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Skip the Chaos and Shop Cyber Monday

-Rache’ll Brown

I’ve gone Black Friday shopping annually since my freshman year of high school, and I have no idea why. Sure, I get great deals (sometimes), and there is some excitement in fighting to the death for 40-percent-off a t-shirt, but are the insane lines and moms with crazy looks in their eyes worth it? I thought so—until I discovered Cyber Monday.

Every year, during the Monday after Thanksgiving stores hold sales online comparable to those that occur in-store during Black Friday. This year, Cyber Monday is November 26, and I can’t wait to scavenge the Internet for some awesome deals on gifts for Christmas (or in my case, gifts for myself. Sorry I’m not sorry.).

While on the hunt for Cyber Monday sales, its best to start in all of the obvious places. Best Buy, Target, Macy’s, Walmart, Amazon, and more will have some sort of Cyber Monday deal going on. I recommend these sites while getting gifts for other people. As for me? I like to hit some of my favorite clothing and beauty sites. One of the best places to shop for clothes online is Tobi. For Cyber Monday, the site is offering 40 percent off store-wide, but first time shoppers get 50 percent off their purchases any time of the year. Another clothing store, Foreign Exchange, is offering up to 75 percent off most items. For makeup, MAC is having a Cyber Monday special, but they haven’t announced what it will be yet, and Sephora is offering free mystery gifts all week long.

Next year, skip the Black Friday insanity and shop comfortably in your pajamas at home during Cyber Monday! Take some time to visit all of your favorite online stores to see what kind of deals are going on while sipping some hot chocolate—it beats getting a black eye from a vicious grandma trying to grab the last X-Box for her spoiled grandson.

Image from http://www.macys.com

Why this Black Friday was Worse than Others

-Tamara Feingold

Fortunately, I locked myself in a cabin on the beach for Thanksgiving, free of cell phone service and cut off from civilization. I’ll admit I was a little jealous of my friends waking up early Friday morning to impossibly tempting shopping deals. But when I returned to the land of WiFi on Sunday, I was glad to have spared myself the trouble. I scrolled through pages and pages of news titles about Black Friday brawls, exceptionally long lines, and record-breaking purchase amounts. These are the reasons this year was the worst:

  1. Black Friday didn’t even start on Friday. Wal Mart opened at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving and Target and Macy’s opened at midnight. Just the thought of speed shopping after stuffing yourself with turkey and pumpkin pie is uncomfortable. What happened to the infamous Thanksgiving food coma?
  2. This riot over a $2 waffle iron at Wal Mart looks like a mosh pit at a metal concert.
  3. One group camped out at Best Buy for four nights and ate Thanksgiving dinner in their tent to save money on flat screen TVs and whatever other deals the store was offering. And we thought the Twilight Saga campers were intense…
  4. CNN said a record $52.4 billion was spent this weekend. So. Much. Money.
  5. As if one day of madness wasn’t enough, Cyber Monday has been added to the mix. This year, millions of shoppers are expected to shop online for deals.

Photo taken from CNN.com