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Cyber Monday 2012 Shoppers Searching for the Best Cyber Monday Deals Won't Find Them Early - Where to Look For and How to Find Cyber Monday 2012 Bests

By November 24, 2012

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It's easy to tell from search keywords and activity that shoppers were searching for information about the best Cyber Monday 2012 deals, discounts, coupon codes and freebies long before Cyber Monday retailers were willing to release it. Each year online Internet shoppers become a little bit frantic in the hours leading up to Cyber Monday because it's not always easy to know where to look and how to find the best Cyber Monday deals.

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It's hard to believe that Cyber Monday was first fabricated as a shopping event just seven years ago by Shop.org. It was a marketing gimmick concocted to support Internet retailers after a long weekend of in-store Black Friday shopping. Just seven years later Cyber Monday is an iconic part of the American holiday shopping tradition.

As pervasive as the Cyber Monday event has become, though, Cyber Monday 2012 is struggling to maintain an identity of its own. Pre-Thanksgiving sales blended into Pre-Black Friday Deals which blended into Thanksgiving Day shopping which blended into Thanksgiving Day store hours which blended into Black Friday midnight madness doorbusters which blended into Black Weekend, which will blend into Cyber Monday, which will blend into Cyber Week. From a shopper's point of view, as one event blends into another they all become less special, less important, and less motivating.

What that means in 2012 is that online Internet and mobile retailers are going to have to work harder to convince Internet shoppers that there's a good reason why they should risk their jobs to sneak shop at work on November 26, 2012. From a marketing standpoint, the appropriate amount of Cyber Monday hype is made difficult by the split focus and timing of all the preceding Black Weekend deals, discounts, specials, flash deals, coupon codes and freebies that needed their own attention.

So Cyber Monday 2012, more than any other Cyber Monday before it, will be a 24 to 48 hours period of retail intensity for both Cyber Monday shoppers and Cyber Monday retailers. Even given the last-minute nature of the Cyber Monday shopping event, though, there are things that Cyber Monday shoppers can do to be prepared for Cyber Monday and ensure they don't miss any of the Cyber Monday deals that will advertised in a flash and gone again just as fast.

Click here for five tips for finding the best Cyber Monday 2012 deals, discounts, coupon codes and freebies >>

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