Getting paid to shop? Must be Cyber Monday at work

Ian Bush
November 26, 2018 - 4:00 am
It may be back to work, but it's still time to shop on this Cyber Monday.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Still have some cash (or credit) left after Black Friday? It may be back to work, but it's still time to shop on this Cyber Monday, when analysts at Adobe say we'll spend nearly $8 billion shopping online while most of us are at work.  

This bargain bonanza gets its name from back in the day when an ultra-fast Internet connection wasn't in the palm of your hand but instead only in the office. 

If you missed out on an item on Black Friday, chances are it'll be back in stock on Monday. 

"90 percent of what we're seeing is they're just going to regurgitate the same Black Friday deals and the only real big difference is they'll get back in-stock on some items," said CNET editor-at-large Dan Ackerman.

He says it's a great time to check out smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. 

And if you are looking for a good TV at a nice price, "Walmart and a couple of other stores are going to have a 65 inch TCL, which is actually a decent budget brand, with Roku built-in," Ackerman said. 

That gives your screen streaming smarts.

Websites for Best Buy, Target and Walmart will get plenty of traffic, not only Monday, but throughout what these retailers now like to call Cyber Week. And don't forget tech stores like microcenter.com and newegg.com.

"Always follow the usual precautions. Don't click on a link in an email, go and type in the store's name into your web browser yourself. Stick to well-regarded, well-known vendors. Common sense will take you a long way. And of course if you have accounts on all these sites, don't use the same password," Ackerman advised.  

As far as strategy goes, keep refreshing tech news sites like CNET, The Verge, Engadget and Gizmodo, as they'll flag surprise deals and best values, and try camelcamelcamel.com for alerts for when prices drop.