2010 Cyber Monday Computer Deals

You will have eaten more turkey than is humanly possible, watched more football than John Madden, and drank more beer than Bob and Doug McKenzie. Your Thanksgiving was one for the books, but wait – it’s not over yet. You’re forgetting one thing. Yes, it wouldn’t be a holiday without some shopping, and luckily your weighed down body doesn’t have to go very far to find the best deals around. In fact, all you have to do is turn on your computer on Monday, November 29, 2010, for this year’s Cyber Monday.

It’s been around since 2005, when the term “Cyber Monday” was coined by Shop.org, and since that time retailers have seen a huge jump in online sales. In 2009, it’s estimated that consumers spent a whopping $887 million online, in one day! With more than 600 online retailers offering discounted products though, where does one start to find the Cyber Monday deals this year. Luckily, we have an answer for you so you won’t have to go far.

Since the phrase “Cyber Monday” was coined by Shop.org, it only makes sense that they are the place to go for Cyber Monday deals. In fact, in 2006 they started an online portal, a one-stop shop if you will, listing all the best deals from retailers around the web. CyberMonday.com is the place to be on Monday, November 29, 2010 for this year’s hottest deals. There you will find almost every single retailer imaginable offering Cyber Monday discounts on everything from computers and HDTVs, to GPS systems and digital cameras.

Let’s talk about computers, though, since those are the big tickets items for Cyber Monday. While a lot of you will be lining up for Black Friday to get the best deals, don’t dismiss the Cyber Monday extravaganza. You’ll probably find a similar, if not better, deal than what was in-store.

Take for example, the netbook. These mini-laptops offer a big bang for little dollars. Expect to see netbooks on Cyber Monday for anywhere from $79 to $150 as people shop not only for themselves, but for Christmas, as retailers looks to get rid of their overstock online rather than in-store. Places like BestBuy.com, Target.com, WalMart.com, and even Amazon.com, are sure to have the best prices this year for netbooks. While the typical netbook has a a 10” display, Intel Atom processor, 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive, look for even the higher end models to be on sale. You might have to do some digging, but as most retailers announce their Cyber Monday deals in advance (usually toward the beginning of November), you should have ample time to figure out what exactly it is you need in a netbook, and the best place to find it on Cyber Monday.

In terms of laptops, they are the staple of Cyber Monday. Bigger than netbooks, and smaller than desktop computers, laptops normally can be found in the $250 to $400 price range. This Cyber Monday though, expect to see the best deals in the $150 to $299 range for higher end laptops. Ones with a 15.4″ widescreen LCD display, a dual-core processor, 3GB of memory, 320GB hard drive and DVD burning drive, along with standard features such as WiFi, modem and ethernet port, will probably be found for $199 to $250 online, but as with netbooks, it’s a good idea to figure out what you’re looking for in a laptop before you go looking for the Cyber Monday deals early. You might only need a 120GB hard drive, and in that case, you may only need to spend $150, a deal that will be easily found this year on Cyber Monday.

For the person looking for desktop computers, you’re in luck this year. With netbooks and laptops offering similar, if not better, features than a desktop computer, prices of those have been drastically decreasing over the past year. It’s not unusual to see a high end desktop computer in-store for $350, so on Cyber Monday, expect to see something with a dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and a DVD burner bundled with a 19″ or 20″ LCD monitor for $250 to $299. Maybe even lower if you can spend time searching beforehand.

You’re going to see a lot of competition this Cyber Monday between retailers, that much is for sure. In cases like that, the consumer wins every time, and this year will be no exception. As bad as the economy is right now, don’t be fooled. Expect sales to top the $900 million mark this year, with more products and more retailers getting in on the online Cyber Monday action. Look for the early deals, figure out what you are looking for, and don’t forget to check out CyberMonday.com in advance to get in on all the best deals after Thanksgiving.