More than 131 million people expected to shop on Cyber Monday

More than 131 million people expected to shop on Cyber Monday

PORTLAND, Ore. – If you didn’t have a chance to make a dent in your holiday shopping, 80% of U.S. stores will offer discounts today for Cyber Monday.

According to the National Retail Federation, 131 million Americans are expected to shop online today. That’s an increase from 129 million last year.

Retailers hope shoppers make up for a lack of sales over the holiday weekend. The NRF said a record number of people went shopping, but sales were down 2.9% from 2012.

So what are some of the deals?

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with 16GB of storage: $399, down from $499 (Amazon)
  • Canon Powershot A3500 16MP digital camera with 5x optical zoom (red model only): $99, down from $199 (Target)
  • HTC One 32GB smartphone: 1 cent (it's normally $199), with two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (Amazon)
  • 46-inch Samsung LED TV: $478, marked down from $949 (Walmart)
  • Kindle Fire HD 16 GB tablet: $119, down from $169 (Amazon)
  • Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth rechargeable portable speaker: $69, down from $199 (eBay)
  • HP Pavilion 15-N066US 15-inch laptop: $459, down from $649 (Staples)
  • Motorola Moto X smartphone: $349 without a contract, down from $499. The discount is available for all carriers and for both 16GB and 32GB models, although Motorola says supplies will be limited.
  • Dyson DC41 Multifloor Bagless Upright Vacuum: $399, down from $549 (Best Buy)
  • Select coats from Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, DKNY and London Fog: 50% off, plus free shipping on online purchases of $75 or more (Macy's)
  • Half off select men's and women's clothes and accessories (Target)

Experts say it is important to be able to separate the good deals from the great deals.

“Take advantage of deal sites as well as online databases that help collect all that information in one place,” says Laura Harders of the blog Beltway Bargain Mom. “It really takes the hard work out of it for you.”

And expect the deals to continue past Monday.

“Around December 15th, a lot of discounts on jewelry, handbags, other apparel items,” Harder said. “They're trying to clear their inventory, and they know us as consumers are looking to buy all of those holiday gifts.”

Several stores plan to participate in Free Shipping Day on December 18th, with guaranteed delivery by Christmas.

Since 2010, Cyber Monday has been the busiest shopping day of the year. But security experts warn online threats may be bigger than ever too. They recommend your computers have the latest updates and anti-virus software.

Also, ignore pop-ups and e-mail ads with attachments from people or websites you do not know. If possible, use credit cards, not debit cards to make payments; it's easier to dispute fraudulent charges.