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Top Holiday Shopping Sites

In General, Strategy, Trends, Uncategorized on December 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

Tis the season to be jolly!  :)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the holiday season…and I love giving!  However, I have to be honest…I struggle writing a blog post that might remotely promote the idea of ‘useless’ or ‘excessive’ spending.  Most can agree that we Americans go overboard with shopping, food, clothing, etc.  And it’s not too shortly after New Year’s that the jolly and cheery spirit of people, comes to a screeching halt…boom, the first credit card bill arrives!

Soooo…instead, a list of shopping sites has been compiled below (with help of Cameron Huddleston & Kay Whittenhauer!), that will help you SAVE money on the gifts you’re looking to purchase.  :)  Perhaps with the money that is saved…everyone can do a random act of kindness to help someone in need…or donate to a cause (check out Advent Conspiracy)?  :)  That’s definitely spreading good cheer.

ZingSale.com – set up alerts for items you’re looking to purchase, and you’ll get notified when the product goes on sale!
Yotify.com – similar to zingsale, check out the demo
Retrevo.com – the ultimate electronics marketplace
DealNews – reviews the incentives of over 2,000 online retailers (and refuses to cover sites with poor customer service)
Gottadeal.com – comprehensive listing of deals
Slickdeals.net – includes deals + passionate penny-pinching and helpful community forum
DODTracker.com – condenses the information from hundreds of “deal of the day” sites; big win for the 24 hour deal shoppers
Amazon.com, Pronto.com, & Google Product Search – great comparison shopping sites
Couponcabin.com, Couponwinner.com, & Alexscoupons.com – great resources for coupon clippers.  Alex’s Coupons donates a portion of its profits to childhood cancer charities.
Plasticjungle.com & Giftcardgranny.com – sell gift cards for less than their face value (also the sites will buy or trade gift cards you don’t want for 80-90% of their value).
Freeshipping.org & Freeshippingday.com (Dec 17) – awesome at helping consumers save $$ on shipping gifts for free!
Wallet Pop’s JuliaScott, the Bargain Babe offers GREAT shopping tips & deals for savvy spenders
HSN.com – under the “gift store” tab there’s an option to choose “gifts under $25”
QVC.com – on their home page, put your mouse on “Christmas” you’ll see an option for gifts under $25.  Great return policy too
Overstock.com select the department of your liking, and then scroll down to the price section and choose “under $20” (most furniture will not be under this selection though).
REI – Great gifts for those who like outdoor activities, and they offer the same “$20 or less” shopping option too.

Also, if your company is looking for a unique and healthy gift idea for another company you work with… check out fresh fruit delivery at FruitToWellness.com :)
What other sites do you recommend?
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Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

In General, Strategy, Trends on November 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Re-Posting the following article, featured in New York Daily News:

Dust off your keyboards and wipe off your mouse – it’s Cyber Monday.

A record 106.9 million Americans are expected to shop on the Internet Monday, up from an estimated 96.5 million last year, a survey for Shop.org said.

The Monday after Thanksgiving is a crucial day for merchants trying to boost their bottom lines. Tactics include one-day and one-hour-only deals, website-wide percentage markdowns and free shipping for even minimal purchases.

“Every single year, Cyber Monday blows us away with how much bigger it is than the year before,” said Fiona Dias of GSI Commerce, which runs more than 100 retailers’ websites.

This year, nearly nine in 10 retailers nationwide are offering special deals to get a piece of the action, according to another survey for Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation. In 2007, seven in 10 retailers offered special promotions.

Tips and resources for Cyber Monday shopping:

  • cybermonday.com: More than 700 retailers offer deals on this website. Big players like Barnes & Noble and Home Depot offer one-hour-only promotions.
  • retailmenot.com: Coupons are available from thousands of retailers for additional discounts.
  • pricegrabber.com: A comparison site to find the best prices on products from more than 11,000 merchants.
  • Early bird go-getters that want your business like sears.com, macys.com and bestbuy.com started Sunday.
  • There’s an app for that: Downloads like FatWallet’s Black Friday app are supposed to work on Cyber Monday as well.

The day has been called Cyber Monday since 2005, when Web traffic trackers noticed millions of shoppers hitting online sites at work after Thanksgiving weekend. This year, nearly 90% will do Cyber Monday Santa duty at home, though. And more than 7 million shoppers will use mobile devices for purchases, nearly double the number of 2009.

Rosa Amaya, 46, of Seaford, L.I., plans to do her Cyber Monday shopping after she gets home from work at a state Labor Department office, where she’s a secretary. She’d never shop in the office.

“I wouldn’t want to risk my job,” she said Sunday outside Macy’s Herald Square.

She’ll look for Cyber Monday deals on toys for two nieces and four nephews and video games for her teenage son.

Retailers’ hopes for a lucrative Cyber Monday were bolstered by news of online sales of $648 million on Black Friday – an increase of 9% over last year, according to tracking service comScore.

Jamie Dunbar, a lobbyist visiting New York City from Wilbraham, Mass., shopped city stores over the weekend for relatives other than immediate family.

“It takes more browsing to find what they might want,” said Dunbar, 33, who was outside Macy’s Sunday.

He’ll do Cyber Monday shopping for his parents, sister, wife and their two small kids. He’ll search his wife’s favorite retailers’ sites, like Coach, J. Crew and L.L. Bean, and hit the Toys “R” Us site for his kids.

Dunbar does 60% to 70% of his Christmas buying online, so Cyber Monday is important to him. But he vowed not to get up early for predawn deals.

“The reason I shop online is to avoid ‘Midnight Madness,'” he said. “If I lose a percentage of a deal, I’m not going to lose sleep over it.”

Which websites do you plan on shopping at?  :)