Cyber Monday, Where’s My Deal?

Unhappy girl with shopping cart

2013 will forever be the year that the discount fairy forgot. Seriously, since when is 30% off a ‘doorbuster” worthy discount? I recall the days when you had to offer 50% off just to get in the game and seeing promotions for 70 and 80% discounts was the norm.

Hopefully the sluggish Black Friday sales numbers taught retailers that consumers aren’t impressed with 30% off discounts. Sadly, looking out across the webscape, it doesn’t look like it has.

We found very few promotions that offered more than 50% off. The deepest discounts were offered by high-end retailers which typically have much higher margins than budget-friendly retailers like Walmart and Target. So, if you’re looking for a good deal on a $600 dollar knife set  you’ve been eyeing for year, then you are in luck. But, if you were hoping to get some great deals on holiday gifts you might be disappointed.

Here are a few decent deals we found.

Macy’s – Kitchen

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Wusthof Cutlery, Gourmet 12 Piece Set  - Sale $149.99 (was $299.99)

Wusthof Stainless Steel Steak Knives, 8-Piece Presentation Set - Sale $49.99 (was $120.00)

Select Mixer & Food Processors – 33% off + an additional 10% off + free shipping if you spend $75 or more

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ROYAL DOULTON Pop In For Drinks Utensils – sale $20 (was $72)

MASTER CLASS Roaster With Rack - sale $34.99 (was $70)





5-Piece Set: Deluxe Wine Accessories Kit – sale $15.00 (was $34.99)

4-Piece Set: Stainless Steel Barbecue Tools & Aluminum Carrying Case – sale $23 (was $49.99)

19-Piece Set: Stainless Steel Barbecue Tools With Wooden Handles and Carrying Case – sale $24 (was $69.99)



Michael Aram ‘Black Feather’ Serving Set - sale $37.98 (was $95.00)

Jonathan Adler ‘Peacock’ Tray - sale $146.97 (was: $295.00)


Other Cyber Monday Sales:

Amazon - big discounts in many categories. A+ for offering many discounts over 50% off.

Banana Republic & Gap –  40% off

Target -  doorbusters offered (which is a marketing goof considering there are no doors to the cyber store)

Walmart -  many discounts but hard to find anything discounted above 50%

Williams-Sonoma –  some great deals on Wushof knives and

Le Creuset –  great discounts on their classic cast iron sets

Pottery Barn –  meh, some good deals on Christmas gifts like ornaments and frames.