It never fails. Year after year, there are certain Cyber Monday trends that always show up, and this year GPS devices are big again. You can bet that you’ll find retailers selling some of the same items that they sold last year.
Keeping checking our Cyber Monday section as we’ll continually update it along with Cyber Monday for your shopping convenience. You can also check out Amazon’s Black Cyber Monday deals here as they’ll keep changing as fast as a Kardashian’s Instagram page.
The difference is that this year, you can get your hands on the latest models with the most features. Electronics is always a category that sees a lot of sales, and there’s a good reason for this.
Without being on sale, a lot of these items can be budget breakers. That’s why consumers wait and then get the items that they’ve been hoping to be able to buy on Cyber Monday.
You can find things for your home such as cameras, video game consoles, home stereo systems and more. But you can also find things for your car such as GPS devices. Last year, there were some of the Garmin brand GPS devices on sale.
These not only help you navigate the best routes during a trip, but they can also be used to help you find an alternative route locally if you end up with the road that you’re on blocked.
These are also great gifts to get to give at Christmas or for a young person who’s heading off to college. They also make great graduation gifts. The TomTom brand went on sale last year, and you can expect the same this year.
Keep an eye out for the VIA 1415M GPS. This model comes with the benefit of offering map updates for the life of the device. It has maps of Canada and Mexico as well as one for the United States.
It has a touch screen and offers text to speech as one of the features. It will also give users the names of the streets to help with directions to and from places. Just like last year, the Garmin GPS devices will be among the Cyber Monday trends that you’ll find.
Pay attention to sales on the Garmin nüvi 55LM GPS. This one is a bestselling item due to all of the extras that it offers – such as turn by turn directions. It will also show users the speed limit and has maps of the U.S. and lifetime map updates.
It has a Lane Assist feature and comes with Real Voice so you can hear the directions said out loud. The device will also offers drivers the Up Ahead feature which points out stops for eating and getting gas. The device comes with a school zone safety warning feature.
Another one of the Garmin GPS devices that you’ll want to look for sales on is the Garmin nüvi 42LM 4.3-Inch Portable. It has maps of the lower 49 states but includes several other places of interest such as the Bahamas and Alaska. It offers free map updates for life and has features such as Lane Assist, Route Avoidance and more.
U.S. retailers rolled out deals Sunday ahead of Cyber Monday in an effort to extend what was once a one-day shopping event and to bring in more customers, the Financial Times reported. The early Cyber Monday start comes as U.S. retailers battle for market share with Amazon and other online vendors. Cyber Monday sales in the U.S. are expected to reach $3 billion for the first time in 2015, up 12 percent from last year, according to projections by Adobe, Reuters reported.
The National Retail Federation trade group came up with the term “Cyber Monday” in 2005 when it detected a spike in online sales following the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday.
Walmart, Best Buy and Macy’s were among some of the largest U.S. retailers to roll out deals early. Best Buy and Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, are extending their Cyber Monday sales through the week.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer by revenue, has previously put up a handful of teaser deals on the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year, but this year marks the first time it will offer all of its Cyber Monday promotions the day before. It will launch 2,000 online-only specials at 8 p.m. EST.
Despite the deals beginning Sunday, “nearly 80 percent of consumers we’ve surveyed still plan to shop on Cyber Monday,” Artemis Berry, vice president of digital retail at the National Retail Federation, told the Los Angeles Times.
Online spending between Thursday and Saturday rose to $6.1 billion, a 19 percent increase from last year, according to the Adobe Digital Index. Adobe is predicting a $3 billion in online sales on Monday.
Spending over the entire holiday period is projected to increase 3.7 percent to $630.5 billion this year, with the average family spending $805 — below the 4.1 percent increase in spending recorded last year.