NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The worst move a rookie can make on Cyber Monday is staying on one site too long while missing better deals elsewhere. Don't be that shopper.
With Cyber Monday's popularity rivaling Black Friday's -- a survey by analytics firm Compete says 45% of shoppers have made it their holiday spending day of choice compared with 37% who favor Black Friday, while ComScore says online shoppers spent $887 million on Cyber Monday last year versus the $595 million spent online on Black Friday -- cubicle consumers can no longer count on the day's obscurity to shield them from other competitive customers.
Roughly 55% of the U.S. workforce, or 70.1 million people, will be shopping for holiday gifts from their office this year, according to the National Retail Federation, so it pays to beat them to the biggest deals. With 88% of retailers telling the NRF that they're offering Cyber Monday deals today, though, how can you tell if you're getting the best bargain?
Here are a few sale-and-price comparison sites to check out to make sure you have your bases covered before your credit card breaks a sweat. There are few things worse than loading up your cart and checking out, only to slide over to another site and see one of your wish-list items going for less. We won't let that happen:Pricegrabber.com: If you've got your list handy and have no problem getting 10 different items from 10 different retailers if the price is right, then Pricegrabber's just about the best way to get the best deal. Just search the item you're looking for and PriceGrabber will pull up a list comparing that item's price at Target
Bing Shopping: The sheer breadth of retailers whose wares are up for comparison on Microsoft's