Cyber Monday 2015 deal roundup: there is life after Black Friday
They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas.
Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any less on December 30 this year, aka Cyber Monday 2015. Not with such a rich collection of gadget promotions from hardware producers, third-party retailers, and mobile carriers:
Motorola surprisingly chose to sit out the Black Friday craze, waiting until 11 AM CT on November 30 to take 25 percent off the second-gen 64GB Moto X, typically available for $400. If it still doesn’t feel like a bargain at $300, the 2014 Moto G must do something for you at $100 after a massive $80 discount.
Too bad the affordable 5-incher will only be on sale for 24 hours, compared to its higher-end cousin, whose deal should last throughout the post-Thanksgiving week. And so should the $150 price tag of the first-generation Moto 360 with metal bands in silver or black.
HTC has the Nexus 9 tablet back up at a prohibitive ask, but the One M9 smartphone is cheaper than ever before, selling for $390 in AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon-locked contract-free configurations or a completely unlocked flavor you can take wherever you want.
Also on sale between November 29 and December 2, the decidedly unfashionable and… weird Re Camera, at a 60 percent discount with a free Re Protection Pack bundled in.
A number of Samsung’s BF offers will expire on Monday, like the $500 Galaxy View, $230 GTab A 9.7, $180 Tab A 8.0, $120 Tab 4 7.0, $250 Gear S2, $300 Gear S2 Classic, and $80 Gear Fit. A few have already been terminated, while others, including the $350 Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, $400 Tab S2 9.7, $100 Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition, and $550 Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are to stay on until December 26. There are complimentary holiday gift bundles worth up to $299 to be had with the S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, and Note 5 as well, consisting of battery packs, wireless chargers, and snazzy covers or Level On headphones.
Dell plans to ask only two Benjamins for its spectacular Intel RealSense-enabled Venue 8 7000 Series tablet, plus throw in a nifty $50 promo card with Microsoft Band 2 purchases. Wait, is that the first deal on the spanking new Redmond-made activity tracker? To our knowledge, yes. And that’s not all Dell cooks up for health nuts. Look for a $30 Garmin Vivofit “doorbuster” too first thing Monday morning.
Lenovo will “instantly” slash $300 off the Yoga Tablet 2 13’s list price, $110 off the 10-incher, and $30 off the 8-inch model for grand totals of $400, $240, and $170 respectively. Not too bad, though laptops are of course more significantly trimmed, up to 53 percent off.
Huawei lowers the generosity ante between November 29 and December 5 compared to Black Friday, merely taking $50 off the Watch flavors that were marked down by up to $100 on the 27. Oh, well, at least P8 lite’s $50 reduction persists.
All of BlackBerry’s BF deals remain in effect for CM 2015, i.e. until December 1. Let’s just hope Passport, Classic, and Leap stocks handle demand. Ah, who are we kidding? Of course they will, since even the most faithful BB fans are looking elsewhere for their QWERTY fix.
As long as you remember to use promo codes on ZTE USA’s website, you should be covered for a slew of Axon, Axon Pro, Zmax 2, and Spro 2 discounts through Monday, November 30. Now, the million-dollar question is will you go ultra-high-end at $330 and up, mid to high-end for a chance to save an extra 50 bucks, or standard mid-range at only $120?
Still upset OnePlus didn’t actually discount any of its three phones for Black Friday? Be thankful if you’re able to order the X and 2 sans invitations come Cyber Monday. Technically, you should, but the Chinese OEM’s production skills remain iffy. Oh, well, at least you can buy power banks at $13, X wood cases at $22, and bamboo StyleSwap covers for the OnePlus One at 5 bucks.
Update 11/30: Pebble just officially extended its pre-Black Friday deals for “Cyborg Monday”, once again “neglecting” to trim the price of its hottest, newest, handsomest wearable device. If you’re still in the market for the rectangular Time Steel, Time or Classic, they’re $200, $130, and $70 respectively directly from the OEM.
Update 11/30: Microsoft kept a tight lid on its CM deals until the very last minute because, well, they’re not very special. Not for mobile consumers, which have to settle for a modest $50 BLU Win JR LTE, $40 no-contract AT&T Lumia 640, $90 Fitbit Charge, $120 Charge HR or $200 Surge in lack of discounts offered for the Lumia 950, 950 XL, Microsoft Band 2, or Surface Pro 4.
Update 11/30: Skin-maker dbrand is offering users 30 percent off its whole line of accessories for customizing your hardware. Beyond smartphones you’ll also find custom-cut skins for smartwatches, laptops, and even game consoles.
Can Best Buy’s Cyber Monday proposition outshine the Black Friday blowout? Probably not, but you’ll still get up to $300 gift cards for trade-ins and Verizon, AT&T or Sprint Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, and Note 5 activations.
Don’t have a pre-owned, working-condition handheld to swap? Then perhaps the LG G4 or V10 will pique your interest, at $1 and $50 respectively with two-year Verizon or Sprint pacts. Or maybe you’re in the market for something humbler, like the off-contract $110 HTC Desire 626s for T-Mobile. For tablet buyers, BB has $50 savings on iPad Airs in the pipeline, and a nice trim to $150 with Big Red carrier agreements for the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 LTE.
Finally, early wearable adopters can look forward to up to $50 off “select” Garmin activity trackers, and a super-cheap $150 Withings Activite Pop.
Amazon technically wrapped up its eight days of holiday deals on Friday, November 27, but you can rest assured at least the $85 Fire Kids Edition, $75 Fire TV box, and $100 Kindle Paperwhite e-reader shall press on for an additional 72 hours or so. Not the $35 Fire 7, though. On the bright side, $40 Moto 360 and $35 Sony SmartBand 2 discounts are also coming, alongside plenty of mysterious lightning deals, hopefully similar to that outstanding $200 Nexus 6 listing.
Update 11/30: So no, the factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 is nowhere near as affordable as the Nexus 6 last week. But it’s newer, arguably prettier, and overall, Amazon’s best deal of the day. It comes with inexpensive accessories too, whereas the Fire HD 10 starts at $170 for 24 hours only. Also on sale from America’s number one e-tailer, the $70 Fire HD 6, $15 Verizon prepaid LG Optimus Exceed 2, $250 Samsung Gear S2, $130 Gear 2 Neo, and $150 NVIDIA Shield Android TV set-top box.
Gone are the days when Target earned the majority of its profits offline, with the retail chain as focused on online sales as any business looking to survive and thrive for the foreseeable future. Don’t go out hunting for Cyber Monday steals in physical stores, as the $320 Huawei Watch, $170 P8 lite, and $60 third-gen Apple TV will be exclusively available on Target.com.
Also, $250 Pebble Time Rounds with $50 gift cards, $300 Samsung Gear S2s with $30 coupons, and up to $400 gift cards on Samsung Galaxy S6 trade-ups and new-line Verizon or Sprint activations.
Update 11/30: A share of trusted eBay sellers have gadgets like the $360 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, $18 AT&T GoPhone ZTE Maven 4G, and $450 128GB cellular-enabled iPad mini 3 on offer. You can probably find plenty more if you do a little digging, just be careful who you buy from and under what terms.
Toys R Us will leave no kid unspoiled on Monday, offering $50 savings for buyers of the Fuhu Nabi 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition both online and in brick and mortar shops. Want an even cheaper tablet? You could get the $25 Camelio by Vivitar Mini, but keep in mind it’s tiny, at 4.3 inches, and pretty rudimentary.
Verizon might have a few things up its sleeve for Cyber Monday that it chose not to reveal ahead of Black Friday, but for the time being, let’s look at what BF deals are extended. First up, the $90 Fitbit Charge, $100 Mophie Powerstation Plus 8x, $250 Beats Solo 2 wireless headphones, and $170 Nest Cam.
Second, the $50 on-contract Ellipsis 10 tab. Third, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 for as little as $5 a month with carrier switches and device trade-ins. That hardly sounds like Thanksgiving leftovers now, does it?
T-Mobile “Un-leashes” iPhone upgrades starting at 2:01 AM PST on Cyber Monday, and while the promo isn’t exactly new, it’s sure nice to see it rebooted, with 16GB 6s and 6s Plus acquisitions qualifying for 64GB bumps, and folks craving for 128GB storage asked to pay the typical prices of 64 gig configs.
Want to talk numbers? Well, $650 will nab you a 64GB iPhone 6s instead of an entry-level 16GB-er, the same 6s Plus model shall set you back $750, and 128GB 6s and 6s Plus iPhones will cost $750 and $850 respectively in lieu of $850 and $950. Magenta truly deserves that newly secured third spot in the US operator ranks.
Sprint never specified if all its robust BF savings will stay on until Cyber Monday, which likely means some deals are about to vanish, with others hopefully taking their place. What’s set in stone is you’ll still be able to get the iPhone 6s at $1 a month and the 6s Plus at $5 on leases with iPhone 6 trade-ins. Also, any and all LG G4 purchases, including upgrades, still grant you eligibility for a gratis 24-inch LG HD TV with a $180 SRP.
Cricket’s expiration dates for its batch of marked down prepaid phones and network switch bonus are January 7 and December 6, so you can browse through everyone’s CM catalog, and come back to AT&T’s daughter carrier to score a $100 shopping card just for taking your number there, even if you pay nothing for the Nokia Lumia 635, Motorola Moto E, LG Risio, and ZTE Overture 2. This literally means Cricket pays you to use their devices.
Update 11/30: Technically, you can’t combine the two aforementioned Cricket promos and the newest one, inaugurated this morning. But you can take advantage of two of them simultaneously, and get a no-contract Galaxy S6 at $250, for instance, plus a $100 coupon. Check and mate, “big four” carriers!
Yo, MetroPCS, do you know what cyber means? If so, why are your BOGO deals restricted to physical stores through November 30? Oh, well, beggars can’t be choosers, and a free Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, Kyocera Hydro Wave, LG Leon LTE, or ZTE Obsidian on purchases of gadgets with equal or greater value could be worth a trip down to the local Metro shop.
That’s all for now, our bargain-hunting friends and readers, but we’re sure there’s more to come. Stay tuned for updates.