Cyber Monday: 5 tips for online shopping success

Phew!

You survived Black Friday. Or maybe you just avoided it all together. Either way, get ready to take your shopping spree online for Cyber Monday.

If you haven’t already done so, here are a few things you may need to do to get ready:

Membership has advantages: Join the loyalty programs for any retailers you plan to shop. Also sign up for their email alerts, follow them on Twitter and Pinterest and like them on Facebook for additional deals and up-to-the minute information.

Divide and conquer: Create a dedicated email account for your online shopping so you don’t have to sift through personal emails to get the deals. This is also a good place to send e-receipts from brick-and-mortar stores.

C’mon, get appy: An increasing number of apps can help you navigate the world of e-commerce with your smartphone or tablet. For example, the Find.com app helps you compare prices of items online and watches when they drop. The PriceBlink app self-activates every time you shop online and will alert you to coupons and special offers for the site you’re shopping on. It also lets you know if the same item is available for less anywhere else in cyberspace. The TGICyberMonday app aggregates Cyber Monday deals from major retailers.

The early bird gets it: Shop early — maybe even now. Retailers have been running online deals all week and you can still take advantage of them. Check your targeted websites in advance to make sure you are ready for new deals when they go up early Monday morning.

Be safe: Instead of paying with debit cards, use credit cards, which have better fraud protection.Don’t save your information at retailers’ websites; enter it manually each time. Shop from home. Your home connection is more secure than public networks or Wi-Fi, even at work. And if you are at work, remember to heed your company’s policy for web-surfing.

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– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog


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November 25th, 2012
6:15 pm

Does AJC have a corporate wireless network that is actually less secure than home? Really? If so, get some new IT guys. Work should be not only AES 256 encrypted, but also authenticated. Home, unlikely. Besides, who shops at home these days? Most corporate networks have more Facebook hits than all others combined, inlcuding advertising — you can bet that people shop from work much more than from home these days.

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November 25th, 2012
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I always use my cc’s when shopping online because of the fraud protection you mentioned. It’s much easier to claim fraud and write off the debts, than to try and get your money put back into your checking account. I’ve been reading all about Cyber Monday http://www.allwomensboots.com/cyber-monday-2012-deals-start-now/ and I’m curious if the deals are really any better than what I’ll find online between now and Christmas?