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Save money as Christmas shopping peaks online

'Cyber Monday' 2009 is set to be 30 November

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Haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? If not, then you, like thousands of others, could be poised to flock to online shops next Monday in what could be the busiest online shopping day of the year.

‘Cyber Monday’ refers to the first Monday after ‘Black Friday’ – a day traditionally associated with the start of the Christmas shopping season in the USA – that is the Friday after Thanksgiving. ‘Cyber Monday’ falls on 30 November this year. The date has in recent years become a UK shopping phenomenon as online sales peak on a Monday two or three weeks before Christmas.

Wondering where to buy your gifts? Our biggest yet reveals the best and worst shopping websites.

Retail analysis suggests that shoppers spend pre-Christmas weekends browsing and , and then return to the office on the Monday morning to use or find items that were out-of-stock.

Shop around to save money online

This year, experts expect that shoppers will be keener than ever to find a bargain online in the face of the ongoing recession.

Popular gifts bought online include books, perfumes, CDs and toys which are typically at least 15% cheaper from than .

Sarah Kidner, editor of Which? Computing said: ‘You can definitely bag a bargain on the internet. However, we’d advise shoppers to look for hidden extras such as delivery charges before they buy. Shoppers should also check delivery times.’

Where to buy your Christmas presents

Our survey reveals the best online shops to buy from, including:

  • for home and garden
  • for cosmetics, fragrances and toiletries
  • for entertainment

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