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Online shopping: Cyber Monday and beyond

Online shopping tips for Cyber Monday and beyond. (Source: CNN) Online shopping tips for Cyber Monday and beyond. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - If Black Friday crowds were just too much, or Black Friday deals just weren't enough, shoppers can rejoice in another big day on the retail calendar.

There are some tips and tricks for shopping online and with your mobile device on Cyber Monday, and through the rest of the season.

Cyber Monday has its roots in the old desktop computer and wired internet. Shoppers would return to the office after Thanksgiving holiday, and hop online.

Even with access to the internet in pockets, purses, couches and cafes, retailers say Cyber Monday hasn't lost its luster.

"We know that Cyber Monday is really going to draw the crowds," Vicki Cantrell with Shop.org said.

The National Retail Federation said eight in ten retailers will offer special Cyber Monday deals.

Laura Harders, of the blog Beltway Bargain Mom, said it's important to be able to separate the good deals, from the great deals.

"Take advantage of deal sites as well as online databases that help collect all that information in one place. It really takes the hard work out of it for you," she said.

Sites like Savings.com and PriceGrabber.com, pull coupons and deals from multiple retailers.

Also, the deep online discounts will go beyond Cyber Monday.

"Last year the days Cyber Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday were all over $1 billion online," Cantrell said.

After cyber week, Harders said she's noticed another trend.

"Around Dec. 15, a lot of discounts on jewelry, handbags, other apparel items. They're trying to clear their inventory, and they know us as consumers are looking to buy all of those holiday gifts," she said.

That times well with the annual free shipping day. Hundreds of retailers will participate on Dec. 18, with delivery guaranteed by Christmas.

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