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What to buy and what not to buy on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday — the endpoint of a long holiday shopping weekend that starts the Monday after Thanksgiving — originally served as the online counterpoint to Black Friday. But that line has become blurred over time as Black Friday deals have moved increasingly online, and technology has shifted consumer shopping patterns with early holiday promotions and markdowns. Still, there are plenty of deals and steals to be had on Cyber Monday if you want to forgo the shopping frenzy (and long lines) on Black Friday.

Here’s how to shop wisely during the popular shopping holiday to avoid wasting time and money and score the season’s biggest bargains.

[See: 12 Shopping Tricks to Keep You Under Budget.]

What to Buy

Remember, some retailers begin their Cyber Monday promotions early in the season, or hold “Cyber Week” sales that run the entire week. That means you should start scouting Cyber Monday deals as early as the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and keep looking for the best deals a few days after Cyber Monday. Also keep in mind that Cyber Monday prices often fluctuate, based on competition from retailers, so check prices often.

With that in mind, here are some of the year’s best product categories for deals and discounts. And here’s what you can skip this Cyber Monday.

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