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Online Retailers Offer Specials for Cyber Monday

Online Retailers Offer Specials for Cyber Monday
By: Christy Hendricks

It's Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Thanksgiving that marks the beginning of online holiday shopping.

What Black Friday is to traditional stores, Cyber Monday is to online retailers.

The term "Cyber Monday" was coined in 2005 but retailers saw the trends of a spike in online sales the Monday after Thanksgiving years before that.

Part of the premise is that people shop online at work where they have faster internet connecitons, but now more and more people have high speed internet a home. connects shoppers with hourly specials from more than 500 retailers.

The National Retailers Association says more than 80-percent of retailers will offer special online promotions.  Last year an estimated 72 million Americans logged on.

A big draw this year -- free shipping.

Shopping online is easier; you can do it from home; often there's a better selection.  But there are some negatives like waiting for items to be shipped and not being able to hold the item in your hand before buying.

There are several things you can do to make sure your online purchases are safe. 

  1. Use some common sense, know who you're buying from and what you're buying.
  2. Pay by credit or charge card.
  3. Look for the "https" in the web address.  That "s" means it's a secure site.  Also look for the little padlock or unbroken key at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Print and save your online transactions.

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