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When does Cyber Monday 2020 start and when does it finish?

Online retailers are pulling out all the stops for the online sales bonanza. If you’re open to buying from resellers, Cyber Monday has a charm all its own.

When does Cyber Monday 2020 start and when does it finish?
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Global retail sales have plummeted due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic - with some notable exceptions - so there had been concerns that this year’s Black Friday through to Cyber Monday may not go ahead as planned. The popular bargain weekend is always set to begin with Black Friday, on the fourth Friday in November - the day after Thanksgiving in the United States - with Cyber Monday hot on its heels.

Cyber Monday 2020 is on 30 November

While the official Cyber Monday date is tomorrow, Monday 30 November, but many retailers in the US have begun their price drops early, or kept them going from two days ago, eliminating the difference between Cyber Monday and Black Friday altogether to make this weekend one big discount-filled bazaar.

If the deals aren’t already rolling over from Black Friday a few days ago, Cyber Monday online sales are likely to all go live from midnight tonight. Many deals will finish at midnight on Monday, others may linger on. Check with individual online stores for accurate information. When it comes to Amazon, each brand or seller may implement a different start or end time so its best to check if you have something specific in mind.

The covid-19 pandemic hit the sales season

Experts have suggested that perhaps Cyber Monday just tops Black Friday in terms of the deals available. And with millions of people opting to stay at home instead of hit the shops in person this year - as the coronavirus pandemic’s second wave continues to ravage the United States - it may well be that in 2020, Cyber Monday is truly the star of the show.

Which is better, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Apart from the obvious, that Black Friday tends to revolve around in-store deals and Cyber Monday, as the name would suggest, is where online shopping really comes into its own, there are some other key differences between Black Friday and Cyber Monday according to Business Insider.

For items you're likely to buy once a year or less often, you'll probably find better discounts on Black Friday. Anything you'd buy as a gift is likely to have better discounts on Cyber Monday. In addition, Business Insider suggests that if you're willing to buy products from resellers, Cyber Monday is a great time to shop on eBay. "You'll find a lot of people reselling items they just purchased on Black Friday," said Janet Alvarez, the executive editor of the personal-finance publication Wise Bread.

Cyber Monday is actually now even bigger than Black Friday — retail sales on Cyber Monday in 2019 soared to a record high of $9.4 billion online.