To Shop or Not to Shop?

That is definitely the question of this year’s Cyber Monday. As the Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, and we’ve finally finished all of that leftover turkey from in the fridge, consumers are now turning to see the Cyber Monday deals that are being offered this year. Each year the deals have (supposedly) reached new heights of savings that just draw customers to the websites and makes consumers feel that they HAVE to buy. In a Huffington Post article with Jeffrey Schwartz, he warns consumers about the dangers of over spending. When shopping online consumers are doing so at their convenience and it becomes easy to part ways with their money.

The term Cyber Monday first came about on November 28 of 2005 when marketing companies were doing their best to persuade consumers to shop online. In the years since, cyber Monday has become one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. With sites such as Target crashing and/or being hacked it is important that consumers are aware of the dangers that lurk with cyber Monday and how to weed out the good deals from the bad. PC World helps us deciphering what to go for and what to stray away from.

1. Do NOT click on e-mail links. Clicking links that lead to other sites with new links that have other links are just not a good idea. These phony links are filled with scams and ways to hack into your browser and steal information. Don’t fall for it!

2. Ridiculously deep discounts. If it is way too good to be true, then it usually is! Cyber Monday is a day for deals and sales, but some things seem way to cheap. The way to avoid getting scammed out of your money is to shop at sites that you know and trust.

3. Pay with credit cards only. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises using credit cards as opposed to other payments that require money transfers through wires or other third party accounts

It is important to pay attention as today’s cyber Monday comes to a close, on what the internet deals are and on making responsible decisions when it comes to purchasing.

Happy shopping!

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