Buy-Buy Cyber Monday: America’s Dumbest Named Consumer Holiday

Holy Eff! It’s Cyber Monday! Have you already blown a mouse—because today is the busiest online shopping day of the year? 131 million people are expected to shop online today in this fake, made-up holiday/celebration of all things Internet-consumerism.  Yes, the brick-and-mortar world wasn’t going to take first place with the manmade “Black Friday”—where people sacrifice all dignity to line up in the middle of the night outside of Walmart and punch each other in the face to get a few bucks off a Tickle Me Elmo doll.

First of all, the prefix “cyber” is some antiquated term from the 1990s, pulled from some Matrix novel about a futuristic utopia. It’s as ridiculous as having an Internet shopping day called, “WWW.Wednesday.”  Named as such, are we supposed to put on our virtual reality glasses and enter into the virtual marketplace where we our sensor-gloves can pull things off the online Target store shelves?

A little history of the word, “cyber”: Sci-fi writer William Gibson coined the term in his 1984 novel Neuromancer. Gibson used the buzzword “cyberspace” because he felt it was both “evocative and essentially meaningless.” The non-ironic phrase “Cyber Monday” only came into our vernacular in 2005 to persuade consumers to shop online. (Bye-bye.) It entered into the American lexicon via a press release from online retailers’ group Shop.org. Even in 2005, the word “cyber” was already an Internet verbiage relic.

According to the New York Times: “The name Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of otherwise productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and buying what they liked.”

So basically, it was a dial-up modem and a retro-futurism term that brought about today’s second favorite annoying shopping holiday. Why is Cyber Monday needed? Because Americans get anxious when they feel like they’re missing out on a bargain and aren’t spending cash the very minute the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are devoured.

Interesting fact found in Salon: the term “cyber” first appeared in the 1940s neologism cybernetics. It’s derived from the Greek word kybernetes, or “steersman”—which in English can translate to: the science of control. So have a happy Cyber Monday everyone! You bunch of online shopping sheep.

10 Cyber Monday Fashion Deals to Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday! Also known as the one day that you can spend unmentionable hours online shopping at work and not feel bad about it because you know that everyone around you is probably doing it too. It’s a time when top brands and retailers reward their computer-bound consumers with deep discounts across the web, creating the most convenient shopping experience, ever. Since this is also a perfect time to tackle some last-minute holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up ten stellar sales that are guaranteed to satisfy just about every fashionably inclined friend on your gift list.

1. AllSaints: Take 20% off all merchandise, including menswear, womenswear, and accessories when you enter promo code ALLSAINTS at checkout.

2. Shopbop: Spend $250 or more, take $50 off your order; spend $500 or more, take $100 off; spend $750 or more, take $150 off; spend $1,000 or more, take $250 off; or spend $1,500 or more, take $500 off. Use promo code BIGEVENT at checkout.

3. wonderMode: Take 20% off final purchase when you use promo code KZN6C2F1V at checkout. Deal ends at midnight.

4. DKNY: Take 28% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping.

5. Esprit: 40% off all items, including accessories.

6. Betsey Johnson: Take 40% off your entire purchase.

7. Ralph Lauren: Take 25% off reduced items, plus free shipping.

8. Adidas: Free shipping on all purchases, plus $15 off order $80 or more, $25 off orders $100 or more, and $40 off orders $125 or more.

9. Converse: Take 20% off all items, plus free shipping.

10. Nike: Take an extra 25% off clearance items with promo code ADVANTAGE. Sale ends Wednesday.

6 Sweet Cyber Monday Sales (and 2 Crazy Ones)

It’s Cyber Monday, y’all! This is when your return to work after a long holiday doesn’t really feel like work because all you’re really doing is shopping online and Tweeting throughout the process. If you’re worried about your boss catching you (although I’m sure they’re doing the exact same thing in their office), here’s a handy fake spreadsheet to open on the fly. And if you’re not sure what sales are actually worth it, read on for a list of six sites to score big on, and two with some seriously zany deals.

OMG-worthy:

1. For the first time ever, blogger-favorite Brandy Melville is hooking up 30% off everything in their e-shop. The blogosphere is going crazy for this one, which is why the site has been crashing all morning. Keep refreshing the page and you’ll eventually get in. Once you’ve made it, don’t spend your time debating on items too long because there’s also a shopping cart waiting list that you’ll have to deal with. 

2. Another cult-favorite e-tailer, Nasty Gal is serving 25% off the entire site, including markdowns. They’ve also got some pretty cute swag in their gift guide.

3. Up to 50% off select items (and there are tons) on Net-a-Porter. This is a no-brainer. 

4. Want to be the most clever gifter ever this holiday season? The Fancy is offering 20% off their entire site today, which includes tons of unique gift items (keyboard contact lens case, anyone?). Just enter promo code CBRMON at checkout. 

6.  In honor of BeachMint’s super successful Black Friday sale, JewelMintShoeMintStyleMint and IntiMint are hosting a live interactive shopping event today at 10am PST. Hosted by WhoWhatWear’s Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, CyberMint will feature exclusive deals, new product releases and celebs appearances by the likes of Rachel Bilson and Brooke Burke.  

WTF-worthy:

1. Speaking of cyber, streetwear e-tailer Karmaloop is taking the holiday one step further and has hired a dozen actual "cam girls" to sell their swag. According to SacBee, the "Karmaloop CyberKam girls will chat live for 24 hours titillating customers, offering exclusive deals, on the spot contests, performing live karaoke and other crazy surprises!" This one is obviously NSFW.

2. Not nearly as controversial but just as curious, Gilt City hosted a sale this morning that offered wealthy geeks to book a private, roundtrip flight for 136 people from San Francisco to the 2013 CES trade show in Las Vegas. Virgin America’s "Nerd Bird" went for a whopping $49,000 and is now sold out.

BlackBook Exclusive: Take 30% Off All Of Riviera Club’s Tailored West Coast Wear

Dudes: Forget the mania of Cyber Monday. Instead, stick to simplicity and check out the major sale at one of our favorite spots for well-heeled gentlemen who appreciate a finely crafted jacket.

To celebrate the relaunch of their boys-only site, Riviera Club is offering BlackBook readers 30% off from now until Wednesday, giving you plenty of time to shop the super-stocked store. California-based Riviera Club nails a laid-back, West Coast vibe, but with a New York adherence to tailoring and luxe material. So take some time to scoop a cotton-cashmere Alpine Sweater for $126, or a pair of trim and lean Club Pants in olive or navy for $109. Both will take you from the office to a post-work bourbon with just the change of a blazer. And since this is celebrating the site relaunch (instead of just a Cyber Monday megasale), all of the goods on Riviera Club’s site are from Fall 2011, which is a fresh (and stress-free) way to spruce up your wardrobe for the holidays. Use code "BlackBook" for a killer 30% discount.

Cyber Monday Madness

Of all the miscellaneous merchandise that retailers are trying to foist on us this time of year, the realities of Black Friday still seem reserved for a certain subset of the population: those for whom a larger TV is a life-enhancer worth losing sleep over, crossed with those who don’t seem to realize that prices are rarely at their lowest on that day. But in the hotel world, there are actually great deals to be had on Black Friday’s younger sibling, Cyber Monday: and by deals we mean prices we’d want to pay for hotels we’d actually want to stay at. These are a roundup of the sites you should be stalking today: And remember, it’s only a bargain if you’re getting something you want.

In Las Vegas, the brand-new renovated rooms at the MGM Grand will be released to customers for the first time today—the full renovation isn’t expected to be completed until October of next year, so if you’re a fan of the property, why not upgrade your next stay now? There are also deals at the Palms (up to 50% off) and Caesar’s (20-40% off).

In the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands are courting your winter getaway dollars with a massive offer: use booking code USVICM11 at visitusvi.com and get $500 instant credit, $750 in retail, dining, and activity credits, and a fifth night free on a five-night stay. The deal applies to several properties on each island: we’d recommend the Westin St. John Resort & Villas, The Buccaneer on St. Croix, and the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef on St. Thomas.

If you’re still in browsing mode, head to Jetsetter.com (free to join) for new flash sales every hour of Cyber Monday, at 40-50% off. The deals will be available for the full 24-hour period, but they’re sweetening the deal for the first 10 customers to book every hour, with gifts ranging from a $150 dining credit to an additional free night. For the commitment-phobes among us, you can also purchase half-priced voucher credits for future travel.

And if those aren’t enough for you, HotelChatter has the most comprehensive list we’ve seen of suggestions for individual hotels, while outfitter Abercrombie & Kent has significant discounts (up to 50%) on their luxury adventure packages as well.

Cyber Monday Means No Rest For Your Credit Cards

In the event that you didn’t spend enough money on Black Friday, have no fear—there’s a wealth of online retailers that would love your business today on Cyber Monday. In addition to the pleasure of shopping in your underwear, many sites are offering discounts to sweeten the deal. After the jump, check out our favorite offers, many for one day only. Good luck!

• Through Wednesday, Ssense is offering a site-wide 30%-off discount. • On all orders over $150, Need Supply Co. is offering free shipping. • Madewell is offering free shipping on orders over $100. • For the next three days, J.Crew is offering 25% off all women’s and men’s sweaters, and free shipping on orders over $150. • Apple is offering free shipping on orders over $50. • Only today, enjoy 15% off orders from Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, and 20% off orders from Piperlime and Athleta. • Through the holidays, Barneys is offering free ground shipping. • Today only, Urban Outfitters is offering free standard shipping on orders over $75. • Today only, Macy’s is offering free shipping on orders over $75. • Through the end of the month, Free People is offering free shipping on all orders. • Today only, American Apparel is offering 20% off everything online, and free shipping for orders over $75.

(Image via Ssense)

Cyber Monday Travel Deals

While Black Friday caters to those willing to wait in line at 4 am, Cyber Monday is the day for those who would prefer to click, surf and save — all from the comfort of their keyboard. The major players in this game are the airlines, though some hotels have gotten in on discounting too. First up is Virgin America. This is a sale I can get behind, with $39 one-way for short-hauls, like SFO to LAX, $69 for flights from LAX to SEA, and $109 for cross-country flights SFO/LAX to JFK. The best part about this sale is the timing. You can book from now until the 8th, and fly anytime from the 3rd through May 23rd. For those of you who’ve yet to book your holiday flights, or want to get out of town for New Year’s Eve, now’s the time to book on Virgin America. More deals after the jump.

JetBlue: Generally, JetBlue is pretty generous with their special sales, slashing fares across the country. This time, however, not so much. The sale is for one day only, and though fares are good, $39, $69 and $99 for one-way fares, the dates are not so great. You have to book by tonight and travel by December 17th. Great for those wanting to get away in the next two weeks, but not so great for anyone else.

There are also a few deals happening on the ground, like five-night cruises in the Bahamas for $399 here. Hotels.com is having a four-day sale with rates as low as 50% off, check it out here. Starwood Hotels is holding a 72-hour sale and Las Vegas is offering packages for ridiculous rates of $32 a person. These deals are running out within days, if not hours, so if you’ve got the travel itch, today is the day to scratch it.