Find the perfect Christmas gift – and maybe save some £££ too (Picture: Getty)
If you love a bargain, you’ll know about Black Friday – but what about Cyber Monday?
The former is, of course, the annual day which sees retailers push their sales and slash prices on items such as tech, household appliances and beauty supplies, among others.
Black Friday takes place the day after US Thanksgiving, and is particularly popular with anyone looking to sort their Christmas shopping early.
However, it’s not the only day when you can hunt for a deal, as the Monday after is known as Cyber Monday.
So, just what is Cyber Monday, and on what date does it take place this year?
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday deals tend to blur into Black Friday ones, these days (Picture: Getty)
Cyber Monday is, if you will, the online cousin to Black Friday – the Gen Z to Black Friday’s millennial.
The day is another opportunity to bag a bargain on big ticket items and Christmas presents.
In the past, Black Friday was strongly associated with shops on the high street or in shopping malls and the crazy discounts they would offer on their products for one day only after Thanksgiving.
Cyber Monday is just the internet-based equivalent of Black Friday, forged by online retailers after the explosion and popularisation of online shopping.
However, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no longer separate entities as the lines between the worlds of physical shopping and online become more and more blurred.
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Many Black Friday sales are no longer just held on one day, either. Often extended throughout the whole of November, many will come to a close on Cyber Monday.
When is Cyber Monday 2022 and when was the first Cyber Monday?
In 2022, Cyber Monday takes place on Monday, November 28.
But the first ever Cyber Monday took place 17 years ago, all the way back in 2005.
The term was created by the marketing team at Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation – the world’s largest trade retail association.
In research, they found that the Monday after Thanksgiving was one of the biggest days of the year for online shopping– and that a lot of people would log on to their work computers to make purchases.
Cyber Monday was created for online shopping back in 2005 (Picture: Getty)
Possibly, that’s due to people having slower Internet connections at home at that time.
The New York Times reported in 2005: ‘The name Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and …read more