In the past years, Cyber Monday has gained much popularity among the people in UK. This shopping event which started in US and was cemented in 2005 has come to the UK in 2009 but only became a big hit in 2012. In the past, it was the first Monday of December that was the biggest online shopping day in the UK, however, because of globalization and great marketing from big names like Amazon, Argos, Tesco and many more, Cyber Monday became the heftiest shopping day online for the people of the United Kingdom.
The History of Cyber Monday in the UK
Cyber Monday was a term coined in 2005 by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman for an article they wrote for Shop.org. This article was titled: “‘Cyber Monday’ Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”. Cyber Monday became the online counterpart of Black Friday. This was the day where stores that were smaller or only had an online shop competed with big brick and mortar retailers.
The term Cyber Monday was coined because many people would shop online when they came back to work after their Thanksgiving holidays in the US. In the UK, since this was the week before Christmas, many people would shop before the festivities started to have the gifts prepared in time for the coming holidays.
This shopping day was also called Mega Monday in the United Kingdom, however due to world wide marketing and the effects of globalization, the term Cyber Monday took over as the official name of this massive sale day.
Cyber Monday Statistics
Over the years, many Britons started to choose shopping online over shopping instore. Black Friday has become not just a brick and mortar sale, but rather an online event as well. Cyber Monday being the bigger online discount date, presented huge savings for everyone.
And because of this wide sales, many from the UK are expected to shop on this date. Predictions say that about 50% of the British will spend on online shopping come Cyber Monday. It is also said that they will shop more online this year over shopping on their PCs.
Spending will also increase through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. An amount of £200 is estimated to be spent by online shoppers as compared to last year’s spending of about £170. And surprisingly, men will be seen to be spending more than women.
According to many online pages I’ve read, most people will spend their money to shop for themselves rather than for others as many still plan to do Christmas shopping come December’s first payday.
Cyber Monday will showcase electronics, gadgets, clothes, beauty products, white goods and so much more. Big names like Amazon, Argos, Debenhams, Very.co.uk, John Lewis, Tesco and many more will compete for the shoppers’ pound.
Amazon is said to top online sales followed by eBay and then Argos. Amazon got a total of 26.17% of online visits and sold the most items.
Fitbit was the most sellable product online due the great hype and discounts this product had. Nintendo Switch was also widely bought due having a great price cut. Amazon tech items like the Echo Dot and other Echo speakers also garnered a lot of sales. Laptops and consoles were also popular last Cyber Monday as well as smartphones.
CyberMondayUkDeals.co.uk predicts that in this years sales, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be a big winner, as well as 4k OLED hdtvs, and, like last year, AI assistants such as Amazon’s alexa Echo Dot.
Clothes made money last year and many people bought dozens of clothes online. Shoes, bag and accessories were also discounted. Online travel companies also gave discounts for flights and hotel rooms. Toys were also on sale, however they bagged more sales in the next week, up to Christmas.
Cyber Monday UK Deals
There are many deals expected to pop up on Cyber Monday. Many stores will offer big savings of up to 89% off. Sites will provide free shipping, however you may need to purchase a certain amount to get this. However, to save you from getting burn out from checking too many websites, watch out for sites that provide track big sites for the best sales and discounts.
This will help you weed out the good deals from the less interesting ones and save you time. A good Cyber Monday website for the UK I found is the one I previously mentioned, cybermondayukdeals.co.uk. This site is particularly useful for finding the best deals on big sites such as Amazon Cyber Weekend deals, PC World deals and Argos special offers.
Some websites give you vouchers and promocodes that are exclusive for their site and thus watching out for this can give you a better bang for your buck.
Try googling discount codes as well to find if you can cut the price even more. You may also get coupons to decrease the amount you need to pay.
Do some research ahead of time and watch out for scams as well. Be careful when shopping online and avoid phishing sites.
I hope that helps and have fun and save money this Cyber Monday 2018.