Today is set to be the biggest online shopping day of the year for the third year in a row.
Americans are expected to spend $1.5 billion, up 20 per cent from last Cyber Monday, as retailers have ramped up their deals to get shoppers to click on their websites, according to research firm comScore.
Amazon.com, which started its Cyber Monday deals at midnight on Monday, is offering as much as 60 per cent off a Panasonic VIERA 55-inch TV that is usually priced higher than $1,000.
Sears is offering $430 off a Maytag washer and dryer, each on sale for $399.
If you can’t face the Black Friday crowds, there’s no reason to miss out on the holiday bargains.
Of course, with the wealth of options available, it can be difficult to know where to get started, let alone navigating the minefield of discount codes and special Twitter and Facebook offers.
If you do your research, though, and log on early, you can secure the bargains you want, without the risk of sustaining any injuries.
With that in mind, we bring you some of the best deals so far – whether you’re chasing the latest tablet or the perfect party dress.
Amazon: The online retail giant is celebrating Cyber Monday with a whole week of bargains.
Among the best discounts are 80per cent off thousands of Kindle books; up to 70 per cent off selected headphones (10 per cent off Beats by Dr Dre and Bose headphones) and $25 off spends of over $60 on selected Fisher-Price toys.
Among the best buys will be a Panasonic VIERA 55-Inch TV at 60 per cent off, a Samsung 11.6in Chromebook for $249, a Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner at $299 and DVDs such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 for just $1.96.
Best Buy:The chain’s Cyber Monday deals will run until January 2, with free shipping for the duration.
Highlights include cameras from $40 and the HTC Titan Windows phone and HTC Wildfire S Android are both free with a new two-year contract. Selected laptops will also be reduced to as little as $279.99.
Kmart:Buy-one-get-one-half-off on footwear;Jaclyn Smith and Sofía Vergara comforter sets at $49.99 (from $79.99-$109.99); 75 per cent off all diamond earrings; 50per cent off selected outdoor Christmas decorations.
Specific offers includea 12-in-1 game table for $89 ($60 off), a 19-inch LED Proscan TV/DVD set for $119 and a Pulse Charger electric scooter at $71.99 (40 per cent off).
Kohl’s: The Kohl’s Cyber Monday deals kick off tomorrow, and will run until Tuesday November 27.
Online shoppers can enjoy 20 per cent off their entire purchase, along with free shipping.
There is one perk to shopping in-store though. Kohl’s is picking up the tab for one shopper in every store, every day until Christmas eve.
Cooking up a good deal: Macy’s offers include a Cuisinart 8-cup food processor for $69.99
Macy’s: Buy-one-get-one-free on selected women’s sweaters and boots; 50 per cent off selected handbags; up to 70 per cent off comforters.
Specific offers include a Cuisinart 8-cup food processor for $69.99 and a Travelpro Highlite three-piece luggages set at $139.99.
Free shipping on all orders over $75 with the discount code CYBER on checkout (offer excludes furniture, mattresses and rugs).
Sears: The Sears sale goes on until Tuesday November 27. Highlighted deals include a $430 discount on a Maytag washer and dryer, each priced at $399.99, when purchased together.
A NordicTrack elliptical is down by $400 to $499.99 and there is an $80 discount on a Kenmore Elite® 5-qt. stand mixer, down to $169.99.
Target: A number of the retail giant’s Cyber Monday deals will last for the whole week, though most of the bargains won’t be released until the day itself.
Among the deals announced so far are: Buy-one-get-one-half price on selected video games, 25 per cent on all Dyson Vacuums and an Acer Aspire One 10.1″ Netbook for $199.99 (Monday only).
There will also be $50 Target gift card giveaways on purchases including a Motorola Digital Baby Monitor and a KitchenAid Professional 6-Qt Stand Mixer.
Walmart: You can take advantage of Cyber Monday offers from tomorrow until December 2.
Aldo:30 per cent off all sale items
Armani Exchange: 35 per cent off everything, plus free shipping.
Diane von Furstenberg: 30 per cent off all sale items with the discount code HOLIDAYSALE, plus free ground shipping.
Express: 40 per cent off everything on Cyber Monday, plus free shipping.
French Connection: 30 per cent off orders over $150, plus free shipping.
Guess: Discounts of up to 50 per cent.
J.Crew Factory: 40 per cent off everything. Use the discount code GIVEANDGET on checkout.
Madewell: With the discount code TREAT, you’ll get 25 per cent off your entire purchase.
Piperlime: 20 per cent off the entire site between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Shopbop: With the discount code BIGEVENT12, you’ll get 20 per cent off spends of over $250, 25 per cent off sends of over $500, 30 per cent off if you spend over $1,000 and 35 per cent off on orders over $1,500.
Revolve: Sale items have markdowns of up to 95 per cent off for the whole weekend. The site is also offering free shipping.
Vince Camuto: 30 per cent off everything. Use the discount code HOLIDAY on checkout.
Yoox: 40 per cent off selected fall collections, plus a further 15 per cent off with the discount code YOOXTHANKS on checkout.
Many deals are yet to be announced, but bargain-hunters can already expect to pick up an Xbox 360 Skylanders Family Fun Bundle for $159, a Samsung 55-inch 1080p Class LED television for $1,498 (a saving of up to $1,000) and a Little Tikes Kitchen for $50.
Dr Brandt: 50 per cent off eye creams, and 40 per cent off selected skincare, as well as free shipping.
Fekkai: 20 per cent off and free shipping from Saturday until Monday.
Nars: 20 per cent off everything on Monday and Tuesday.
Philosophy: A free gift set with spends of over $75, including a tote and a selection of Philosophy’s most popular products. Use the discount code DELIGHT on checkout.
Sephora: A free Buxom Sidekicks Trio (a full size mascara and two mini lip polishes) with any online purchase over $25. Use the discount code FBCYBER on checkout.
Shu Uemura: 20 per cent off everything, plus free shipping on spends of over $50. Validu until Tuesday with the discount code WISH2012 on checkout.
Casa.com: Up to 50 per cent off luxury finds from the likes of Jonathan Adler and DwellStudio.
Crate & Barrel: 15 per cent off everything and free shipping with the discount code SAVE15 on checkout.
Horne: 15 per cent off selected items with the discount code MONDAY15.
Modani: Up to 60 per cent off everything until December 3.