If you’re like me, you’ve probably been waiting and eagerly anticipating the arrival of Black Friday and Cyber Week 2018 so you can get at super bargains all the cool stuff that came out earlier this year. Apple and Amazon are bound to offer discounts. Prices on TVs, phones, laptops, cameras and other electronics are going to get really attractive. There’s actually quite a lot to look forward to.
You and I aren’t the only ones waiting on 2018’s list of cyber week discounts and deals. In fact, statistics show that Black Friday shoppers have steadily been on the rise since inception, with 2017 having 8% Black Friday shoppers more than 2016. Makes you wonder, what’s going to happen this year and if all the good stuff isn’t going to get snatched up before you are ready to shop.
To help you get ready for this year’s discounts and deals, let’s take a quick dive into what Black Friday and Cyber Week really are.
When is Black Friday 2018?
Black Friday originated in the US and begins every Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the event falls on November 23, 2018.
When is Cyber Monday 2018?
Once Black Friday ends, Cyber Monday kicks off on the Monday immediately after. It’s basically a lifesaver for those who might have missed out on Black Friday. This year’s Cyber Monday will kick-off on November 26, 2018.
What’s the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Honestly, asides from their dates and names, the difference between the two isn’t that great. In fact, many stores simply carry their Black Friday deals into Cyber Monday and simply rename the promotion.
Black Friday initially was aimed at selling consumer electronics, while Cyber Monday was aimed more at fashion items and jewellery. Right now, almost anything and everything is up for sale at special prices during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals usually become active by the week before and continue for another week or longer after the actual dates have passed.
Do Black Friday and Cyber Monday matter?
All year, online stores put up all kinds of deals and special prices for certain products. It’s easy to miss out on such offers especially since they don’t come out on any fixed schedule. But Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both days when you know for sure that hot deals on your favourite items are coming to town. The certainty of Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s dates gives you enough time to put together your savings, do your research on what items you want to buy, and look out for who’s going to be offering the best prices.
Simply put, with the certainty of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s harder to miss out on great deals online. Fair warning though, if visiting a physical store during either day, be prepared to walk into a frenzied swarm of shoppers. Also, watch out for spammy emails during this period as cybercriminals typically cash in on the rush and bargain hunting to exploit shoppers.