Cyber Monday expected to ring in big sales for major retailers
This year is expected to bring in $6.6 billion in sales.
The Better Business Bureau reports that Cyber Monday is popular with shoppers "because of the 24-hour convenience that online offers, they are able to avoid the crowds that Black Friday brings, and they appreciate the sales and delivery specials that online retailers offer."
How popular is Cyber Monday? The BBB said last year's trends show that a record $3.45 billion was spent online in 2016. This year, Adobe reports it expects Cyber Monday this year to bring in $6.6 billion in sales.
But precautions should be kept in mind, so online shoppers should remember to "shop securely" by following some of these tips from the BBB:
HTTP and HTTPS: Before sending any personal and sensitive information, make sure the website has "https://" at the beginning of its web address. The "S" at the end of HTTPS indicates that the website is secure because it is encrypted, which makes it safe to enter credit card or other personal information.
Hackers like kids IDs: Since kids and teens usually have good credit, hackers are always on the lookout for their information. This can allow hackers to obtain credit cards and more. Talk to your family about the importance of not giving out personal information in soliciting emails or social media.
Looking out for scams: Young people tend to shop based on what their peers or celebrities are wearing or using. Scammers will try to lure them to click on links such as "free Kylie products," "free concerts," "free game" and more. If it's too good to be true, do not click.
CNN Money reports that online shoppers can expect great deals on toys, home goods and electronics this year. Some of the deals they've found out are ...
The company will offer more than 30 "Deals of the Day" on Monday along with thousands of "Lightning Deals," which are sales that last for a limited period of time.
Shoppers can scoop up a 49-inch 4K UHD smart TV for $329.99, a 40-inch smart TV for $179.99 and select videos games will be 60 percent off.
Many toys also will be discounted with some Hasbro games, Nerf products and Play-doh items up to 50 percent off. Select Lego sets will be 30 percent.
Amazon is also offering discounts on its own devices: The Echo Show will be $179.99, the Dot's price tag will drop to $29.99 and the Fire HD 10 will be on sale for $99.99.
Shoppers using the company's voice-command assistant Alexa can start getting some Cyber Monday deals on Sunday at 3 p.m. Hawaii time.
The Samsung 58" 4K Smart LED HDTV will be on sale for $598, the Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S7 will be discounted to $299 and the Dyson DC59 Slim cord-free vacuum will be $60 off.
You can also get Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones for $179.
Toy shoppers can scoop up the Barbie Hello Dreamhouse for $199 and a self-balancing electric scooter hoverboard for $144.95.
Video gamers can score deals on a PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Gaming Console for $349 and the Xbox One S is on sale for $189.
Shoppers can start finding these deals at 7 p.m. Sunday Hawaii time.
Target is offering 15 percent off sitewide on Monday and will continue to offer promotions all next week.
Tuesday will bring 40 percent bath and bedding products, cosmetics are on sale Wednesday, Thursday's deal is 30 percent family outerwear and electronics will be on sale on Friday.
Among the sales will be a Samsung 50" 4K Smart Ultra HD TV for $479.99, the Sony PlayStation 4 VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle price tag will be slashed by $100 to $299.99 and the SodaStream Jet starter kit will be on sale for $49.99.
Many toys will also be on sale including 20 percent off select board games and some Lego, Pokemon and Nerf products will be discounted up to 50 percent.