Cyber Monday 2013 – the essential guide

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    Inspired by Black Friday – where the day after Thanksgiving across the pond marks the start of the Christmas shopping season – Monday 2nd December 2013 is now tipped to be the biggest online shopping day of the year and has been cleverly dubbed ‘Cyber Monday’.

    With November payday only just gone and the reality that Christmas really is just around the corner, Cyber Monday coincidentally just happens to be the perfect time to get started on all that Christmas shopping, whether that’s in the form of toys and electronics or hotels and travel.

    Plus, sitting at home on the laptop with a cuppa is far more tempting than pushing past busy crowds three days before The Big Day!

    Top tips

    If you’re planning to shop on a specific site on Cyber Monday, make sure you sign up to specific retailer newsletters and think about following them on Facebook,
    Twitter or Pinterest, as you can often snag exclusive voucher codes or are notified in advance of
    hot deals.

    Do make sure you read the return/exchange policies for each retailer. Some retailers will
    not refund/exchange items purchased on Cyber Monday so be sure to keep
    this in mind.

    If you’re shopping on your mobile or laptop in a coffee shop or library etc, find out if the public WiFi hotspot you’re using is secure. If it’s not, your payment information could be
    compromised over the network.

    Use sites like CyberMonday.co.uk to stay on top of all of the Cyber
    Monday deals across the web, including information about free shipping
    offers and vouchers.

    Delivery

    Keep an eye out for sites that offer free delivery, as this could save
    you a small fortune, especially if you’re ordering a fair amount online. Most online stores will have a separate Christmas section that outlines festive delivery times as well as extended refund polices, so do have a good hunt around.

    John Lewis: Cracking out yet another gorgeous Christmas advert, John Lewis continues to rule the high street, so if you’re shopping there for toys and gifts, don’t delay as popular products
    will sell out fast. But for last-minute presents, you can order up until 7pm
    on 21 December and still have them delivered by Christmas Eve. Standard
    delivery is free for orders of £50 and over.

    Next: Place your order online before 9pm and receive it in store the very next day for free or place your order before 10pm via next.co.uk and your order will be with you the very next day – all for a
    standard delivery charge of £3.99. And if that’s not convenient, there’s always same day delivery, Sunday delivery and much, much more.

    Marks & Spencer: Like many retailers, over Christmas Marks & Spencer extend their returns policy as they’re aware so many
    items are being given as gifts and customers may start their shopping
    early and want more time to exchange or refund if gifts are unsuitable on the day. For 2013, the extended refund period runs through to the 18 January 2014.

    Debenhams: Purchases made in-store & online at Debenhams between 15th October – 24th
    December (inclusive) 2013 can be returned up until 31st January 2014.

    Laura Ashley: To make life a little easier, Laura Ashley offer Click & Collect which lets you buy online and have your order delivered to a UK store of your
    choice for free. Orders should take 5 – 7 working days to arrive in
    store, so make sure you leave plenty of time.

    BHS: Nominated Day Delivery at BHS costs £5.95 Monday to Friday or £7.50 Saturday where you can arrange your delivery for a selected day when
    you order before 4pm Monday – Friday.

    House of Fraser: Continuing to apply their Standard Returns Policy during the festive season, House of Fraser will however, help
    customers buy items with more confidence by extending the dates
    when purchases can be exchanged for eVouchers – gift purchases can be
    returned for a gift card in store or online eVoucher until 7th January
    2014.

    Habitat: For Pre-Christmas delivery, place your furniture order at Habitat by 8th December and accessories by 19th December.

    And before you know it, Christmas will be over and January will be upon us, so do make sure you read How to survive the January sales for more advice!

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