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Cyber Monday Deal Seekers Flood the Web

By Ben Fractenberg | November 28, 2011 8:09am

MANHATTAN — Cyber Monday deals drew a host of bargain hunters to the web, as shoppers looking to top Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals flocked online.

Crate & Barrel, Home Depot and Macy's were among the hundreds of retail giants who tried to lure customers online with a mix of coupons and free shipping deals on the heels of their Black Friday events last week.

CyberMonday.com has a list of all retailers offering discounts and deals, showing what deals are available and expiring each hour.

BestBuy.com is offering the Microsoft xBox 360 Kinect for just $99 with free shipping. The Nook Tablet — which normally sells for $398 or more — is on sale at Barnes and Noble for $249, with free shipping.

Eddie Bauer is offering 40 percent off all their online merchandise plus free shipping with a purchase of $49 or more.

The Body Shop is also offering free shipping and any three items sold online for $30.

For those looking to stay local online, NewYorkology on Twitter created a list of New York-based stores featuring deals.

Dylan's Candy Bar is offering 20 percent off orders over $100 before noon Monday, and 25 percent off its candy of the month club subscription from noon - 4 p.m.

Henri Bendel offered 25 percent off orders of $100 or more online, with free shipping with code CYBERHB at checkout.

And ToysRUs offered as much as 80 percent off of toys and games online.

Battlefield 3 PC Download was on sale for $29.99, down from $59.99, and the "Need for Speed: The Run" was on sale for $19.99, down from $49.99.

@MicrosoftPress tweeted a link for 60 percent off 60 new and top selling e-books.

"Cyber Monday" has been gaining steam since the mid-2000s after retailers noticed an uptick in online sales the Monday after Black Friday.

Nearly 7 in 10 online retailers said they were expecting sales to increase 15 percent from last year during this holiday season, according to a study by the National Retail Federation.

“There’s no question consumers are eager to hit the Web this holiday season, and online retailers are prepping by optimizing their sites, beginning their marketing and promotions early, and planning plenty of free shipping promotions as they aim to provide value and convenience for their shoppers,” said Shop.org's head of research Fiona Swerdlow.