Cyber Monday: Shopping tips and reminders

Cyber Monday: Americans expected to spend $13 billion online today
Posted at 8:36 AM, Nov 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-29 09:04:29-05

(LEX 18) — Cyber Monday is November 29, 2021.

The major online shopping event takes place the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday launched in 2005 as a way for retailers to promote online retail.

Between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates there will be nearly two million more shoppers than last year—and each shopper is expected to spend about $1,000.

The Better Business Bureau says there are a few things you can do to protect your money and personal information while you shop online.

Shop only from trustworthy retailers with secure websites, keep your anti-virus software up to date, and price check an item before you buy.

If possible, use a credit card instead of a debit card because credit cards offer more protection against any shady charges.

This year, consumer experts believe supply chain issues may actually encourage more people to shop in brick and mortar stores instead of online. That could be because of shipping issues with some online orders last Christmas. Still, online shopping is expected to increase to three billion dollars in sales this year.

A survey from the NRF finds many shoppers started holiday shopping early this year, citing concerns about supply chain issues, inventory, and high demand.