Cyber Monday 2020: The top online deals

Let's talk sales. BIG online shopping sales. Welcome to Cyber Monday, happening on 2 December 2019.

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Cyber Monday is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year and specialises in exclusive bargains for gadgets, electronics, fashion, gifts and more. It’s an annual one-day shopping event that occurs on the Monday after Thanksgiving, but it's not just for America. Australian stores have jumped on board too.

Cyber Monday began as a way to encourage customers to shop online, especially during the beginning of the Christmas shopping period. It was noticed that the majority of retailers had increased sales starting the Monday after the American Thanksgiving holiday (possibly due to the impending Christmas shop or because they’ve just had their big payday), so marketing companies generated the idea of a click frenzy shopping day to cash in on the consumer increase.

Deals available today:

Virgin Wines Virgin Wines

Get 12 bottles of wine for $120 (only $10 a bottle) + 2 FREE wine glasses & FREE shipping

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Amazon AU Amazon AU

Up to 60% off: Tech, home, Amazon devices + more

Oaks Hotels & Resorts Oaks Hotels & Resorts

Up to 25% off on 2 bedrooms + extra 5% off

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Virgin Wines Virgin Wines

Score 1,000 bonus Velocity Points + save $126 & FREE shipping

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Oaks Hotels & Resorts Oaks Hotels & Resorts

Up to 15% off on 1 bedroom + extra 5–10% off

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Petal & Pup Petal & Pup

Up to 60% off sale

Appliances Online Appliances Online

Up to 35% off kitchen appliances

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Ratesetter Ratesetter
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$20 reward when you invest $100

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Virgin Wines Virgin Wines

$50 off any order of 12 or more bottles of wine

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Klook Klook

Up to 60% off activities, experiences and things to do

Coles Supermarket Coles Supermarket

$10 off your second order when you spend over $150

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Agoda Agoda
Exclusive

Up to 75% off worldwide hotels + extra 5% off with code

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CSIRO CSIRO

12 weeks refund

P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

$1 deposit + up to $450 onboard credit

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Apero Label Apero Label

Up to 60% off sale

Healthpost Healthpost

FREE delivery to Australia

April & Oak April & Oak

FREE shipping over $99

Meshki Meshki

Up to 70% off sale

JETS JETS

FREE express shipping


What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the sale event that falls on the Monday after Black Friday. In 2020, Black Friday is on the 27 November and Cyber Monday is on 30 November. This entire sale period is often referred to as Cyber Weekend as deals and sales tend to run over the four days.

Cyber Monday originated as an American sale event but now is a very significant and popular shopping day for Australians. Each year, more and more Australian brands and retailers offer Cyber Monday deals. This means that savvy shoppers are able to pick up a great bargain across a range of items including fashion, tech, beauty, home and electrical.

The term 'Cyber Monday' was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman of the US' National Retail Federation and Shop.orgin 2005. This was way back when buying stuff on the internet was not a popular choice. This sale event was created in a deliberate attempt to boost online sales and compete with big brands that offered major sales on Black Friday. However, once the event grew in popularity, the big brands jumped on board with their own online sales.

Originally, the main difference between these two sale events was that Black Friday was held in-stores and Cyber Monday was only online. Now Black Friday is both in-store and online, whereas Cyber Monday is only online.


When do Cyber Monday 2020 sales start for Australians?

Cyber Monday deals will start on the 30 November. However, what you may not realise is that unlike physical stores, these sales start smack bang on midnight. As a result, we would strongly suggest setting your alarms or having a bit of a late night to get ahead on some of the deals. You can also check back here where we will be live updating all the best Cyber Monday sales so you can see them all in one place.

You might have realised by now that Cyber Monday is actually Monday and Tuesday. That’s because of the time difference between Australia and the US. So while it does start on a Monday in the US, it’s more of a Monday night / Tuesday day thing for us.


Are the deals only on Cyber Monday?

No. Deals start the day after Thanksgiving (Friday) on what’s called Black Friday. It’s the first day of the holiday and Christmas shopping period, and therefore the first day of sales.

Some even argue that you’re better off going shopping on Black Friday (or even on Thanksgiving), as by the time Cyber Monday rolls around you’ll find you’ve been pipped to the post with an out-of-stock sign. According to Adobe research, it’s even suggested that prices are lowest on Thanksgiving and increase as Black Friday and Cyber Monday come around.

It’s up to you, honestly, but just know that the sales do start as early as Thanksgiving Thursday.


What stores hold Cyber Monday sales?

While the deals for these haven’t been announced yet, these online shops are notorious for being part of Cyber Monday.


Cyber Monday stores with free shipping:

What is ShopMate, and how can I use it to order something from America?

Have you ever wanted to buy something from the US but not been able to because it doesn’t do international shipping? That’s where ShopMate comes in. It works with Australia Post to offer a fixed US address for you to send your US-shipping-only items to, and then they’ll forward your item from that address to your Australian one.


Tips and tricks for Australians on Cyber Monday

  • Do your research. Unlike Australia’s answer to Cyber Monday, Click Frenzy, many retailers publish their deals before the day, meaning you have time to consider your options and really find the best bargain. Then, there’s also Black Friday, Thanksgiving Day, and PRE-Thanksgiving sales you should consider. Our suggestion? Start hunting for bargains now, because a lot of retailers are already advertising, if not selling, them.
  • Make sure the retailer ships to Australia. Always a good one to check before you get excited over a deal. That being said, you can now take advantage of Australia Post’s ShopMate service, which provides you with a US postal address to get items shipped to, before delivering them to Australia.
  • Shop around and shop early. You might find a better deal elsewhere or prior to Cyber Monday. If it’s a bargain on Thursday or Friday with a price you’re willing to pay, jump on it before it either goes up (a common ploy many retailers do to make a little more from the shopping hype) or before it is sold out.

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