Amazon ‘Cyber Monday’ 2016 Deals: How Good Are They? – Forbes

Black Friday is a fast fading memory and now Cyber Monday is hotting up and determined to give it a run for its money. At the forefront of Cyber Monday is Amazon, which has already announced a significant number of deals, so here is my breakdown of what to buy and what to avoid…

Note: my thanks to BestBlackFriday.com which has worked with me to collate these deals and create order from the inevitable annual chaos

Amazon Cyber Monday has discounts across all Amazon branded products. Image credit: Amazon via BestBlackFriday

Amazon Cyber Monday has discounts across all Amazon branded products. Image credit: Amazon via BestBlackFriday

Star Buys

As is increasingly common for Amazon, the majority of its best deals are on Amazon products with discounts across the ranges. Not all make the Star Buys category because Amazon actually sells them for less on its dedicated ‘Prime Day’ – when that happens you’ll find them in the Solid Deals section.

  • Dash Buttons – $0.99 cents (saving $4) and $4.99 credit after your first purchase – Controversial as they don’t let shoppers price hunt before ordering, but this is essentially a $4 credit making it a no brainer for at least one purchase
  • Fire HD 8 for $59.99 (save $30)
  • Kindle Voyage for $169.99 (save $30)
  • Fire Kids Edition tablet for $74.99 (save $25) – was $84.99 last year
  • Echo Dot for $39.99 (save $10)
  • Amazon Tap for $89.99 (save $40)
  • Amazon Fire TV for $74.99 (save $15)
  • Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for $29.99 (save $10)
  • HP Envy Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer for $49.99 (save $50) – $20 cheaper than Best Buy’s Black Friday sale price
  • Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones for $88 (save $111) – beats Best Buy’s Black Friday doorbuster by $1
Amazon Tap is a better Cyber Monday deal than the Amazon Echo. Image credit: Amazon via BestBlackFriday

Amazon Tap is a better Cyber Monday deal than the Amazon Echo. Image credit: Amazon via BestBlackFriday

Solid Deals

As mentioned above, several Amazon own brand products are listed here despite strong discounts because they can be found cheaper on Prime day. Nevertheless they are still worth close attention:

  • Amazon Echo for $139.99 (save $40) – $50 off on Prime Day and matches Amazon Black Friday price, but still a good deal
  • Kindle Paperwhite for $99.99 (save $20) – $30 off on Amazon Prime day
  • Fire Tablet for $33.33 – recycled Prime Day and Black Friday deal
  • Kindle for $49.99 (save $30) – as above
  • Kindle for Kids Bundle for $69.99 (save $30) – recycled from Cyber Monday 2015
  • Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for $149 (save $50.99) – great product, great price and actually available right now
  • Rif6 Mobile Projector + SoundCube for $245 – projector is usually $299 on its own

Treat With Caution

In typical Amazon-fashion, the deals to be wary of are the ones where Amazon has given no information.

Cyber Monday TV tip: always remember to check the specific TV model when retailers release them before making a purchase. Even the best manufacturers have weak models in their line-up that you are better off avoiding while no-name brands can be terrible, so do your research.

  • 50” 1080p LED TV for $145 – no original retail price or brand listed, let alone a specific model number
  • 50” 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $249.99 – as above. Typically Amazon says ‘Premium brand’ when being vague but this TV lacks even that
  • Save up to 30% on select HP laptops – again too general and HP’s own website has laptop deals for up to 50% off
  • Arlo 5-Camera Security System for $469 (save $20) – a very small saving for an expensive product and one customers only rate at 3/5 stars
  • Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera for $163.98 – the worst Cyber Monday deal on Amazon. Why? Because right now it is listed on the site for $149.

Note: some retailers are extending their Black Friday deals over the weekend in the run up to Cyber Monday, so be sure to check out my Black Friday guides below so you don’t miss out on any bargains which may still be on sale.

Black Friday Deal Guides On Forbes

Best ‘Black Friday’ 2016 Deals: Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Target And Walmart

Apple ‘Black Friday’ 2016 Deals: How Good Are They?

Samsung ‘Black Friday’ 2016 Deals: How Good Are They?

Microsoft ‘Black Friday’ 2016 Deals: How Good Are They?

eBay ‘Black Friday’ 2016 Deals: How Good Are They?

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