Finding the best deals with caution on Cyber Monday


One of the biggest shopping days of the year is here in the United States, with people all over looking for the best deals online.

Cyber Monday, following Black Friday, has put up some big numbers in the past for consumers. In 2018, on Cyber Monday alone, people in the country spent a record-breaking $7.9 billion. In 2019, experts said they expect that number to rise over $9.4 billion.

Electronics are a big buy on Cyber Monday. Analysts said it's the best day to buy televisions. Walmart and Amazon are selling Smart-TV's for under $300. Target is also selling iPad's for $229. Experts said housewares and appliances are also being sold on big discounts, but are urging customers to purchase with caution because offers from online retailers can be misleading.

"As we get closer to the holidays, there's no guarantee that you'll see those deep, deep discounts in the same way," said Regina Conway, consumer expert for Slickdeals. "So, if you see the price that you like now, it's good to buy it, just check those return polices before you make that purchase."

The Better Business Bureau is reminding buyers that online shopping has its risks. They said to watch out for false advertising and to keep a close eye on the web address in your browser, in case it is a fake, look-a-like website. Other tips being sent out are to use a credit card, because if any shady charges pop up, you can dispute them later. Debit cards don't offer that same protection.

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