Update: Best Buy's Cyber Monday sale has already begun, and true to form, the store is offering some great deals.
Check out our top picks from the sale below, to make the most of your money, or read on to see what's still to come on Cyber Monday.
Note that many of these deals will require you to pay via Visa Checkout to get the price.
- Sony PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Console with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition for $224.99 via Visa Checkout
- Google Home Voice-Controlled Speaker for $74.25 via Visa Checkout
- Westinghouse 32" 720p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television for $64.99 via Visa Checkout
- Disney Infinity 3.0 Figures and Power Discs for 49 cents
- Sony EX Series Earbud Headphones for $3.99
- Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit for $94.99 via Visa Checkout
- Apple TV 32GB Media Receiver for $102.49 via Visa Checkout
- Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker for $124.99 via Visa Checkout
- Unlocked Motorola Moto X Pure Edition 32GB 4G LTE Android Smartphone for $224.99 via Visa Checkout
- Amazon Echo Voice-Controlled Bluetooth Speaker for $114.99 via Visa Checkout
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6" eBook Reader with Special Offers for $74.99 via Visa Checkout
- See all of the latest deals from Best Buy here
Tips for Shopping at Best Buy on Cyber Monday
Best Buy is one of the most popular stores for Cyber Monday shopping, with discounts on video games, electronics, smartphones, tablets, and more. But with so much variety to be had, it can be hard to know when to pounce on a particular product. We've put together a handy guide to help you get the "best buys" from Best Buy this Cyber Monday.
Wait Until Monday for the Best Cyber Deals
Like most of the other major retailers, Best Buy will probably begin offering "Cyber" sales on Sunday to capitalize on consumer enthusiasm. Last year we saw a Cyber Rush sale on Sunday, which morphed into a Cyber Savings Event on Monday.
While the 2015 Sunday offer did feature some notable deals, these were mainly on minor electronics like batteries, remotes, and computer accessories. Monday was actually a much better day for nabbing a decent deal.
Cyber Monday to Feature Better Deals Than Black Friday
Granted, Thanksgiving is likely to be the all-around best day to shop at Best Buy during the Black Friday-Cyber Monday period. This is because Best Buy is one of the retailers most responsible for that dreaded Black Friday creep. For the last two years, Best Buy has run doorbuster deals on Thanksgiving from 5 pm through 1 am local time.
The good news is that our research into Best Buy's past sales habits shows that, apart from Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday is the best day to score savings. We typically expect to see a higher quantity and caliber of deals on this day, leading to a greater number of offers being marked with our illustrious Editors' Choice seal of approval.
The bad news is that this trend is constrained to Cyber Monday itself and we predict a drastic reduction in sales from Tuesday on. Last year we experienced about 50% fewer deals compared to Black Friday week. We did still see a "Cyber Deals Sale" on the Friday after Cyber Monday, but it wasn't anywhere near as hot.
Plan to Shop for Electronics
Best Buy has traditionally focused its sales on electronics, ranging from laptops and computer components, to small appliances like mixers and vacuums. Last year, some of the hottest offers included a 50" TV for $270 (a savings of $110) and a Canon laser printer at $75 (a $38 low).
Some of Best Buy's most noteworthy offers have been for audio-visual equipment like speakers. The most popular Cyber Monday deal we saw in this category last year was a $130 price low on a pair of Bose wireless Bluetooth headphones. We also saw discounts on receivers, speakers, and streaming media players.
If you're hoping to bag a new smartphone or tablet, Cyber Monday is a good day to shop. Last year we saw savings of up to $200 on smartphones, including the Apple iPhone 6s, Moto 4X, and an unlocked Windows 8.1 phone. The iPhone 6s is particularly noteworthy because it even beat Target's Black Friday offer by $50.
Don't Expect Top Video Games to be Reduced
Another major category where we expect to see savings is video games and accessories, with offers similar to last year's BOGO 50% off sale on Nintendo 3DS games. But don't expect the latest and greatest titles to be discounted. Last year we saw Snoopy's Grand Adventure on Xbox 360 and Wii U for $15, two Disney Infinity figures for $7, and the Skylanders Trap Team starter pack for PS3 for $15.
What Not to Shop For on Cyber Monday
While Best Buy excels at electronics deals, there are some categories where deals are surprisingly lacking. Cameras and camcorders were sadly excluded from deal-worthy discounts throughout the Black Friday-Cyber Monday period last year. Other (perhaps less surprising) omissions were items in the health and fitness category, although we did see a Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker for just a few cents more than its Editors' Choice price direct at the Microsoft store.
Of course many consumers use the shopping holiday to stock up on presents for their near and dear. But Cyber Monday at Best Buy may not be the best place to shop for your nearest and dearest, despite an exciting range of toys, games, and drones on offer. Apart from the video games and accessories we mentioned earlier, we saw very few toy offers last year and sadly can't see this year being any better.
Readers, are you planning to shop at Best Buy on Cyber Monday? What deals are you hoping to see? Let us know in the comments below!
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