Black Friday is ancient, but Cyber Monday was born in 2005, when online shopping was booming. The initial difference was that while Black Friday was a brick-and-mortar tradition of discounts, Cyber Monday was the online sale. As we stand today, both Black Friday and Cyber Monday is an online phenomenon, but news reports have it that in the past few years, Cyber Mondays have generated $7.9 billion in sales while Black Friday stands at $6.2 billion.
Why Monday and not Saturday or Tuesday? Well it turned out people liked to shop while they were at the office, using fast computers and high-speed connections. In the early days of online shopping, Monday proved a lucrative day for online stores; so here it is!
WHAT IS CYBER MONDAY?
Cyber Monday is a shopping holiday which falls on the Monday following Thanksgiving. It is a day in which retailers often give enormous discounts to online shoppers. As a result, tens of millions of shoppers shop on this day in an attempt to get the best deal for themselves or to get the best gift for the holiday shopping season. Although it was once thought of as a strictly American holiday, it is now celebrated all over the world.
The term Cyber Monday was coined by Ellen Davis and first used within the e-commerce community during the 2005 holiday season. Cyber Monday has become the online equivalent to Black Friday where even small retailers can compete with larger chains. This year, Cyber Monday falls on December 2.
BLACK FRIDAY VS. CYBER MONDAY
Black Friday was born at retail. Cyber Monday was the online world’s answer. So, in the beginning, you’d hit the stores on Friday, then hit cyberspace on Monday.
Now, Black Friday is as much an online event, although plenty of stores still run sales that require shoppers to actually show up. Since the online world has fully embraced Black Friday, Cyber Monday is no more exclusive. However, it gives you yet another chance if you missed your Black Friday sale and you can enjoy the “holiday” spirit without the holiday crowd.
If you ask, which one gives you better deals? Then the honest answer is, it depends on what you’re looking for. But to be fair, Black Friday takes the trophy for better sales, but Cyber Mondays still attract shoppers to bag deals they likely missed on Black Friday. Since Cyber Monday is an online event, we don’t have to worry about its expiry.
HOW IS CYBER MONDAY IN THE UAE?
Retailers in the UAE launch their Cyber Monday deals at different times, offering discounts on clothing, consumer electronics, cosmetics, and other retail product categories. While Black Friday is superb, Cyber Monday has some amazing deals too.
Our choicest Cyber Monday picks
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NON STICK FRY PAN SET
A great addition in your kitchen, this beautiful set of Non-stick fry pan ensures uniform heat for efficient cooking as it features a scratch-resistant coating and you can get it for only AED 21 instead of AED 48 on Cyber Monday.
8 PIECE REPAIRING TOOL SET
This 8 piece weather and stain repairing toolset ensure that they will last for years to come. It features a comfortable and anti-slip grip. It is ideal for household and mechanical purposes. It is made up of high-quality material for enhanced durability. Buyers can get it for AED 25 instead of AED 29.
ELECTRIC COFFEE GRINDER
This fabulous electric coffee grinder enables you to grind coffee beans, nuts, spices and so on within a minimum span of time. Its industrial design ensures noise-reduced operation and high-quality blades. Get it for AED 21 and save AED 18.60.
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BURGANDY TOTE BAG
Burgandy is the color of winter. Opt for this handy tote bag from the house of Dune London. Made of plain synthetic material, this bag is not only stylish but gives you an assurance for years to come. The single shoulder straps facilitate hassle-free and effortless portability. While the actual price is AED 449, get it for AED 269.
SNAKE PRINT MULES
Snakeskin has dominated the fashion scene of 2019 and looks like the trend isn’t going anywhere next year. That is why it will be feasible to purchase this multi-colored snakeskin, pointed toe, and kitten heel mules from Charles & Keith. Described to be a “combination of femininity and roughness with a shallow cutting design and back-open details. It is easy to walk with low heels, and it is a pair that would like you to challenge even those who do not usually wear heels.” Get 36% off on these and buy it for only AED 179.
MESH DETAILED LACE-UP RUNNING SHOES
Winter is that time of the year when it is extremely difficult to stay active. That is why you need a good motivation to keep you up and running. So here it is, Puma’s casual kicks that is trendy and comfy. The white pair with black and green accentuate can be paired with jeans or shorts. Get 35% off on 6th Street and own this pair only for AED 192.
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SATIN DRESS WITH A TIE DETAIL
Festive mood calls for a beautiful dress. H&M’s calf-length satin dress that is softly draped and looks elegant with V-neck and a cross tie is a perfect attire to don on Christmas eve. The long gathered sleeves and wide cuffs with covered buttons gives it a vintage edge. Seam at the waist, a concealed zip at the back and a flared skirt with a seam and wide flounce at the hem is a full 10/10.
Sweater weather calls for that one stylish sweater! H&M’s men’s collection of sweaters is a fine one and we love this fine-knit cotton cardigan with a shawl collar. The buttons down sweater with ribbing at the cuffs and hem is a cozy fit for Christmas. What say?
JUMPER WITH A COLLAR
A jumper cum shirt is a winter charm of layering. Get your kids this soft, fine-knit cotton jumper with a woven collar for Christmas. It is basic but trendy, and the ribbing at the cuffs and the hem give this jumper a neat look. Now, can we have this in adult size, please?
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