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Cyber Monday and beyond

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(CNN) - If Black Friday crowds were just too much, or Black Friday deals just weren't enough, shoppers can rejoice in another big day on the retail calendar- Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday has its roots in the old desktop computer and wired Internet. Shoppers would return to the office after thanksgiving holiday, and hop online.

Even with access to the Internet in pockets, purses, couches and cafes, retailers say Cyber Monday hasn't lost its luster.

"We know that Cyber Monday is really going to draw the crowds."

The National Retail Federation says 8 in 10 retailers will offer special Cyber Monday deals. Laura Harders of the blog, Beltway Bargain Mom, says it's important to be able to separate the good deals, from the great deals.

"Take advantage of deal sites as well as online databases that help collect all that information in one place. It really takes the hard work out of it for you."

Sites like Savings.com and Pricegrabber.com pull coupons and deals from multiple retailers. Also, the deep online discounts will go beyond cyber Monday.

"Last year, the days Cyber Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday were all over a billion dollars online."

After Cyber Week, Harders says she's noticed another trend.

"Around December 15, a lot of discounts on jeweler, handbags, other apparel items. They're trying to clear their inventory, and they know us as consumers are looking to buy all of those holiday gifts."

Don't forget the annual free shipping day either. That's on December 18. Hundreds of retailers will participate and guarantee delivery by Christmas.

The term 'Cyber Monday' was coined in 2005 by a division of the National Retail Federation. Since 2010, it has become the biggest online shopping day of the year.

 

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