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12 Cyber Monday Sales That Are a Waste of Money

It's considered one of the biggest shopping days of the year—but Cyber Monday, which falls on December 2 this year, isn't all deals and steals. Before you buy, here are the items that are not worth your Cyber Monday clicks.

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Cyber Monday deals

The Monday after Thanksgiving is now synonymous with online shopping—but that doesn’t automatically mean that every computer, sofa, Barbie doll, or winter coat is worthy of your attention. Cyber Monday kicks off at 12 a.m. on December 2, but sites like Amazon begin announcing discounts as early as November 22. Researching past Amazon Cyber Monday deals provides a good indication of the sales you can expect this year, and visiting a site like Coupons.com before you shop can clue you into additional savings on items and shipping costs. But the best shopping tools are only as good as your insider knowledge on what to buy and what to skip. Find out the best Cyber Monday deals on Amazon.

Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.

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TVs

Electronics are one of the most sought-after shopping categories on Cyber Monday—who would blame you for wanting to snag a brand new television for every room in your home? But it’s better to pace yourself and focus your attention on specific electronics that will see a significant reduction in price. Streaming devices like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, as well as most (but not all) 4K TV’s are a smarter purchase during the Thanksgiving week.

“We really expect speakers to be one of the best electronics buys for Cyber Monday,” says Julie Ramhold, Consumer Analyst with DealNews.com. “However, I wouldn’t rule out TVs completely—we expect to see a similar number of TV deals on Monday as on Thanksgiving, and there’s a chance Black Friday prices could return for select sets (if they even stopped over the weekend).”

What to buy instead: If last year’s Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals are any indication, invest in the Amazon Echo Plus, which came down to $109.99 from $149.99.

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Laptops

Craving a new MacBook Air and assuming Cyber Monday is the ideal time to replace your old laptop with a shiny new one? Whether you’re an Apple or Windows devotee, all laptop shopping should be done the week before Cyber Monday to score serious deals. “Black Friday is definitely the best time to purchase a laptop, as we tend to see the biggest discounts then,” Ramhold says. “However, if you miss out, Cyber Monday has historically had a similar number of laptop deals.” Scoop up the best buys with these 13 new tricks to finding the Best Black Friday deals.

What to buy instead: Play it safe by purchasing your laptop on Black Friday and turning your Cyber Monday focus on computer accessories like the Jelly Comb Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard.

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Jewelry

If you have your eye on a diamond ring or a pair of gold earrings, past Cyber Monday deals prove that it’s wiser to wait a few weeks before investing in luxury items like quality jewelry. “There will be jewelry deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but as a general rule, we say hold off until later in December,” Ramhold says. “Jewelry deals are rarely noteworthy. Our “Staff Picks” are deals that we consider the best-of-the-best and in the past year, only 11 jewelry deals have earned that designation.” These are the 25 things your jeweler won’t tell you for free.

What to buy instead: You can still find savings on items that will feel every bit as luxurious as rubies, like the Daiwa Felicity Hand Massager, which is expected to be reduced from $84.99 to $56.66.

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Furniture

Having patience and making that old sofa or dining room table last a few more months in your home will be worth your while—because Cyber Monday is not the ideal sales day to purchase chairs and armoirs or begin experimenting with Hygge decorating trends. “The best time to redo your living room is actually in January or the 3-day holiday weekends throughout the year like Presidents Day and Memorial Day,” says Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert from RetailMeNot. Find out the Target Black Friday deals that are too good to miss.

What to buy instead: Prep your rooms and keep them clean (for when you do make those big furniture purchases) with the iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum, which has been reduced to $219.99 from $249.99.

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Home décor

Curtains, lamps, tablecloths, and other items that jazz up your home fall under the same category as furniture on Cyber Monday—there simply won’t be enough good deals to make them tempting. Plan to redecorate later on in the season and search for home décor deals in January or Presidents Day.

What to buy instead: In the meantime, the Eve Light Strip adds ambient lighting and pops of brightness under kitchen cabinets and in dark corners—and it will be reduced to $59.99 from $78.14.

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Smartphones

Sorry to burst bubbles, but the deals you may find on smartphones on Black Friday generally do not carry over to Cyber Monday, according to MarketWatch. And if you’re hoping for a brand new iPhone, the reality is that Apple does not offer discounts on new models.

What to buy instead: You can wait for better smartphone deals to appear later in December, closer to the holidays, and, in the meantime, score this Case-Mate iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max Case, which has been reduced to $26.99 from $39.99. Smartphone cases are one of the things you should always buy on Amazon.

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Toys

Who wouldn’t want to jump at the chance to stock up on toy deals a few weeks before the holiday rush begins? But, aside from a few exceptions, games, dolls, and figures aren’t solid Cyber Monday purchases. “Many people might be tempted to snag the latest and greatest toys, but deals on toys will be at their steepest in the two weeks leading up to Christmas, so hold off for another week or so,” Skirboll says. “Stores don’t want to be overstocked with toys as they head into post-holiday season, so the closer to the holiday, the more discounted these items will be.”

What to buy instead: But Amazon will be slashing up to 50 percent off on Fortnite toys, like the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection Mega Fort Display Set, which is expected to be reduced to $11.25 from $29.99. But if you do find a deal on one of these hottest Christmas toys, scoop it up before it sells out.

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Kitchen appliances

Your wallet always benefits when big-ticket items like refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens go on sale— but you’re more likely to find kitchen appliances at a reduced price on Black Friday, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July, according to Digital Trends.

What to buy instead: Think smaller on Cyber Monday and you’ll find savings in items like the Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus Electric Pressure Cooker, which has been reduced to $59.86 from $79.95 and could go down even further in price.

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Fitness equipment

There’s a reason why gyms are always packed to the gills in January and February: there’s something about new beginnings that inspires people to get healthier. Unfortunately, Cyber Monday is just a wee bit too early for retailers to think about dropping the prices of treadmills, stationary bikes, and weights. “While it can be tempting to get ahead of your New Year’s resolutions and snag some fitness equipment for yourself, the best discounts will be found in the new year when people are wanting to start the year off on a good foot,” says Skirboll. Looking to travel? These are the best Cyber Monday hotel and vacation deals.

What to buy instead: You can still make health-conscious purchases, like the Eve Room Indoor Air Quality Monitor, reduced to $72.95 from $99.95.

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Mattresses

There are a few times throughout the year when you’ll find the best savings on mattresses, according to Nerd Wallet: March or April and Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Black Friday. In other words: not on Cyber Monday.

What to buy instead: But while you wait and research a new mattress purchase, you can indulge in this highly rated AmazonBasics Jersey Bed Sheet Set, reduced to $34.21 from $42.99 (Amazon offers savings of up to 30 percent on bedroom and bathroom essentials on Cyber Monday). These are more of the top sleep products on Amazon.

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Designer Handbags

Coveting a new or vintage Chanel bag? Solid sales on luxury accessories like classic handbags and scarves are hard to pin down, Ramhold says, as many designers announce sales according to their own time frames and needs, rather than following a holiday schedule. “If discounts aren’t notable, check back with stores in the new year, particularly in April when many will be kicking off early Mother’s Day sales,” Ramhold says. These are 20 of the best beauty and makeup stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.

What to buy instead: The good news is that you will find Cyber Monday discounts on beauty, skincare, and hair tools on Amazon—including 30 percent off on Garnier SkinActive Soothing Skin Care Set, which includes three skincare products priced at $26.20.

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Winter clothing

Temperatures are plummeting and it has never seemed like a better time to invest in a winter coat or heavy wool sweaters. But, if you can hold onto last year’s winter items for just a few more months, you’ll save more money in the long run. The best sales on coats and winter clothing begin appearing in January and February, around the same time retailers stock spring fashions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find amazing blouses, trousers, and lighter jackets on Cyber Monday. “Clothing is a smart purchase on Amazon, with discounts up to 35 percent off on fall clothing,” Skirboll says. Here’s more on how to navigate Cyber Monday like a pro.

What to buy instead: In other words: it’s the perfect time to stock up on basics like this Goodthreads Women’s Washed Cotton Boyfriend Tunic, which comes in six sizes and 11 classic colors and prints.