Cyber Monday UK 2018: What to Expect

Cyber Monday UK 2018In 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.

How to Write Well?

Writing is a passion. It comes from the heart of a writer who wishes to tell a story, to teach others and to share some thoughts and information. But at times writing can be difficult too. It can be a tideous process. Sometimes, even the best writers get scared and afraid to write.

There are so many reasons why a person can’t write. One common reason is writer’s block. It is when your brain feels so dry it can beat the Sahara dessert. You can’t put anything down into words. You stare into your computer or typewriter aimlessly as time dwindles by.

Tips on How To Write Well

Writing well means practicing your craft. It means making time to write and read and hone your skills in writing. Good writing needs dedication and imagination.

How do you write well? Well it depends. It depends on what you are writing and how passionate you are in what you do.

1. Read more – A writer who does not read is not a writer. If you only write what you think and never listen to or read other people’s work, then you are bound to write stale and repetitive things. You need to read in order for you to appreciate the beauty of the written word. It is essential to read because it expands your views and opinions. It allows you to learn different techniques and approaches to writing, but most of all reading can inspire you.

2. Write the way you speak – Writing can be difficult at times, but if you write from your heart then you are bound to write the way you speak. Write as you would talk. Write as you would sound. If you write this way you are bound to write well.

3. Stop browsing social media – I know social media can be a great way to gather ideas for content, but it is also a good way to KILL TIME. And with that, you can mindlessly sit there scrolling up and up but the page never ends.

Focus on your work. Even if you feel you can’t write anything anymore, try to be still. Try to write.

4. Allow you mind to wander – Give you brain a much needed stroll. You need to let your imagination flow. You need time to think and relax. You can never put out good content if you never let your brain have some time to relax and soak in its creative juices. You need to sleep too. You need that me time.

5. Find inspiration from the things around you – Talk to people, read books, go to cafes, raid old bookstores, eat icecream at the park, play with dogs and cats and go to museums. Find something that you can draw inspiration from. You need to see the world to tell a story, create a poem and write an article.

6. Let your writing breathe – Don’t be overly critical with your work. Once you’ve written something, let it breathe. Don’t murder it up and butcher it with your own critisizms. You need to let your writing relax and live. Give it a few hours. Then go back to it. Take a deep breath and reread it.

7. Respect the writing process – Good writing requires time, devotion and patience. If you never devote time to it, you can never be a good writer. You need to practice. You need to drink that coffe and sit down in front of your computer and WRITE SOMETHING. Yes, you will do odd things just to put something down. Yes thee will be days that you will stink from not showering, but you have to give it your all if you really want to create an artistic piece of writing.

The Dreaded Writer’s Block

All writer experience it. All writers get fogged up at times. We need inspiration. We need hot coffee and a good cry and tantrum here and there. But we can over come a writers block. Write jibberish if you must, but DO WRITE SOMETHING.

Cyber Monday, Black Friday and My Addiction To Online Shopping

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I am a writer. I work at home while wearing my pajamas. I sit in front of the computer and sip coffee all day. I am a hopeless romantic. I love long walks on the beach. But I’m not all good. I do eat chocolates for breakfast and I do SHOP ONLINE, A LOT!

I have been a writer since I can remember, but I also have been into clothes since I was young. But I don’t really like to spend my hard earned money on high brand items. Getting discounts and finding sales make me feel happy.

Yes I’m addicted to online shopping.

Tips for Online Shopping

I write to help people. I write to make the lives of others better. I write articles online here and there to give tips and how to’s. I write children’s books on the side to make kids smile. Because of that, this article won’t be complete without me putting out some sort of a list to help you find the best deals online.

1. Sign up to deals – If you sign up to sites that offer deals you can get vacations, clothes, shoes for much less. I have gone to a beautiful island in Thailand by getting a deal online.

2. Find online vouchers – Same as above, if you google promo codes and apply them before you check out, you can save lots of money.

3. Shop at end of season sales – Most people want to be updated with fashion and buy their clothes when the season begins. But these stuff are much more expensive. If you shop for versatile and classic clothes, even if you buy them in the end of the season you can still use them further on.

4. Shop during massive sales – Okay okay, this was coming. I love big sales. I love summer sales, Christmas sales and most specially BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY, particularly in the UK these days because you get such great deals. I got my big TV on Black Friday and a truck load of clothes from Cyber Monday deals.

What is Cyber Monday and Black Friday?

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Okay, I know you probably know what these dates are but for those who don’t and for the purpose of dishing out what my writer brain wants to put down, I’ll define Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Well, these are only the two greatest shopping days EVER.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Since 1932, it has been the greatest shopping day in the US. In the UK, it is the mark of the start of parties and Christmas cheer and hence, the UK police called it Black Friday due to the number of causalities they got because this is the last Friday before December. Many people start drinking and partying on this Friday and hence accidents come ergo the name Black Friday. In Mexico, they celebrate Black Friday towards the Good Week near Monday of the Mexican Revolution.

You can expect as much 89% discount on electronics, gadgets, appliances, clothes and even groceries on Black Friday.

Cyber Monday is the extension of Black Friday. It is a day where people got back from feasting during the Thanksgiving weekend and shopped online in their offices. It became an official term in 2005 when Ellen Davis used the term “Cyber Monday” on their financial magazine.

Cyber Monday has exclusive deals that may not be available in-store. It only lasts for a day, unlike Black Friday that may extend to Saturday and Sunday.

I love these dates because I don’t want to spend too much. I have so many fond memories of Cyber Monday and Black Friday over the years.

Why I Love Shopping Holidays?

I’m sure you picture writers as flannel clad, wearing glasses and have coffee stains on our shirts and pants (if we remember to put them on) but we also do like to look good do. We are just like anyone and we also want to shop!

I remember my first Black Friday sale when I was a kid. My mom brought me along. I was 10. I had a knack for helping my mom out and I also liked shopping. There were so many people! I even saw people camping outside the store!

We were not rich back then. I think we were even poor. My mom could not really buy us clothes for the rest of the year and she really hunted for bargains. Black Friday was her day to give us what we needed. My mom was (and still is) the best bargain hunter I know.

My mom always, always brought me to Black Friday, Christmas sales, flee markets and all sorts of places to get a good deal. When I was in highschool, the internet became a boom. So she started browsing discounts online. She did prefer shopping in-store though. But as she became older, she preferred shopping online at times.

Cyber Monday and Black Friday Deals That I Got

Well, I do prefer shopping online because of the free delivery I usually get from Amazon for my books and stuff, but in store shopping is always fun.

Black Friday Stuff:

1. 40” TV

2. PlayStation

3. Loads of cat food

4. Shoes

5. Plates

6. My super comfy mattress

Cyber Monday Finds:

1. Pricey Make-up that I got for 80% off

2. Clothes, clothes, clothes

3. Digital Camera

4. Supplements and vitamins

5. Coffee beans

6. Shoes

7. Swimwear

8. The list goes on!

I’m a Shapaholic

I confess to being a shapaholic, but I’m a thrifty one. I don’t spend too much. So here I am writing my heart out about shopping and shopping holidays. I hope you enjoyed my musings.

Does Age Matter In Love

skeletal-601213_640May-December affairs, love been a younger and older person; so does age matter in love? Love is love we have always heard that. Love comes in all forms shapes and sizes. On the other hand, our society still frowns upon people who have huge age gaps getting into a relationship. So does age really matter?

Love is Love

Love is love. We always hear this phrase. It does not actually mater who you are and where you come from when it comes to love. We naturally feel attraction to people who we can fit into the puzzle of our hearts.

Your age, your social status or your gender does not matter when it comes to true love. Although in building a relationship what you bring in is who you are, but honestly if the love is true age should not matter.

Morals and Our Society

Of course not everyone would agree with me. Some people see a huge age gap as a hindrance to happy and healthy relationship. There is the issue of experiences and maturity. There is a lot a adjustment and understanding that needs to be done in this type of relationship, but nothing that cannot be achieved.

Many people frown upon young people dating older people because of what it may translate to. There is the issue of gold-digging. There is also the issue of the older person preying on the younger one because he or she has more money to lure the other person in.

Many people would argue that we are not animals to just mate with anyone and be done with it. They say that we need to put many things into consideration before we date. A big factor is the social-economic status of each individual which is normally in question with age disparity.

Of course we understand the case of frowning upon an age gap when one member of the couple is a minor, because this is not acceptable. On the other hand, there is always the case that they argue about immaturity.

Monetary usury has always been a big issue. One person is wlling to give money while the other person takes advantage of an older person or vice versa.

Love Wins

But not all horrible horrors about May-December affairs are true. There is real and true love. If people just see those who use such relationships to make personal gains then they are blinded and are not able to see true love. Some people are old souls despite being young and most old people are just young souls in an older body who have more experiences than others.

A lot of times people put other people in boxes. They label people and they feel mortified when a person goes out of this box. But we are humans with free spirits and we cannot be boxed. We choose our own genders, dreams and whoever we will love. Let love win. Age does not matter!