site banners will.

When do Cyber ​​Monday deals start?

Officially, Cyber ​​Monday starts on Monday, November 27, 2023. Unofficially, you’ll see sales as early as Saturday, November 25 as ‘Cyber ​​Monday’. It’s all very confusing, but if you take the Cyber ​​Week language as interchangeable, it helps.

Cyber ​​Monday sales will most likely continue all week. Just like Black Friday, it is currently more than just one savings day.

Are there better deals on Black Friday or Cyber ​​Monday?

If you see a good deal, grab it, regardless of what sales title it falls under. There is not as much differentiation in terms of discounts on certain products as in previous years. Historically, Black Friday was the day to buy a TV or popular toy and Cyber ​​Monday was the day to buy a laptop or PC. This is still a solid rule to follow, as TV deals are more dramatic and widespread during Black Friday and laptop deals during Cyber ​​Monday. But with Cyber ​​Week’s blurred lines, many of these deals could cross paths. As noted on BlackFriday.com: “Some TV deals offer flashy discounts during Black Friday And Cyber ​​Monday, but they may not have the specs you’re looking for.” TL;DR: The deals are great for both shopping days, but it all depends on what you’re looking for. Keep your specs in mind and when you see a deal, grab it him, you don’t want to run the risk of him selling out.

The best Black Friday deals yet: Mashable editors’ picks

If you’re looking for a huge list of Black Friday deals across all the retail giants, check out our massive Black Friday deals post. We’ll be updating it all weekend and into Cyber ​​Monday to keep you informed of the best deals. Below, we’ve compiled a list of Mashable editors’ favorite Black Friday deals for 2023:

Best early Cyber ​​Monday Apple deal

Why we like it

If you’re looking for the sweet spot of iPad models, you’ll find it in the iPad Air, according to Mashable’s Stan Schroeder. It has an M1 chip, which lets you handle tasks like gaming and audio editing with ease, and it won’t cost you the $800-plus that an iPad Pro with the same chip would cost. This base model is a little on the small side when it comes to storage, but luckily the 256GB Air is also on sale for $99 off – which still puts it more than $150 below the 128GB iPad Pro. In short, if you want something less basic than the standard iPad, but don’t want to shell out, the Air is your perfect in-between. And at $499.99, it’s back to its lowest price ever — and the price we saw it at all through Prime Day.

Read our full review of the 2022 iPad Air.

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Best early Cyber ​​Monday Dyson deal

Why we like it

With a $200 discount at both Walmart and Dyson, the V15 Detect Absolute is one of our favorite vacuums. It’s right in the sweet spot in terms of price and suction power and features the coveted laser technology that shows you how disgusting your floors really are. The “Absolute” in this model means it comes with a whole host of accessories: the Fluffy Optic laser head, the Digital Motorbar cleaning head, the hair screw tool and three others, in addition to a wall dock.

Read our full review of the Dyson V15 Detect vacuum cleaner.

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Best Black Friday Amazon device deal

Why we like it

Amazon is notorious for releasing great Echo bundles on Black Friday, and this year is no exception. This bundle would normally cost you around $113, but was marked down to just $39.99 at the time of writing. You score the 2023 version of the Echo Show 5 plus a Kasa Smart Color bulb. This bundle is the perfect budget-friendly way to test the smart home waters, but also makes an excellent white elephant gift.


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Best early Cyber ​​Monday robot vacuum deal

Why we like it

You can take home the triple threat of auto emptying, mopping, and avoiding small obstacles for less than $500 with this great deal on a mop Roomba that just came out in September.

Compared to the Roomba j7+, the j5+’s obstacle detection cameras aren’t as accurate, and you may still need to pick up things like towels or socks, or place a virtual barrier around pet bowls. But to avoid having to search the floor for rogue cords and enjoy automatic emptying for less than $400, you can probably make sure the laundry ends up in the basket. As for mopping, this is one of iRobot’s new Swap and Mop models, which require you to be at home to physically click on the water tank when you want to mop.

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Best deal on early Cyber ​​Monday headphones

Why we like it

Narrowing down a headphone upgrade from so many on-sale options is less overwhelming if you’ve confirmed that you want to stick with a super premium, super reputable brand like Bose, but also that you want to stick to a budget. There’s only one pair of Bose over-ear headphones you can buy for just under $200, and that’s the QuietComfort 45s at a record low price of $199. This classic pair guarantees premium ANC, 20 hours of battery life, and all-day comfort for less than half the price of the AirPods Max.

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Best early Cyber ​​Monday laptop deal

Why we like it

The M3 range of Macs and MacBooks was only announced a few weeks ago, and at a $150 discount, it’s the lowest price of the entry-level M3 yet. (You can technically get it even cheaper if you’re a paying member of the My Best Buy program, but $1,449 is an all-time low for the general public.) With this MacBook’s upgrades, you can expect lightning-fast speeds, a spacious 14 inch screen without a premium of over $2000, and finally no touch bar. If you like an even more powerful machine, you’ll also find the 14-inch and 16-inch M3 Pro MacBook Pros on sale.

More early Cyber ​​Monday laptop deals

  • HP Pavillion x360 14-dy2050wm (Intel Core i5-1235U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) — $449 $599 (save $150)

  • Apple MacBook Air, 13.3 inches (Apple M1, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) + 3-year Apple Care+ subscription — $888.99 $1,178 (save $289.01)

  • Lenovo Legion Slim 5i Gen 8 (Intel Core i5-13500H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) — $979.99 $1,349.99 (save $370)

  • Dell XPS 15 9530 (Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Arc A370M, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) — $1,099 $1,499 (save $400)

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 (Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) — $2,092.99 $2,399.99 (save $307)

Best early Cyber ​​Monday TV deal

Why we like it

Of the number of 85-inch Samsung TVs on sale this week, we think the deal on the Q80C is the best value for money. An 85-inch Samsung QLED for under $2,000 should speak for itself, but let’s quickly dive into why this is such a bargain: The Q80C is Samsung’s most advanced QLED (before it hits the Neo QLED side of the family), with exactly 96 pieces. illuminated local dimming zones for the precise brightness needed for daylight sports viewing. Also present are advanced gaming features such as a 120Hz refresh rate and VRR support.

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Best Cyber ​​Monday Kitchen Deals

Why we like it

Is it the Stanley Cup that became internet famous? No, that’s not it. But is it double insulated, can it keep hot drinks hot for up to 10 hours, cold drinks cold for up to 18 hours, is it suitable for cup holders and is it generally more practical for on-the-go use? Absolute.

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