Today, December 2, is Cyber Monday 2013. Or as those under 35 who shop online for much or the majority of their goods and services anyway call it, Monday.
The term "Cyber Monday" was coined in 2005 by a trade group that noticed online sales rose the Monday after Thanksgiving, with holiday shopping in full swing.
The idea was that people would wait to make online purchases Monday from their offices, where they had faster and more reliable Internet connections.
Silly as this seems in 2013, in the age of Amazon Prime, high-speed Internet in every home and commerce increasing online every day, the trend is still no joke.
It's estimated that this year's Cyber Monday will be the biggest online shopping day of the year, and in recorded retail history, for the fourth year in a row.
In the next four weeks, analysts project that many businesses can make 40-50 percent of their annual revenue. That's in just one month of the year!
So what kind of Cyber Monday 2013 deals are out there for you?
Forget Walmart Black Friday deals. The giant is offering 200 deals on its website today ... and each day through Friday, plus free shipping on all orders over $35.
Not to be outdone, Amazon is promising new deals as often as every 10 minutes through next Saturday, along with free shipping on "eligible orders" of $35-plus.
Clothing chains such as H&M, Gap and Banana Republic also are offering major store-wide Cyber Monday discounts of 40 percent, plus free shipping.
If you're not getting free shipping today, in fact, that's weak.
Of course, it's far from clear if Cyber Monday discounts are greater than what stores offer online during other sale events, or if supplies will last.
But hey, might as well find out. Here's a sampling of some online deals advertised for Cyber Monday (or Cyber Week, or whatever they're calling it now):
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with 16GB of storage: $399, down from $499 (Amazon)
- Canon Powershot A3500 16MP digital camera with 5x optical zoom (red model only): $99, down from $199 (Target)
- HTC One 32GB smartphone: 1 cent (it's normally $199), with two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (Amazon)
- 46-inch Samsung LED TV: $478, marked down from $949 (Walmart)
- Kindle Fire HD 16 GB tablet: $119, down from $169 (Amazon)
- Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth rechargeable portable speaker: $69, down from $199 (eBay)
- HP Pavilion 15-N066US 15-inch laptop: $459, down from $649 (Staples)
- Motorola Moto X smartphone: $349 without a contract, down from $499. The discount is available for all carriers and for both 16GB and 32GB models, although Motorola says supplies will be limited.
- Dyson DC41 Multifloor Bagless Upright Vacuum: $399, down from $549 (Best Buy)
- Select coats from Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, DKNY and London Fog: 50% off, plus free shipping on online purchases of $75 or more (Macy's)
- Half off select men's and women's clothes and accessories (Target)
Even non-traditional online industries such as automobiles are getting in on the action this year, so shop around and see what you can find out there!