Cyber Monday laptop deals 2020: the best discounts on laptops from Dell, Apple and more – Techradar

Cyber Monday is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still find some awesome bargains on some of the best laptops in the world. So if you’re on the lookout for a new device, now’s the time to make the jump. Just think about it: this is the last major deals event before the Holidays, so if you’re looking for that perfect gift for the laptop lover in your family, this could be the last chance to save some cash. 

Today, our mission is to keep this page updated with the best laptop deals as we find them, and removing them as they expire or run out of stock. So, if you’re on the hunt for a brand new laptop, this really is the best place to be right now. 

So, whether you’re looking for an ultra-low priced laptop, a cheap Chromebook or even one of the most powerful gaming laptops or Ultrabooks, we’ve got a Cyber Monday laptop deal for you.

Today’s best Cyber Monday laptop deals at a glance

New price cut

HP 17z 17.3-inch laptop: $659.99 $399.99 at HP
Save $260 –
HP’s latest laptop deals are offering up a massive display for a great display in this HP 17z. That’s a full 17.3-inch screen – perfect for streaming and multi-tasking. Inside, you’ll find a Ryzen 5 processor, 12GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and Radeon Vega 8 graphics as well, and the price of this deal has dropped further!
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HP Pavilion x360: $499 $399 at Best Buy
The HP Pavilion x360 is a laptop that punches way above its price range, with a sleek chassis, and competent components. At just $399 with this Cyber Monday deal, you’re getting a Core i3, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD – probably the fastest laptop you’ll get at this price. View Deal

HP 14t 14-inch laptop: $459.99 $359.99 at HP
Save $100 –
This 14-inch HP laptop is sporting 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 10th generation i3 processor. That’s a fine spec sheet for a sub-$500 laptop ready for working from home.
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Lenovo Chromebook 3 11.6-inch laptop: $199 at Best Buy
You’ll also find the Lenovo Chromebook 3 available for $199 at Best Buy right now. You’re getting 4GB RAM / 32GB storage under the hood, and picking up an Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor here as well.
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New lower price

Gateway 14.1-inch Ultra Slim: $699 $449 at Walmart
Save $250 – Gateway is back, with some super-budget-friendly laptops. Right now, you can get this laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for just $449. Now, we don’t know about you, but that’s what we’d call a bargain.
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HP Envy x360 13.3-inch laptop: $999.99 $749.99 at Best Buy
If you’re not bothered by a smaller screen, this HP Envy is available for a steal right now. It comes equipped with an Intel i7 processor, 512GB of SSD storage, and a stylish pale gold finish. Snazzy stuff.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Touch Laptop: $849.99 $699.99 at Dell
Save $150
– If a mid-range laptop with fresh specs and a sleek design is what you need, then you might like the $150 discount on the Inspiron 15 7000 laptop. This Cyber Monday deal comes with a great productivity laptop with a touchscreen display and innards like a 10th-gen i5, Intel UHD Graphics, 8GB of memory, and 256GB storage.View Deal

HP Chromebook 14: $269.99 $199.99 at HP Direct
Save $70 –
This is a brilliant Chromebook for students thanks to its large 14-inch display, decent specs and low price. Its speakers are tuned by B&O sound specialist and its 47WHr battery will last ages.View Deal

Lowest Price Ever

Apple MacBook Air (M1): $999 $899 at Adorama
You rarely find brand new Apple products on sale so soon after being released, but right now for Cyber Monday you can save $100 off the new Apple MacBook Air with M1 chip – while it lasts.View Deal

Asus C523 15.6-inch Chromebook: £329 £279 at Currys
Save £50 –
it’s rare to find a cheap Chromebook that also offers a full 15.6-inch display, and it’s even rarer to find one with a step up from the usual 32GB of storage we see in entry level models. This Asus Chromebook, however, kits you out with 64GB of storage, an Intel N3350 processor and the usual 4GB RAM for just £279.
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Amazing value

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 2-in-1 Chromebook + JBL Tune 600BTNC wireless noise cancelling headphones: £438.99 £329 at Currys
Save £109.99 –
This is an excellent deal for anyone looking to get up and running with a cheaper (but still powerful) 2-in-1 Chromebook and a nice set of headphones at the same time. You’re getting a fantastic dual-purpose machine here that easily switches between a laptop and a tablet and a pair of JBL’s wireless noise cancelling headphones at a great price.
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Huawei MateBook D 15.6-inch, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM: £699 £499 at Currys PC World
Save £200 –
This laptop combines an Apple-like design with some powerful modern components, including a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, and a very competitive price.
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Dell Inspiron 15 5000, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM: £668.99 £549 at Dell
Save £120 –
Save a hefty amount with this brilliant laptop that’s ideal for day-to-day use. Featuring a new 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor, and 8GB RAM, plus a 15.6-inch 1080p monitor, this is a joy to work on.
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HP 14-inch laptop: £699 £599 at Currys
Save £100 –
Sitting just a hair under £600, this 14-inch HP laptop is offering some great specs in Currys’Cyber Monday laptop deals. There’s a 10th generation i7 processor under the hood, accompanied by 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. Plus, you’re saving £100 with Currys right now – with a Cyber Monday price guarantee as well.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 128GB, 8GB RAM: £899 £659 at Currys
Save £240 –
Currys is leading the UK retailers with the best Surface Pro 7 deal, with the Core i5 version with 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM going for £659. This is a fantastic price, but doesn’t include the Type Cover.
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Huge saving

Dell XPS 15, Intel Core i5, 512GB, 8GB RAM: £1,618.99 £1,169 at Dell
Save £450 –
The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops in the world, and this amazing laptop deal cuts the price of the model with a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD on Cyber Monday.
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Dell XPS 13, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB : £1,799 £1,529 at Currys
Save £270 –
The Dell XPS 13 is one of the most popular laptops in the world, and for good reason – it’s small, light, and stunningly designed, and powerful as well. This 13-inch star comes with a powerful new CPU from Intel, 16GB of RAM, 1TB storage and a beautiful 4K display. All for £270 off!View Deal

Cyber Monday laptop deals US

Cyber Monday laptop deals are going strong, so you’ll find offers available from Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and individual manufacturers as well. 

Cyber Monday laptop deals under $500

Lenovo Chromebook 3 11.6-inch laptop: $199 at Best Buy
You’ll also find the Lenovo Chromebook 3 available for $199 at Best Buy right now. You’re getting 4GB RAM / 32GB storage under the hood, and picking up an Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor here as well.
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HP Chromebook 14: $269.99 $199.99 at HP Direct
Save $70 –
This is a brilliant Chromebook for students thanks to its large 14-inch display, decent specs and low price. Its speakers are tuned by B&O sound specialist and its 47WHr battery will last ages.View Deal

Acer Chromebook 314: $299 $219 at Walmart
Save $80 –
this is a great Chromebook for browsing and working on, with a 14-inch screen, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. That’s a little on the light side, so you may need to use Google Drive storage to save docs. The 12.5 hour battery life is superb, though.View Deal

HP Chromebook 14 x360: $399 $269 at Best Buy
If you’re after a cheap Chromebook that can double as an Android tablet, then the HP Chromebook x360 should be at the top of your list. It has a fast processor (for a Chromebook) and a sleek chassis. And, for Cyber Monday it can be yours for just $269. View Deal

Samsung Chromebook 4+: $299 at Best Buy
If you want a Chromebook with a difference, then check out the Chromebook 4+ which has a large 15.6-inch full HD display that provides a viewing surface area almost twice as big as some of its much smaller rivals and a comfortable keyboard.View Deal

HP 14t 14-inch laptop: $459.99 $359.99 at HP
Save $100 –
This 14-inch HP laptop is sporting 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 10th generation i3 processor. That’s a fine spec sheet for a sub-$500 laptop ready for working from home.
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HP Pavilion x360: $499 $399 at Best Buy
The HP Pavilion x360 is a laptop that punches way above its price range, with a sleek chassis, and competent components. At just $399 with this Cyber Monday deal, you’re getting a Core i3, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD – probably the fastest laptop you’ll get at this price. View Deal

New price cut

HP 17z 17.3-inch laptop: $659.99 $399.99 at HP
Save $260 –
HP’s latest laptop deals are offering up a massive display for a great display in this HP 17z. That’s a full 17.3-inch screen – perfect for streaming and multi-tasking. Inside, you’ll find a Ryzen 5 processor, 12GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and Radeon Vega 8 graphics as well, and the price of this deal has dropped further!
View Deal

New lower price

Gateway 14.1-inch Ultra Slim: $699 $449 at Walmart
Save $250 – Gateway is back, with some super-budget-friendly laptops. Right now, you can get this laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for just $449. Now, we don’t know about you, but that’s what we’d call a bargain.
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HP Pavilion 15.6-inch: $699.99 $449.99 at Best Buy
Save $250 –
If you’re looking for a gaming laptop for less than $500, one of your best bets is this HP Pavilion 15.6-inch FHD gaming laptop over at Best Buy. For just $450, you’ll get a third-gen AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of dedicated VRAM, 8GB RAM (expandable to 32GB), and 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD.View Deal

Cyber Monday laptop deals over $500

ASUS ZenBook 14: $899.99 $749.99 at Newegg
Save $150 –
If you’re tired of the same black or silver chassis on a laptop and want something different, this Utopia Blue shade on an Asus ZenBook 14 might be what you’re looking for. It’s powerful too, for a PC this light and thin and affordable, rocking a 10th-gen i7, NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB PCIe SSD.
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HP 15-ef0022nr Home and Business Laptop: $1,149.00 $729.99 at Newegg
Save $419 –
HP has proven time and time again that you don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket to get a powerful and great-looking laptop. This business laptop, for one, under more affordable than ever, giving you an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8-Core, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD for much less than the competition.View Deal

HP Pavilion x360, 14-inch: $759.99 $645.99 at Amazon
Save $114 –
Whether its the college student in the family or your partner you’re gifting, this HP Pavillion x360 hybrid laptop oozes in style and versatility. It’s cheaper than ever as well for Cyber Monday, giving you a discount of more than $100 for a 10th-gen i5, 8GB RAM, and 512GB SSD configuration.View Deal

Cheapest Surface Pro 7 deal

Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i3, 128GB, 4GB RAM, Type Cover: $959 $599 at Best Buy
Save $350 –
If you want the absolute cheapest Surface Pro 7 Cyber Monday deal, then this is it. For just under $600, you get this great little tablet. It’s not the most powerful, but the Type Cover is included for free, turning it into a great little laptop.
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HP Envy Convertible Laptop: $799 $599.99 at HP
Save $200
– Get this powerful HP Envy Convertible laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU with AMD Radeon graphics, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and 15.6-inch full HD touchscreen display. Want some different specs? Save $220 regardless of the configuration – while this deal lasts. View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Book 13.3-inch Flex 2-in-1 laptop: $849.99 $649.99 at Best Buy
Save $200
This impressive touchscreen laptop comes with a 10th gen Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCI-e SSD storage, making it a fantastic work machine for students or professionals alike.View Deal

Lenovo Yoga C740 15.6-inch laptop: $849.99 $649.99 at Best Buy
Save $200
If you’re in the market for something cheap but powerful, then this touch-screen beauty might be what you need. With 12GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5-10210U, you can flip this 2-in-1 and open as many tabs as your heart desires.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Touch Laptop: $849.99 $699.99 at Dell
Save $150
– If a mid-range laptop with fresh specs and a sleek design is what you need, then you might like the $150 discount on the Inspiron 15 7000 laptop. This Cyber Monday deal comes with a great productivity laptop with a touchscreen display and innards like a 10th-gen i5, Intel UHD Graphics, 8GB of memory, and 256GB storage.View Deal

HP Envy x360 13.3-inch laptop: $999.99 $749.99 at Best Buy
If you’re not bothered by a smaller screen, this HP Envy is available for a steal right now. It comes equipped with an Intel i7 processor, 512GB of SSD storage, and a stylish pale gold finish. Snazzy stuff.View Deal

HP Envy x360: $999 $749 at Best Buy
The HP Envy x360 is one of the laptops we recommend to friends and colleagues the most. As HP’s mid-to-high-end product line, you’re getting both solid aesthetics and performance, along with a steady supply of features. And at just $799 with a Core i7 processor and 12GB of RAM,  you can’t go wrong here. View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook: $999 $799 at Best Buy
Save $200 –
Chromebooks aren’t just budget devices as this brilliant Cyber Monday deal proves. With a 4K screen, Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, this is an incredible laptop that runs Chrome OS like a charm.
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Includes Type Cover

Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 128GB, 8GB RAM, Type Cover: $1,029 $799 at Best Buy
Save $230 –
This is by far the best Surface Pro 7 deal we’ve seen so far. Not only does it cut a huge $230 off the asking price, it comes with great specs and includes the Type Cover, which allows it to be used as a laptop-like device as well. Don’t miss this deal.
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Dell G3 15 gaming laptop: $959.99 $832.99 at Dell
Save $110
– There’s a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor hiding inside this unassuming Dell G3 15, and a GTX 1650 Ti ain’t half bad for the price either. A 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM round out the specs here for a well-rounded and well-priced option courtesy of the Dell Cyber Monday sale.
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Dell G5 Gaming Laptop, 15.6-inch: $1,049.99 $849.99 at BestBuy
Save $200 –
This mid-range gaming laptop packs a punch with a AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU + AMD Radeon RX 5600M GPU combo inside. Completing this package is an 8GB memory, 512GB SSD, and a 1080p display with 144Hz, just the ticket for those fast-paced games you’ve been playing.View Deal

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop, 15-inch: $1,099.99 $899.99 at BestBuy
Save $200 –
With a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and 8GB memory, this Lenovo gaming laptop will see you through your 1080p and 1440p gaming needs. It comes with a 512GB SSD storage so you should have enough to save those current games you’re playing in. The extras? How does being VR-ready and having Harman/Kardon speakers sound?View Deal

Asus Zephyrus G14, 14-inch: $1,099.99 $899.99 at BestBuy
Save $200 –
Among our top-rated gaming laptops, the Zephyrus G14 combines power, portability, and the best battery life we’ve seen on a gaming laptop. This configuration comes with an AMD Ryzen 7, GTX 1650, 8GB memory, and 512GB SSD. Best yet, it’s $200 off, making its price tag drop well below $1000.View Deal

Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop: $1,039.99 $899.99 at Dell
Save $140 –
The Dell G5 15-inch gaming laptop has dropped well below $1000 for its 10th-gen i5, GTX 1660 Ti, and 8GB memory configuration. It’s a powerful mid-range gaming laptop that will see you through all your 1440p gaming needs.View Deal

Lowest Price Ever

Apple MacBook Air (M1): $999 $899 at Adorama
You rarely find brand new Apple products on sale so soon after being released, but right now for Cyber Monday you can save $100 off the new Apple MacBook Air with M1 chip – while it lasts.View Deal

Asus 15.5-inch Touchscreen laptop: $1,249.99 $949.99 at Best Buy
Save $300 –
If you’re looking to spend under $1k on a super powerful work machine then don’t look any further than this Asus laptop, equipped with a 10th generation intel i7 and a glorious full HD touchscreen.View Deal

One of the best laptops

Microsoft Surface 3 13.5-inch laptop: $1,299.99 $999.99 at Best Buy
Save $300
Surface laptops have a fantastic reputation and for good reason. This latest generation is two times faster than the previous Microsoft Surface 2 and comes in a stylish ‘Sandstone’ chasis.View Deal

Cyber Monday laptop deals over $1,000

Razer Blade 15 2020: $1,599 $1,299 at Amazon
The Razer Blade 15 is one of the best gaming laptops you’ll find today. You can get more powerful hardware for less elsewhere, but the luxurious build quality, comfortable trackpad and keyboard, and plentiful ports makes it more than worth the Cyber Monday price. View Deal

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: $1,749 $1,149 at Newegg
Save $600 –
A $600 discount is a serious money-saver, especially if its on a laptop that happens to hold our coveted 5-star rating. This is among the best you’ll find out there, one rocking an AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS, GTX 1650, 24GB RAM, and 1TB PCIe SSD configuration. Best yet, it’s light and thin, and has an excellent battery life. What more do you want from a gaming laptop?View Deal

Gigabyte Aorus 7: $1,599 $1,229 at Newegg
Save $370 –
Powerful gaming laptops aren’t going to come cheap, which is why Cyber Monday is the best time to get them. This Gigabyte Aorus 7, for example, is $370, dropping its lofty price tag well below $1,500. That’s while rocking great specs that include a 10th-gen i7, GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB Memory, 512GB SSD, and a 17-inch screen with a 144Hz refresh rate.View Deal

HP ENVY x360: $1,649 $1,149 at Newegg
Save $500 –
One of our favorite hybrid laptops here at TechRadar has slashed $500 off its original price, making it more affordable than ever. This versatile laptop rocks power as well, with a 10th-gen i7, NVIDIA MX330, 32GB RAM, and 1TB PCIe SSD. Of course, that 15.6″ 1080p screen boasts touch capabilities, but the Active Pen and  fingerprint logins are nifty extras.View Deal

Save over $800

Dell Precision 3551 Mobile Workstation, 15.6-inch: $1,917.64 $1,339 at Dell
With an almost 50% discount, this mobile workstation from Dell is just what you need to upgrade from that aging laptop you have at home. It boasts a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor as well as Nvidia Quadro P620 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD storage. Other features include a camera shutter, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and a variety of ports.View Deal

Dell Precision 3550 Mobile Workstation, 15.6-inch: $1,981.14 $1,379 at Dell
Looking for a powerful workstation that won’t break the bank? This normally expensive Precision 3550 is almost half the price for Cyber Monday while keeping its impressive specs that include  a 10th-gen Intel Core i5, Nvidia Quadro P520, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. Other nifty features include a fingerprint reader and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.View Deal

Gigabyte Aorus 5: $1,299 $1,149 at Newegg
When we reviewed the Gigabyte Aorus 5 earlier this year, we said it was one of the best midrange gaming laptops out there, so we’re happy to see that it’s $150 off over at Newegg ahead of Cyber Monday. Loaded with an Intel Core i7-10750H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch 144HZ 1080p IPS display, ray-traced gaming rarely comes this cheap.View Deal

Asus ZenBook 15: $1,499 $1,199 at Newegg
The Asus ZenBook 15 is an excellent machine for creative professionals, thin and light to carry around, but still powerful enough for most workloads. With this Cyber Monday laptop deal, you can save $300, cutting the price down to $1,199. View Deal

New model

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020): $1,299.99 $1,199.99 at B&H Photo
B&H Photo is also offering the the new MacBook Pro with M1 chip for $100 off if you don’t want to go with Amazon. Like with Amazon, this deal applies to both the 256GB and 512GB models, so you don’t have to compromise and still save some money. Normally not a saving worth talking about – but this is a hyper-new (and excellent) laptop.View Deal

HP Spectre x360 13: $1,699 $1,399 at Best Buy
The HP Spectre x360 is hands down one of our favorite laptops of all time. It’s sleek, fast, and makes for one of the best Windows Tablets when flipped. The best part is that you’re getting a brand new one with an Intel 11th-gen processor for just $1,399 on Cyber Monday. View Deal

Dell XPS 15 Laptop: $1,849.99 $1,449.99 at Dell
Save $400 –
Whether you’re looking for your next work laptop or a powerful one for your creative endeavors, this 15-inch XPS might just be what you need. It comes with a 9th-gen i7, GTX 1650 GPU, 32GB of RAM, and a whopping 1TB of SSD storage. While that display isn’t touchscreen, it’s still a beaut with 500 nits of brightness and InfinityEdge bezels.View Deal

Alienware M15 R3 15.3-inch gaming laptop: $1,849.99 $1,518.99 at Dell
Save $330 –
Sure, Alienware isn’t exactly known for value, but a hefty saving makes this M15 R3 a much more affordable proposition. With a 10th gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and an RTX 2060 graphics card, this is one very powerful machine too.
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LG gram 15.6-inch Touchscreen laptop: $1,999.99 $1,599.99 at Best Buy
Save $400
Equipped with a 10th gen Intel i7 CPU, 16BG of RAM, and 1TB SSD storage, this LG laptop is a beast that will handle any task your throw at it. The full HD screen is also fantastic for watching movies on the go.View Deal

HP Spectre x360 15.6-inch 2-in-1 laptop: $1,999.99 $1,699.99 at Best Buy
Save $300
This stunning black/gold laptop is the perfect companion for working and entertainment alike, and with a 10th generation i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a GTX 1650 Ti GPU and 1TB of super-fast SSD storage it’s powerful to boot.
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Razer Blade 15, 15.6-inch: $2,299.99 $1,849.99 at BestBuy
Save $450 – If a fully kitted out gaming laptop has always been out of your budget before, it might not be anymore with this deal for the Razer Blade 15. This configuration of one of the best gaming laptops right now comes with a 10th-gen i7, RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage.View Deal

Creative Workstation Powerhouse

Acer ConceptD 7 Creator: $2,999 $1,999 at Adorama
Save $1,000
– Save big on this beast of a laptop from Acer during Cyber Monday. Loaded up with a ninth-gen Intel Core i7-9750H, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GPU, and a 4K Pantone-calibrated IPS 15.6-inch display this is about as powerful a laptop as you’ll find for content creators out there. View Deal

Dell XPS 17 Touch Laptop: $2,399.99 $1,999.99 at Dell
Save $400
– 17-inch laptops are there to offer you that bigger screen real estate you need, but the XPS 17 takes things further by being sleek and svelte. It’s among the best 17-inch laptops out there, and this $400 discount gets you a potent configuration, with a 10th-gen i7, Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and a gorgeously bright touchscreen display.View Deal

Gigabyte Aorus 15G: $2,199 $1,469 at Newegg
When we reviewed the Gigabyte Aorus 15G, we were blown away by how much this desktop replacement shoved in this laptop at its reasonable price. And, for Cyber Monday, you can get this RTX 2070-equipped laptop for just $1,469. View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 15: $1,899 $1,599 at Newegg
Gigabyte Aero laptops pack the kind of hardware you’d expect in a gaming laptop, but wraps it all up in a package you won’t be ashamed to bring into the boardroom. And, you can get a model with an RTX 2070 and a 10th-gen Core i7  for just $1,599 at Newegg.View Deal

MSI GL65 Leopard: $1,799 $1,669 at Newegg
Get this MSI GL65 Leopard gaming laptop packed with an Intel Core i7-10750H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD, and a 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz IPS display – all for $130 off over at Newegg for Cyber Monday.View Deal

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15: $2,199 $1,999 at Asus Store
Save $200 – Asus doesn’t use the Republic of Gamers brand name for no reason: it makes some of the best gaming laptops on the market, like this excellent Strix Scar 15, packed with an RTX 2070 and 16GB of RAM. And, now you can save $200 direct from Asus itself for Cyber Monday.  
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Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i7, 1TB, 16GB RAM: $2,299.99 $2,099 at Microsoft
Save $200 –
Microsoft has cut a huge $200 of this high-end Surface Pro 7 model. You may need to configure it yourself on the Microsoft Store, but this is the version with an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. A great deal for a great device.
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Best Cyber Monday gaming laptop of the day

MSI GS65 Stealth: $2,999 $2,199 at Newegg
The MSI GS65 Stealth is one of the greatest gaming laptops of all time. This thing is powerful enough to max out all of your games at 1080p with ray tracing, and it looks good enough to bring to the board room. Sure, it has a 9th-gen processor, but with this $800 Cyber Monday discount, it’s still worth it. View Deal

New price drop

Asus ROG Zephyrus S15: $2,999 $2,549 at Amazon
Asus’ Zephyrus laptops are always extremely stylish, and the S15 is no different. With this model, you’re getting a sleek gaming laptop packed with an RTX 2080 Super and 32GB of RAM, making it one heck of a performer. For Cyber Monday you can save $450View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR: $3,699 $2,999 at Newegg
Recently, Gigabyte has started pitching its Aero laptops as devices geared towards creative professionals who also happen to game. And, the Gigabyte Aero 17 is like a MacBook Pro 16 turned up to 11, with a Core i9 and an RTX 2080 Super. And, right now you can save $700.View Deal

Where to find more Cyber Monday laptop deals

Cyber Monday laptop deals UK

Cyber Monday laptop deals are coming thick and fast in the UK as Cyber Monday approaches, with some brilliant offers to be had on a huge range of devices.

Cyber Monday laptop deals under £500

Asus C523 15.6-inch Chromebook: £329 £279 at Currys
Save £50 –
it’s rare to find a cheap Chromebook that also offers a full 15.6-inch display, and it’s even rarer to find one with a step up from the usual 32GB of storage we see in entry level models. This Asus Chromebook, however, kits you out with 64GB of storage, an Intel N3350 processor and the usual 4GB RAM for just £279.
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Amazing value

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 2-in-1 Chromebook + JBL Tune 600BTNC wireless noise cancelling headphones: £438.99 £329 at Currys
Save £109.99 –
This is an excellent deal for anyone looking to get up and running with a cheaper (but still powerful) 2-in-1 Chromebook and a nice set of headphones at the same time. You’re getting a fantastic dual-purpose machine here that easily switches between a laptop and a tablet and a pair of JBL’s wireless noise cancelling headphones at a great price.
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Asus C523NA 15.6-inch Chromebook: £379.99 £359 at Amazon
Save £20 –
There’s a £20 discount on this excellent Asus Chromebook right now. That’s not a major saving, but there’s plenty to get excited about in here. A full-sized touchscreen display is a rarity in cheap Cyber Monday laptop deals and you’ll also find an Intel N4200 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage inside.
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Great Chromebook deal

Asus Flip C433 Chromebook: £499 £399 at Currys
Save £100 –
This fantastic 2-in-1 Chromebook from Asus can be used as both a laptop and a tablet, and with a full HD screen and up to 10 hours of battery life, it’s a great choice for students in particular.
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Huawei MateBook D 15.6-inch, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM: £699 £499 at Currys PC World
Save £200 –
This laptop combines an Apple-like design with some powerful modern components, including a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, and a very competitive price.
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Asus Zenbook 14-inch laptop: £599.99 £499.99 at Argos
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Save £100 on this 14-inch Asus Zenbook laptop at Argos this week – that’s an excellent final price for the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD you’ll find under the hood. Add a quad-core Ryzen 5 processor, slim-bezel display, Radeon Vega 8 graphics and built in HD webcam and you’ve got yourself a winner.
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Cyber Monday laptop deals under £1,000

Dell Inspiron 13 5000, Intel Core i3, 256GB, 8GB RAM: £648.99 £529 at Dell
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This model of the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 with an 11th generation Intel Core i3 CPU is a great choice for people wanting a real budget bargain. It features some great specs for the price.
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Dell Inspiron 15 5000, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM: £668.99 £549 at Dell
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Save a hefty amount with this brilliant laptop that’s ideal for day-to-day use. Featuring a new 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor, and 8GB RAM, plus a 15.6-inch 1080p monitor, this is a joy to work on.
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HP 14-inch laptop: £699 £599 at Currys
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Sitting just a hair under £600, this 14-inch HP laptop is offering some great specs in Currys’Cyber Monday laptop deals. There’s a 10th generation i7 processor under the hood, accompanied by 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. Plus, you’re saving £100 with Currys right now – with a Cyber Monday price guarantee as well.
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Dell Inspiron 13 5000, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM: £748.99 £609 at Dell
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This is a great price for this excellent mid-range laptop from Dell. It packs some great specs, including a new 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM, which makes it ideal for day-to-day task. It’s selling out fast, though.
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Asus TUF Gaming FX505, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1650: £699.97 £649.97 at Box
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This is a brilliant cheap gaming laptop deal. While you won’t be playing games at ultra high definitions, it still offers great performance with most modern games, and the price is especially tempting.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 128GB, 8GB RAM: £899 £659 at Currys
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Currys is leading the UK retailers with the best Surface Pro 7 deal, with the Core i5 version with 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM going for £659. This is a fantastic price, but doesn’t include the Type Cover.
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Acer Spin 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop: £749 £699 at Currys
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This 14-inch 2-in-1 Acer Spin is down to £699 in Currys’ latest Cyber Monday laptop deals. There’s plenty of power inside – with a 10th gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage – but you’re also getting some excellent functionality here with a touchscreen that easily flips around to form a tablet.
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Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA: £899 £699 at John Lewis
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Asus’ ZenBook series of laptops are the pinnacles of thin and light Ultrabook designs, and this stylish laptop packs an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, all for a great £150 off the usual asking price in the John Lewis Cyber Monday laptop deals.
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New price drop

Asus TUF F15, Intel Core i5, Nvidia GTX 1650Ti, 8GB RAM: £899.99 £748.98 at Scan
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This excellent affordable gaming laptop offers you enough power to handle the latest games at medium to high settings thanks to its 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GTX 1650Ti. Its 512GB SSD can hold plenty of games.
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Samsung Galaxy Book S 13.3-inch laptop: £999 £849 at Amazon
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This Galaxy Book S from Samsung rocks what has to be one of the most attractive notebook designs this side of any Apple computing. It’s thin, really thin, but still manages to pack a 10th gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD – great ultrabook-level specs for the money.
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Apple MacBook Air 13.3in, Intel Core i3, 256GB: £919 £879 at Currys
Okay, it doesn’t have Apple’s new M1 chip, but this is still an enormously capable laptop for everyday computing, now at a new low price. This model comes with 8GB RAM, 256GB storage and a battery life that stretches up to ten hours. In Apple terms, this is a bargain.View Deal

Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM: £1,169 £899 at Currys
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Want the above, but with double the storage? Currys has also knocked a huge £270 off this model, which bumps the SSD to 256GB, giving you more room to store your documents and files.
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HP Envy 13.3-inch laptop: £999 £899 at Currys
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You can save £100 on this HP Envy at Currys right now – and you’re getting a good spec sheet for your cash as well. There’s a 10th generation i7 processor inside, with 8GB RAM as well. However, the star of the show is that 1TB SSD – an excellent component for £899.
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2-in-1 laptop deal

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1, Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB RAM: £1,148 £949 at Dell
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This brilliant 2-in-1 laptop can be used as both a laptop and a tablet, and packs some incredibly powerful hardware, including a new Intel 11th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and a 1080p touchscreen.
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Dell G5 13, Intel Core i7, Nvidia RTX 2060, 512GB, 16GB RAM: £1,218.99 £989 at Dell
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If you’re after an affordable gaming laptop, then this is a great choice with a big saving for Cyber Monday. It comes with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor, plus a powerful RTX 2060 GPU, which is perfect for 1080p gaming.
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HP Pavilion Gaming 15, Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, RTX 2060: £1,149.97 £999.97 at Box
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Box has cut a hefty £150 off this excellent 15-inch gaming laptop, which comes with some of the most powerful (and recent) mobile components from Intel and Nvidia. This is a brilliant Cyber Monday gaming laptop deal.
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Cyber Monday laptop deals over £1,000

Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 13.3-inch laptop: £1,249 £1,049 at Amazon
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Another stunning design from Samsung, this Galaxy Book Ion also comes with something you normally don’t see on ultrabooks – a QLED HD display. Of course, it’s also got a 10th gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD rounding out the specs too.
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Huge savings

Asus ROG Strix G15, Intel Core i7, Nvidia RTX 2060, 16GB RAM: £1,399.99 £1,099.97 at Box
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Save a hefty amount of money with this brilliant gaming laptop that offers plenty of power thanks to its 6-core Intel i7 processor, RTX 2060 GPU and 16GB of RAM. You also get a free backpack with this deal as well.
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Huge saving

Dell XPS 15, Intel Core i5, 512GB, 8GB RAM: £1,618.99 £1,169 at Dell
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The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops in the world, and this amazing laptop deal cuts the price of the model with a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD on Cyber Monday.
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Acer Predator Helios 300, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, RTX 2060: £1,399.97 £1,199.97 at Box
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This great gaming laptop features a new Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and an RTX 2060 GPU, along with 1TB SSD for plenty of storage. With a 144Hz screen, this is a great laptop for esports and competitive players.
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Acer Predator Triton 300, Intel Core i7, RTX 2070, 1TB : £1,499 £1,299 at Currys
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This is one of the best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals we’ve seen already, with a powerful combo of 10th gen Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2070 MaxQ GPU, plus a super-fast 144Hz 15.6-inch display and huge 1TB SSD. All for £200 off!View Deal

Asus ROG Strix G15, Intel Core i7, Nvidia RTX 2070, 16GB RAM: £1,598.99 £1,348.99 at Scan
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If you want the ROG Strix G15 with some boosted specs, then this deal knocks a huge amount of cash off the asking price, and bumps the GPU up to the excellent RTX 2070.
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Further reductions

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5-inch): £1,549 £1,347 at Amazon
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All Microsoft Surface Laptop 3’s with 10th gen Intel Core i7 processors are on sale right now in the Amazon Cyber Monday sale giving you a great chance to bag an Ultrabook for £200 less. Displayed above is the price for the Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 256GB variant, but there are also savings to be had on the 512GB version too.
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MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020): £1,499 £1,369 at Currys
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– The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also discounted in the latest Currys Cyber Monday laptop deals. It comes loaded with the base Core i5 CPU with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, making it a great deal if you’re not quite ready to make the jump to Apple’s new M1 chip just yet.
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Dell G7 15, Intel Core i7, Nvidia RTX 2060, 1TB, 16GB RAM: £1,618.99 £1,524 at Dell
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This excellent gaming laptop comes with the very decent RTX 2060 graphics card, along with a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM, which will keep you gaming for years to come.
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Dell G7 15, Intel Core i7, Nvidia RTX 2060, 1TB, 16GB RAM: £1,618.99 £1,524 at Dell
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This excellent gaming laptop comes with the very decent RTX 2060 graphics card, along with a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM, which will keep you gaming for years to come.
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Dell XPS 13, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB : £1,799 £1,529 at Currys
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The Dell XPS 13 is one of the most popular laptops in the world, and for good reason – it’s small, light, and stunningly designed, and powerful as well. This 13-inch star comes with a powerful new CPU from Intel, 16GB of RAM, 1TB storage and a beautiful 4K display. All for £270 off!View Deal

Razer Blade Pro 17, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, RTX 2070: £2,299.92 £1,599.98 at eBuyer
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Dell XPS 15, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB : £1,999 £1,699 at Currys
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The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops in the world, and ahead of Cyber Monday, Currys has knocked a hefty £300 off the model with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and Nvidia GeForce 1650 Ti GPU. This is one heck of a laptop for the price.View Deal

New price cut

Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch): £2,199 £1,832 at Amazon
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You can really push the boat out with this stunning upgraded 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 today at Amazon. You’re getting the addition of a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card here, alongside a 10th gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD – specs that’ll even handle gaming as well as all your productivity tasks.
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How to find the best Cyber Monday laptop deals in 2020

Laptops in 2020 have these shiny exteriors that attract a lot of attention, built with beautiful aluminum and magnesium alloys, high resolution displays and trackpads that are way bigger than they really need to be. But, it’s what’s inside that counts.  

When you’re browsing through all the Cyber Monday laptop deals, you should be aware that a lot of laptop manufacturers and retailers are trying to get rid of old stock.  You’ll see a laptop deal that cuts a huge chunk off the original price, only to find that it has a processor that’s three years old. That’s not necessarily a dealbreaker – even with an Intel Core i7-7500U, you should be able to get some work done.

Either way,  just keep in mind the current generations of laptop hardware. Intel processors should have either a 10 in front of their model number – like the Intel Core i7-10710U. However, 8th-generation processors should still be able to get the job done. Don’t buy a 7th-generation Intel Core processor unless it’s a seriously deep discount, and you should be prepared for some dated performance.  

If you’re buying a gaming laptop, you should aim for one with a current-generation Nvidia GPU, too. The Nvidia GeForce 20-series graphics chips are the current top-end, and will let you power ray-tracing in games. However, there is the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 in laptops that will be able to power through your PC games at 1080p. Then, in Ultrabooks, you’ll find an Nvidia GeForce MX250, which isn’t great at games, but works wonders for pro apps you’ll use on the road. 

Still, you might find a great deal on a laptop with an Nvidia 10-series GPU,  just keep in mind that it’s the last-generation model. 

Finally, a lot of Cyber Monday laptop deals will try to sell you a laptop without enough RAM. As a general rule of thumb, you should shoot for at least 8GB of RAM on a Windows laptop, and 16GB if you plan on doing any heavy work on it. If you’re buying one of the best Chromebooks, you can get away with 4GB, but even there 8GB is definitely a boon. 

And, if this is too much to take in, just keep this page bookmarked. We’ll browse through the Cyber Monday laptop deals that pop up, and we’ll update this page with the best of the best.  We use all kinds of different laptops every day, so you can trust that you’ll get a laptop that’s worth your time and money. 

Where to find Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals

If you’re after a more RGB-friendly rig, you’ll find plenty of Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals hitting the shelves right now as well. We’re rounding them all up on this page, but you can hunt down the specific spec you need by heading to retailers currently offering early Cyber Monday laptop deals. 

In the US, we’d recommend checking out Dell, Best Buy, and HP first – as they’re all bringing their Cyber Monday offers forward this year. However, in the UK we’d head over to Amazon where you’ll likely find discounts on rigs as well as peripherals and games as well.

Cyber Monday deals 2020: Best offers from Samsung, Pandora, Nintendo, Shark and more – The Independent

After weeks of anticipation, the biggest shopping event of the year, is almost over. But don’t think that’s it as today is Cyber Monday, so you’ve got one last chance to get your Christmas shopping done.

With a broad range of retailers slashing their prices on big-ticket items, from smart TVs and tablets to sofas and mattresses, it’s the best time to find a deal, and of course, get your Christmas shopping lists ticked off.

With so much on offer, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of saving, but that’s where we come in. Read our guides to the leading retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, Currys PC World, Argos and Aldi to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. 

Whether you’re after a television, laptop, kids’ toys or a new item of clothing, it’s here where you’ll be able to find our carefully curated selection of the very best discounts during the mammoth sale event. All you need to do is have your wishlist in front of you. Read on for the creme de la creme of offers to shop now.

Our IndyBest team hand-picks every deal we feature. We may earn some commission from the links in this article, but our selections have been made independently and without bias. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

Cyber Monday deals: Quick links

Amazon – Offering some of the most competitive prices on everything from tech to gin

Currys PC World – If you need a new laptop, TV or vacuum cleaner, you’ll find big discounts here

Boots – More than half price discounts on Fenty Beauty, Clinique, No 7 and more

Very – Get Christmas sorted with discounts on home appliances, kids’ toys, tech and more

Best Cyber Monday deals available now

Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner: Was £299, now £149.99, Amazon

(Shark)

If you’re ready to get your Mrs Hinch on, snap up a vacuum cleaner from her favourite brand. With a huge 50 per cent off, this model features the patented Shark powered lift-away, which means the pod can be detached so you can reach right under the trickiest furniture. It also comes with a pet power brush to remove stubborn hair from stairs and upholstery, making this excellent value for money. Shark featured in our review of the best pet vacuum cleaners and the best cordless vacs, so we can testify to the brand’s reputation. This is a lightning deal, so you’ll need to act fast before it sells out.

Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Case: Was £249, now £198, Amazon

(Apple)

If you want to upgrade your original AirPods or are just looking to go all out, look to the Pro version, which were awarded the best buy in our review of the best wireless earbuds. David Phelan, our technology critic, said: “Apple’s deluxe earbuds offer the best noise-cancelling of any in-ear headphones. They fit the ears perfectly, with a near-spherical part nestling in the ear comfortably and securely. Three different sizes of silicone eartips are in the box, so you can choose the right size for a perfect fit.

“To help you out, there’s an eartip fit test screen on the phone which plays a short burst of music and can work out if the fit is good or not. The microphones which help with this test and ensure the noise-cancelling is effective also work well for hands-free phone calls,” he added. With a more than £50 saving, snap them up as they’ll go fast.

Sleepyhead Deluxe+ Pod in  Pristine White Pod, 0-8 months: Was £130, now £110.50, Natural Baby Shower

(Sleepyhead)

In our guide to the best gifts for new parents, this Sleepyhead Deluxe+ pod won the best buy, and our reviewer called it a “must-buy gift for newborns”, adding that “the Sleepyhead is every parent’s saviour for an easy-as-pie pod for their babies to relax in.”

The pod is a great little cosy space for them to nap in, play and be changed in too. But it is not designed for overnight sleeping or for babies to sleep in unattended. The material is breathable, soft and can be washed too (an essential). While this isn’t a huge saving, a Sleepyhead offer is a rare treat, this 15 per cent discount is across Natural Baby Shower’s whole range of patterns.

Bosch PBH 2100 RE Rotary Hammer Drill: Was £99.99, now £51.99, Amazon

(Amazon)

If home improvements are on the agenda, be sure to make an impact with this Bosch PBH 2100 RE Rotary Hammer Drill with a whopping 48 per cent off. Packing a powerful 550 watts motor, there’s a selection switch for hammering, chiselling, drilling or screwdriving and can be used to drill concrete, steel and wood. Bosch landed a spot in our review of the best hammer drills of 2020, with our reviewer admiring a similar product, saying: “it was equally at home boring holes in wood and drilling into hard old bricks.” So the brand can be praised for its versatility.  

RIXO Mimi printed dress: Was £255, now £153, Harvey Nichols

(Rixo)

Known and loved for its bold, clashing prints and fashion forward styles, this Rixo dress will make a versatile yet playful addition to your year-round wardrobe. Grazing the ankles, this will team well with a pair of over-the-knee boots, strappy heels or white trainers and you can match your accessories to the rose, blue and green shades in it.

Samsung QE55Q60T 55 inch, QLED, 4K Ultra HD, Ambient Mode, HDR, Smart Q60 TV: Was £1199, now £699, Very

(Samsung)

Save a huge £500 on this TV in Very’s sale, but be quick as the deal ends at midnight. QLED is a Samsung special, and it means it’ll deliver more heavily saturated colours that are more precisely defined. The Smart TV element means you can, of course, stream all your favourite TV and films using the built-in apps, including Disney+, Apple TV, NOW TV and BT Sport. The ambient mode means you can turn the screen into a decorative feature, which takes the focal point away from the TV. It can also be controlled using a number of voice assistance, such as Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant. 

Veja V-10 leather sneakers: Was £110, now £77, Net-A-Porter

(Net-A-Porter)

These are the must-have trainers from French label Veja, and the V10 design celebrates the brand’s 10th anniversary. Veja, which is Portuguese for “look”, is known for its eco-credentials too, and this pair is no different with responsibly sourced leather, organic cotton and wild rubber harvested from the Amazon rainforest. We featured the brand’s campo trainers in our round-up of the best white trainers, where our reviewer said: “It’s a supportive and smart shoe that’s office worthy. We love them worn with wide leg trousers.” And with £40 off, this is a great deal that ill no doubt sell out soon.  

Barbour International Ariel Quilted Jacket: Was £150, now £108, Tessuti

(Barbour)

British heritage brand Barbour International is known for creating classic looks and this diamond quilted Ariel Quilted Jacket showcases just that. With a cotton construction, full zip fastening with button overlay, funnel neck, four front pockets and a handy interior pocket, this jacket is a safe bet if you want to finish off an outfit in style. Right now Tessuti is offering an extra 10 per cent off when using the code ‘BLACK’, too. 

Nintendo Switch Lite, Animal Crossing and Minecraft bundle: Was £263.98, now £239, Currys PC World

(Nintendo)

If you’ve got a Nintendo Switch on your Christmas list, there are rarely deals on the hugely popular console  so take advantage of this Currys Cyber Monday bundle that includes the “New Horizons” Animal Crossing game and Minecraft. The pink console is designed perfectly for handheld play and compatible with any other games you may already own.

The Independent’s technology editor, Andrew Griffin, had this to say about the popular console: “To get this out the way: the Switch is an entirely different proposition, but one that’s not worth ruling out.”

“The games are incredible, the console is packed with fun, and Nintendo have pulled out a stroke of genius all around. It has its downsides – the graphics and performance are nowhere near as futuristic and powerful as the other bigger consoles – but that’s what you get for it all fitting in a box you can throw in your bag and play on the move,” he added.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Was £899, now £659, John Lewis

(Microsoft)

Save a huge £240 on this Surface tablet in John Lewis’s sale. Landing a spot in our review of the best tablets of 2020, our technology critic, David Phelan, said: Although this is a tablet, it becomes a full-on laptop if you attach an optional keyboard cover. Its functionality is aided by Microsoft’s full Windows 10 operating system. One design trademark of the surface series is the kickstand which folds out of the back and adjusts to hold the tablet in the various positions, near-upright for viewing video or almost flat to write on with the optional stylus.”

“The display looks great and the range of apps is dizzyingly large. With the keyboard attached it becomes a lightweight, powerful laptop that’s easy to carry and use,” he added.

(Nutribullet)

The name to know when it comes to blenders, NutriBullet is a go-to brand for kitchen appliances. Amazon has slashed the price of this model by 36 per cent, and given it featured in our review of the best jug blenders, it’s safe to say we recommend it.

Our tester said: The ever-popular NutriBullet is always a solid choice for those who are predominantly looking to blend fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds into smoothies. Although it only uses a 600W motor with one strong setting, its blades rotate at an impressive 20,000 rpm in a cyclonic motion to speedily break down stems, skins and seeds at great speed.”

“The entire device disassembles for easy cleaning in a dishwasher, which our testers really liked, along with its small, neat design. An incredibly effective product and one of the most easy to use, store and clean,” they added.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Smartphone: Was £1429, now £1179, John Lewis

(Samsung)

Save a huge £250 on this Samsung smartphone in John Lewis’s Cyber Monday sale. The device landed a spot in our review of the best phones of 2020, with our technology critic, David Phelan, noting: “This is a super-fast phone with lots going for it. The display has a variable refresh rate, which means it can make everything look butter smooth, whether that’s watching video or scrolling through lists. It can also save battery life by reducing the refresh rate when it doesn’t need to be fast.”

“It has three cameras on the back which includes one with a 108MP sensor, which is able to pick up more light, more quickly. The results are impressive, even though you probably won’t use the maximum zoom level, which is 50x,” he added. With a three-year guarantee included and free delivery, you can’t go wrong.

Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit: Was £149.99, now £89.99, Amazon

(Philips)

We’re all spending a lot more time at home, so why not smarten it up? Save a huge 40 per cent off this smart lighting kit from Philips with everything you need to get started including three smart bulbs and the bridge that connects to your router. Everything can be controlled via the Phillips Hue app, or voice control assistants including Amazon Alexa and Google assistant. 

This particular set won Best Buy status in our review of the best smart lighting, with our technology critic, David Phelan, noting: “Philips knows pretty much all there is to know about lighting, including and how to illuminate a room in different colours or adapt to different situations.”

“If you only need your bulbs to light up in white, you can choose a cheaper starter kit, but the ambiance kit has a wide colour spectrum, (there are 16 million),” he added.

As well as the bulbs and bridge, Phelan said that “there’s also a battery-powered dimmer switch, which is a handy addition so any family member who doesn’t have a smartphone or hasn’t embraced smart lighting so can still turn the lights off.” This is a brilliant deal so snap it up fast.

(Amazon)

Amazon has slashed the price of its popular smart speaker by more than 50 per cent, and at less than £20, this is the time to buy. It impressed our reviewer in our round-up of the best smart speakers. They said: “It can do all the Alexa-related stuff of the most advanced speakers such as answering questions, turning smart home gadgets on or off, and so on. Radio, podcasts and audio books all sound good, with clear vocals. Echo devices can make audio calls to one another and these work well, too.” The latest fourth generation Echo Dot is also on sale, reduced from £49.99 to £28.99. This is one of the hottest products during the event, so add one to your basket quick.

LEGO 51515 Mindstorms Robot Inventor Robotics Kit: Was £329.99, now £246.99, Amazon

(Lego)

Treat the budding engineer in your life to this Lego robot inventor kit, which is currently on sale with more than £80 off. The set features five different robot models, all of which have their own personalities which you can programme via the Mindstorms Robot inventor app. The perfect Christmas Day activity, building and programming these robots is a great way to keep young minds busy. With 25 per cent off, snap it up now.  

2020 Apple iPad Pro 11in 127GB: Was £769, now £706.70, Amazon

(Apple)

Apple products don’t come cheap and the brand is notorious for not participating in many sales, so although this isn’t a huge saving, it’s a worthy inclusion for the latest 2020 Pro model. Our technology critic, David Phelan, explained in his review the difference between the 2020 iPad Pro and the previous version: “The biggest changes are the new LiDAR scanner and the improved cameras which are designed to turn the iPad Pro into a portable movie studio, say, rather than a better way to take photographs.” The larger 12.9in model is also on sale, reduced from £969 to £895.69.

(Gtech)

Designed specifically for homes with four-legged friends – K9, geddit? – this heavy duty vacuum promises a tougher clean. The cordless design allows you to move seamlessly from carpets to wood flooring to tiles and it’s lightweight at just over 3kgs. It also has lightly scented cartridges in the filter to keep your home feeling clean and fresh.

Laithwaite’s red, white or mixed wine cases: Was £138.88, now £95.88, Laithwaite’s

(Laithwaite’s)

Online wine retailer Laithwaite’s is offering three big deals with 30 per cent off a case of wine, which works out at less than £8 per bottle. With each case you save £43, so you can easily – and affordably – stock up for Christmas. The offer also includes two free Dartington glass wine tumblers (worth £15), free delivery and extra bottles of wine too. Choose from either the red showcase box, the all-star sauvingons (which both come with a free magnum or two bottles, depending on stock), or the best-sellers super mix, which also includes an extra two bottles. But be quick, as the deal ends midday on 2 December. 

Silver Cross Wave Pram: Was £995, now £795.99, Kiddies Kingdom

(Silver Cross)

We love Silver Cross’ Wave Pram which came out on top in our VS pram review. Our reviewer said “it took the lead with its elegant looks, no nonsense assembly and versatile configurations. It is excellent value too – a fantastic designer double buggy for the price of some single buggies.” Adding that “there are 30 different configurations of the pram so you are bound to find the perfect one to suit you,” they noted that “the patented seat elevation allows you to be closer to your baby and also makes getting them in and out even easier.”

Reduced by 20 per cent down to a steal of £796, “it is excellent quality and feels very safe and sturdy. The design is beautiful and we loved the luxury elements such as the leatherette handlebar and chrome details.” Ensure you don’t miss out on this pushchair upgrade.

YSL Black Opium Neon Eau de Parfum: Was £88, now £44, Boots

(YSL)

Fragrance fans move quickly — Boots is offering 50 per cent off a select line of their most popular scents. This Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium is a cult classic. Featuring base notes of black coffee, vanilla and white musk with fruity top notes of dragonfruit and mandarin, it’s perfect for the festive season.

Apple Watch Series 5 44mm 5 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) – Space Grey Aluminium Case with Black Sport Band: Was £529, now £399.99, Amazon

(Apple)

Save more than £125 on the Apple Watch Series 5. It has both style and substance, with a sapphire crystal and ceramic back and always-on retina display. Not only does it monitor your heart rate, sleep and physical activity, but it even a compass that also shows elevation, so you are ready for anything life throws at you. The watch also has cellular connectivity, so you can stream music or podcasts, or give someone a call mid-hike, when you are far away from any wifi. With 18 hours of battery life and water-resistance up to 50m, you don’t want to pass on this deal.

Charlotte Tilbury starry eyes to hypnotise palette duo: Worth £120, now £60, Charlotte Tilbury

(Charlotte Tilbury)

This is an unmissable deal. Buy one for yourself and you’ll get one free to gift someone else. We love how versatile this palette is, with a huge array of tones and formulas to play with. Whether you’re looking for a smokey khaki eye or a warm pink shimmer, there’s so many looks to create within one palette. As with all Charlotte Tilbury products, the packaging feels weighty and luxe, making this the perfect Christmas gift. 

Neato Robotics D650 robot vacuum: Was £729.99, now £329.99, Amazon

(Neato)

Save a huge £400 on this robot vacuum cleaner that comes with a pet brush, two filters, a side brush and a cleaning tool, so you’ll be well equipped to ensure it lasts you years.

Thanks to its D-shape, the brand promises it can reach even the tightest corners and edges on both hardwood and carpeted floors. It’s also self sufficient, returning to the charge base on its own, before picking up where it left off once full of juice. The similar Neato botvac connected D7 model has also appeared in our review of the best robot vacuum cleaners which our tester found to be particularly good for pet owners as it was very effective at picking up animal hair.

(Amazon)

Save 30 per cent on Amazon’s best-selling tablet. The Fire 7 won a spot in our review of the best tablets, with our technology critic, David Phelan, praising it for its impressive affordability. He said: “If you only need a small display, the 7in screen here, though not high-resolution, is perfectly usable. Like the Amazon Fire HD8, it is tightly integrated with Amazon’s other services such as Kindle books and Prime Video.”

“Performance is decent rather than outstanding but this is still a tablet definitely worth considering, mostly because of the remarkable price,” he added. With access to a range of streaming apps including Disney+, Netflix and ITV Hub, it would make a great Christmas gift.

Kenwood KHC29.B0WH Prospero Stand Mixer: Was £199.99, now £99.99, Argos

(Kenwood)

If the latest Bake Off series has left you feeling inspired, save more than £100 on this Kenwood stand mixer in Argos’s sale. Its compact design makes it ideal for smaller kitchens, and it comes with a 4.3l stainless steel bowl along with three other non-stick bowls and other attachments such as a whisk and dough hook. This brand was featured twice in our review of the best stand mixers, so we can speak to the reputation of Kenwood’s products. You’ll be a star baker in no time.

Pandora reflexions mesh bracelet: Was £55, now £44, Pandora

(Pandora)

Popular jewellery brand Pandora is offering customers 20 per cent off its entire website. This timeless classic stood out to us the most, and we think it’ll elevate casualwear and eveningwear alike. You’ll have to pay a little extra for rose gold and gold, but whichever colourway you choose, we think it’ll make a very thoughtful gift.

FLUX Luggage set: Was £360, now £180, Samsonite

(Samsonite)

This set of two polypropylene cases has a huge 50 per cent off, so snap it up while it’s still on offer. The cases feature hidden expandability sections to help you squeeze in that extra luggage, double tube wheel handles and a fully lined interior to keep your things safe. We can attest to Samsonite’s reliability too, as its cases have appeared in our reviews of the best cabin bags and best wheeled travel bags.

(Apple)

If you’re in the market for a new phone, Three has plenty of offers on contracts like this one, with six months half price at £38.50 a month, that also comes with AirPods, unlimited data, texts and minutes. The 6.7 screen is the biggest ever on an iPhone, with a bigger battery and camera than other models. The Independent‘s technology critic, David Phelan, said in his review: “When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is epic, it just goes on and on. 

“The 6.7in display looks magnificent and in performance terms, it’s near-identical to the other phones in the range, that is, it’s super-fast whether you’re playing a graphics-intensive game (which looks phenomenal on this big display), streaming video, or just opening emails and launching apps.” 

Emma original mattress, double: Was £529, now £343.85, Emma Mattress

(Emma Mattress)

One of our favourite mattress brands, Emma Mattress, is offering  35 per cent off site wide with the code “Black35”. The Emma original took the Best Buy spot in our round-up of the best mattresses, our reviewer said: “We found it more instantly comfortable than other bed-in-a-box mattresses we tried, it has significantly more bounce and is easier to turn over on – with no chance of disturbing your partner when you do.”

The popular German-made three-layer foam mattress uses foam that is longer-lasting, has a breathable top layer, a washable cover and more bounce than usual mattresses. Enjoy a better night’s sleep and take advantage of this unmissable deal.

Mamas & Papas Ocarro eight piece bundle: Was £1339.99, now £799.99, Very

(Mamas & Papas)

Save more than £500 on this impressive Mamas & Papas bundle, which includes a pushchair, a carry cot, a car seat and an Isofix base for all of your travelling needs, plus a range of other accessories.

The pushchair features large all-terrain wheels and front and rear suspension, which means it should handle any ride while keeping your little one comfortable. The brand’s one-hand fold technology also sounds like a dream for busy parents. The car seat has great impact protection features and an height-adjustable headrest, while the carry cot is easily removable from the pushchair chassis, making this a great all-rounder set for every journey.

Google Nest mini 2nd generation: Was £49, now £24, Tesco

(Google)

This Google smart speaker and digital assistant works using voice control and allows you to play music from streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube Music. You can also check the weather, your diary, set reminders and hear the news whenever you ask. It supports up to six users and is compatible with smart devices and other Google Nest products. At this price, snap it up fast.

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker: Was £129.99, now £99.99, Argos

(Argos)

Save £30 on this smart watch from the leading fitness tracker brand, Fitbit. Available in four colours, the water-resistant device offers features including sleep tracking, built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor and the brand’s latest exercise modes.

Fitbits’s products featured twice in our review of the best fitness trackers, with our tester praising the earlier version of this discounted model, the Fitbit charge 3, for its clever features. They said: “Unlike many trackers, this one is monitoring your heart rate continuously rather than just during workouts. As well as looking out for health trends it also gives information during workouts to help understand them better. The sleep tracking is also excellent, measuring REM sleep as well as deep and light.”

(Amazon)

Enjoy a fantastic 50 per cent off the Echo Show 5 in Amazon’s sale. The device earned a spot in our review of the best smart speakers, where our technology critic, David Phelan, praised its top performance. He said: “Of all Amazon’s Echo devices with screens (there are two other echo show models with 8in and 10in displays respectively, plus the baseball-sized Echo Spot with a tiny screen), this one is the best balance of size and capability.”

The 5.5in smart display allows you to manage your calendar, listen to the radio, check the news or even watch films. Phelan added: “It is also superbly sized for use as a bedroom alarm clock and Amazon has installed a physical switch that slides a cover in front of the lens for absolute certainty of privacy. It looks good and works well for video calls (when you slide the lens cover open again).”

Ring video doorbell with chime: Was £229, now £149, Currys PC World

(Ring)

Making your home more secure has never been easier, and Ring should be your go-to brand if you’re looking for peace of mind. This particular model featured in our review of the best doorbell cameras with our tester noting the “high-quality video” and the effect and easy to use Ring app. 

Featuring two-way audio, you’ll also be able to tell the delivery person where to leave your parcel if you’re out. If you’ve been considering this nifty piece of kit, now’s the time to buy – with 35 per cent off, we don’t think you’ll find a better deal elsewhere.  

Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 PL5124 Latest Generation IPL Permanent Visible Hair Remover: Was £600, now £231.99, Boots

(Braun)

If you’re missing your regular wax treatments at the salon, this IPL hair removal machine might be the answer, especially with a £305 saving. Braun claims that this dermatologically accredited device reduces hair in four weeks, with technology that adapts to your skin tone to give you the best results. It’s speedy too, with the brand claiming you can treat both lower legs in less than five minutes. The set features a precision head to treat smaller areas including the bikini line, under arms and even the face. We love the look of the sleek pouch it comes in too. It’s an investment, but you’ll be saving in the long term. 

Now TV Broadband Superfibre package: Was £28 a month, now £24 a month, Now TV

(Now TV)

Now TV is offering its Now Broadband superfibre package for its “lowest ever price” of just £24 a month for 12 months. Its fastest internet speed of 63 Mps gets you unlimited downloads, plus unlimited calls from the included line rental at less than £30. Plus, there’s no activation fee.

Sky is offering its superfast broadband for £25 a month for 18 months with a set-up fee of £19.95 at a speed of 59Mps, so its sister brand, Now TV’s deal is far more impressive.

If you don’t need super fast internet for streaming or gaming, you can get the brand’s 11Mpbs internet package for just £18 a month for 12 months. Or, for just £22 a month, you could opt for its mid-level broadband speed package of 36Mpbs and get a year’s subscription to Now TV’s Entertainment Pass, along with the free line rental.

Apple AirPods with charging case: Was £159, now £124.37, Amazon

(Apple)

Enjoy an impressive 22 per cent off the second generation AirPods in Amazon’s early Black Friday sale.  David Phelan, our technology critic, rated these highly in his IndyBest review of the best wireless earbuds, saying: “Apple’s distinctive earbuds have been massively successful since they first launched and they remain even now some of the very lightest in-ears you can find.

“The design is unchanged since day one, but improved electronics inside mean that you can say, ‘Hey, Siri’ to invoke the virtual assistant without even touching the earbuds,” he added.

He also rated the pro version of the AirPods which are on sale too, down from £249 to £209, but still commended the standard AirPods for their sound quality: “The fit is slightly different from the pro – there’s no silicone ear tip – and there’s no noise-cancelling. Even so, audio quality is very good, as is call quality, which works even if you only use one earbud.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G: Was £1,279, now £929, Samsung

(Samsung)

You can now save yourself £250 on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, here’s what our technology critic, David Phelan, had to say about it when he reviewed it:

“The big display is bright, sharp and very attractive. It has what’s called a variable refresh rate. A fast refresh rate means everything looks smooth and responsive, from scrolling menus to playing video. Battery life is good. Mostly there will be plenty of charge left but the combination of the big, detailed screen and fast processor could mean a heavy-use day will see it pretty depleted by the end, though it’s still unlikely to run out,” he said.

Virgin Media TV and broadband packages

(Virgin Media)

The brand’s Big Bundle features M100 Fibre Broadband with an average download speed of 108Mbps, a Virgin TV V6 box with 112 channels and a range of streaming services including Netflix and Amazon Prime, and a phone line which comes with voicemail. Usually costing £62 a month, this 18 month contract is on sale for just £28.99 a month, in what Virgin claims is its lowest ever price for the bundle.

Sports fans should look to the Ultimate Oomph Bundle, with over 250 TV channels including some from Sky Sports, BT Sport 4K and Sky Cinema. It comes with two Virgin Media V6 boxes, meaning you can enjoy TV from multiple rooms. This, along with ultrafast M500 Fibre broadband, a phone line and endless mobile data, calls and texts with a “truly unlimited” SIM card makes this a whopper of a package. It usually costs £139 a month but is currently down to £77.99 a month for 18 months.

Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Clock Tower Toy: Was £85, now £56.50, Argos

(Argos)

Combining two childhood favourites, this Lego Harry Potter set is a must-have for Christmas. It comes with eight mini-figures, including Harry and Dumbledore. There are hours of fun to be had here, building the three-level Castle Clock Tower, including locations from the film – Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Dumbledore’s office, Hospital wing, perfect’s bathroom and a Yule Ball scene.

Shark Flexology True Pet Anti Hair Wrap IZ251UKTDB Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – Black: Was £549, now £349, Currys PC World

(Shark)

Promising 120 minutes of running time, it has a motorised attachment that can help lift pet hairs from floors to furniture, and its anti-wrap technology will stop the brush-roll getting clogged up. It can also switch to a handheld unit to help you tackle harder-to-reach areas such as stairs or the inside of your car.

Now most of us are working from home, a laptop has never been so essential

(Amazon)

If you’re in the market for a new laptop, this Huawei model has 38 per cent off, and it was featured in our guide to the best high-end laptops. Our tech critic, David Phelan, who reviewed it said: “The bezels around the edge of the bright, colourful 13.9in display are amazingly thin, giving an immersive, all-screen effect.”

He went on to say:“The camera is  buried in the top row of the keyboard. Although it’s a slightly different angle, the view isn’t pointing as much up your nose as you might fear. Like the Apple laptops, there’s a fingerprint sensor in the power button which is fast and responsive.” The same model with Intel Core i7 is also on sale here, reduced from £1,449.99 to £949.99.

Braun FaceSpa Pro 922 Facial Epilator Beauty Gift: Was £149.99, now £69.99, Superdrug

(Braun)

If you’re worried about missing out on salon treatments during lockdown, look to this handy device that epilates, cleanses and tones the skin. It works to remove facial hair, whether that’s on your upper lip, chin, or simply all over, with a separate head to cleanse the skin. According to Braun, it removes three times as much short hair than waxing. For the best results, you will need to continually use this to prevent future hair growth. It also comes with a stand, bronze cap and pouch to keep it neat and tidy.

LG GSL460ICEV American-style fridge freezer: Was £1,199, now £849, Currys PC World

(LG)

This American-style fridge freezer has 591I of capacity, so is sure to fit all your weekly shops. There’s also an ice-water and ice cube dispenser, and a moist balance crisper that maintains the correct level of moisture so food such as lettuce doesn’t end up soggy. You can also pair the fridge to your phone via the LG ThinQ app in case there is ever a problem and you need quick advice.

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What happened to the cast of Only Fools and Horses? – Kent Live

Only Fools and Horses is right acclaimed as one of the country’s most beloved and popular sitcoms.

The show holds a particularly warm spot in the hearts of many Kent residents after the infamous 1989 ‘Jolly Boys Outing’ episode immortalised Margate.

Of course a lot has changed for the ensemble cast in the 31 years that have have gone by.

This is what the familiar faces who played Del Boy, Rodney, Boycie and Cassandra are up to now.

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David Jason – Del Boy

The actor famous for his stint as Del Boy in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses will present the three-part documentary series
David Jason is still appearing on our screens

Sir David Jason, or Del Boy himself is now 80 years old and continues to appear on our TV screens though not as an actor.

Since 2017, the veteran star has made several documentaries exploring his life in television and many fascinations including trains British inventions.

And despite the reduction in the number of acting roles, reports suggest Del Boy is still doing well for himself.

The MirrorOnline reports that the TV legend has amassed more than £2.3million in the last two years alone, thanks to his non-stop work schedule.

Nicholas Lyndhurst – Rodney Trotter

Nicholas Lyndhurst
(Image: Ian West/ PA)

Nicholas Lyndhurst, now 59, has continued to appear on TV screen since the show ended but has chosen his roles more carefully than other co-stars.

He recently appeared in the CBBC series ‘So Awkward’ and made several guest appearances on Only Fools’ spin-off ‘Rock & Chips.’

The actor was rocked by tragedy this year after his 19-year-old son Archie died suddenly at home after a short illness.

Roger Lloyd-Pack – Trigger

Roger Lloyd-Pack died in 2014
(Image: Mirrorpix)

Prior to his death from pancreatic cancer in 2014, Roger Lloyd Pack enjoyed a distinguished career appearing in many popular British TV series.

From 1994 to 2007 he played the role of Owen Newitt in parochial comedy series the Vicar of Dibley.

He also appeared in the Harry Potter franchise, starring as Barty Crouch in 2005’s Goblet of Fire.

Buster Merryfield – Uncle Albert

Merryfield in character as Uncle Albert
(Image: BBC)

Before becoming an actor, Buster Merryfield served in the army and saw action in the Second World War.

When he turned his hand to acting at the age of 57 he appeared in numerous small roles before landing the role of madcap Uncle Albert in 1985.

Sadly Buster died in June 1999 as a result of a brain tumour.

Lennard Pierce -Grandad Trotter

Lennard Pierce was a fixture on the early series of Only Fools as grumpy Grandad Trotter.

The distinguished stage actor was dogged by health problems in the later years of his life and suffered a fatal heart attack in 1984.

As a result, Merryfield’s character of Uncle Albert was drafted in as a replacement.

Kenneth MacDonald -Mike Fisher

Kenneth MacDonald’s foul mouthed barman Mike Fisher was a regular character on the show in the later years of its run.

At the age of 50, MacDonald suffered a fatal heart attack in August 2001 while on holiday with his family.

In accordance with his will, MacDonald wasn’t written out of the show which explained his absence away by saying he was serving five years in prison for embezzlement.

John Challis- Boycie

Actor John Challis, better known as Boycie from Only Fools and Horses.

Veteran actor John Challis has enjoyed considerable opportunities since the show ended in 2003.

The 78-year-old was so popular on the show that he was offered his own spin off show The Green Green Grass from 2005 to 2009.

Recently he has been seen on the long running ITV sitcom Benidorm, playing the recurring role of Monty Staines.

Tessa Peake-Jones -Raquel Turner

Tessa Peake-Jones, of Only Fools And Horses fame
(Image: www.fayethomas.com)

Del Boy’s indomitable wife Raquel was played excruciatingly well by Tessa Peake Jones, who is now 63.

Since 2014, Jones has appeared on our screens in the 1950’s set ITV detective drama Grantchester.

Gwyneth Strong- Cassandra

The famous wedding scene
(Image: BBC)

Gwyneth Strong won the nations hearts for her role as the long suffering wife of Rodney Trotter.

After appearing in the show from 1988 through to its end, Strong, 60, hasn’t struggled to find acting work since the show stopped.

She has appeared on a string of programs and is now a regular on Eastenders playing the role of Geraldine Clough.

Patrick Murray – Mickey Pearce

Patrick Murray, 63, retired from acting and briefly worked as a cab controller in Catford.

In 2018, he was due to take part in a charity bus ride down to Margate in homage to the famous episode but was forced to pull out for health reasons.

Sue Holderness – Marlene Boyce

Sue Holderness attends a memorial service in 2014
(Image: Mirrorpix)

Like her on screen husband John Challis, Sue Holderness, 71, also appeared in The Green Green Grass spin off reprising her ole as Marlene Boyce.

In recent years she has appeared in the 2018 BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours and this year made a guest appearance on Holby City.

The essential TV features for PS5 or Xbox Series X – Polygon

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are here, and the holiday shopping season is upon us as well. People interested in those next-generation consoles may be wondering if they should buy a new TV to go along with their new gaming system (if they can get their hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X or S, that is). After all, Sony and Microsoft have packed their respective consoles with all kinds of forward-looking technology that promises to deliver previously impossible gaming experiences, and some of it relies on cutting-edge TVs.

In particular, both the PS5 and Xbox Series X can take advantage of some of the features baked into HDMI 2.1, the latest iteration of the audio/video port. The advent of HDMI 2.1 brings with it a number of significant improvements over the previous HDMI specification, including dynamic HDR, enhanced audio return channel (eARC), and two gaming-oriented features: auto low-latency mode (ALLM) and variable refresh rate (VRR). (For more details on these elements, see our HDMI 2.1-focused article about the new consoles.)

That all sounds promising, but in our opinion, it may be a good idea to hold off on an upgrade if you were thinking of buying a new TV specifically for the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

The main thing to know about HDMI 2.1 is that it’s very, very new. While there are some TV sets going back as far as 2018 that can support certain HDMI 2.1 features, 2020 is the year in which the port started to make any real inroads into the market. Still, few existing TVs offer HDMI 2.1 ports — and even if they do, support for HDMI 2.1 features is kind of a mess right now. Which, again, is why you might not want to upgrade yet.

a PlayStation 5 sitting horizontally next to an Xbox Series X, photographed on a dark gray background

Photo: Henry Hargreaves for Polygon

Which HDMI 2.1 features do the PS5 and Xbox Series X support?

At launch, the PS5 and Xbox Series X don’t offer the same level of support for the key video features that are part of the HDMI 2.1 specification.

  • 4K/120 fps: Both consoles can play games in 4K resolution at 120 frames per second — double the usual previous-generation maximum of 60 fps — which requires the vastly increased bandwidth that HDMI 2.1 offers. At launch, there are very few games that can deliver 4K120 output; among them are Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition and Dirt 5.

    Backward compatibility on the Xbox Series X can support 120 fps gaming in certain Xbox One titles, such as Gears 5, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Rocket League. This is certainly possible with PS4 games running on PS5, too, but because of the way Sony handles backward compatibility, it will require more work from developers to make it happen.

  • VRR: Right now, only the Xbox Series X supports variable refresh rate, which keeps a game looking smooth even when its frame rate is dropping below a target of 60 fps or 120 fps. It’s a great option for games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which couldn’t initially maintain a 60 fps frame rate on Xbox Series X and suffered from screen tearing (though a scheduled Valhalla patch will add 60 fps support on both consoles). Sony says that it will add VRR to the PS5 with a future firmware update.
  • ALLM: The Xbox Series X supports auto low-latency mode, which automatically puts a TV into game mode when a game is being played. The PS5 does not, and Sony has not commented about any plans to add the feature.

Do I need a TV with HDMI 2.1 for the PS5 and Xbox Series X?

Absolutely not. The only requirement is that your screen has an HDMI port; both consoles can output video in resolutions as low as 480p.

More to the point, HDMI 2.1 support is where things get really fractured and confusing in 2020. And that’s the best argument for waiting until the TV landscape comes into focus before buying a new display.

While the HDMI 2.1 specification covers new features such as ALLM and VRR, it allows device manufacturers to choose which elements they want to support. The baseline of HDMI 2.1 is the increased video fidelity provided by the bandwidth expansion to 48 Gbps. But most of the HDMI 2.1-specific features don’t actually take advantage of that larger pipe, because they’re not bandwidth-dependent items; they simply have to be built into the firmware of a particular device.

In other words: The presence of HDMI 2.1 ports on a new TV doesn’t guarantee that the display supports all of the gaming-specific features you might want to use with your shiny new PS5 or Xbox Series X. This is why two seemingly identical TVs can have price tags hundreds of dollars apart.

That’s not the only pitfall. A serious issue with the Panasonic-made HDMI 2.1 chipset in many new AV receivers is currently causing display problems with 4K/120 Hz content on the Xbox Series X. Sound Design — the parent company of Denon and Marantz — and Yamaha have pledged to fix this issue, but for now, the only workaround is to hook up the console directly to a TV rather than through the affected receivers. (And by the way, here’s a reminder that if you use a receiver to connect your AV equipment, you’ll also need to upgrade it to one that supports HDMI 2.1. It never ends, does it?)

If you absolutely need to upgrade right now, you could go with a cheaper TV that doesn’t have any HDMI 2.1 ports, like the TCL 6 Series. At the moment, the main selling point of HDMI 2.1 — 4K/120 Hz capability — is an unknown quantity with respect to PS5 and Xbox Series X games. A few years down the road, the HDMI 2.1 situation will be more settled in the TV market, and we’ll have a much better idea of how relevant HDMI 2.1 is for gaming.

Get the TCL 6 Series at Best Buy | Walmart

Which TVs are best for the PS5 and Xbox Series X?

Having said all of that, we’re going to present a few picks for HDMI 2.1-equipped 2020 TVs, for those looking to upgrade their screen right now.

The consensus pick for a terrific 4K TV that you can feel secure in buying as a screen to pair with the new consoles is the LG CX. It’s one of the only models on the market right now with a full set of four HDMI 2.1 ports; almost everything else only supports 4K/120 Hz input on one port, meaning that you’d have to keep swapping the HDMI cables from a PS5 and an Xbox Series X if you had both consoles.

The LG CX is a great TV for gaming, with very low input lag, and it supports VRR across a wide range from 40 Hz all the way up to 120 Hz — and that includes G-Sync, in case you want to connect a PC with an Nvidia graphics card. Because it’s an OLED TV, it delivers true blacks for an infinite contrast ratio. One of the downsides of OLED screens is that they can’t get as bright as LED/LCD TVs, so if you’re planning to put your TV in a very bright room, OLED may not be the best choice. And of course, all OLED TVs have a nonzero risk of burn-in.

The CX is on sale at a significant discount for Cyber Monday, with the 55-inch version available for $1,399.99 at Best Buy.

Get the LG CX at Amazon | Best Buy

If OLED isn’t for you, an LCD option in the same price range is the Samsung Q90T. Its picture quality is almost as good as that of the LG CX, with significantly higher peak brightness, and it has lower input lag. But only one of its four HDMI ports supports HDMI 2.1.

The Q90T is on sale at a significant discount for Cyber Monday, with the 55-inch version available for just under $1,300 at both Best Buy and Walmart.

Get the Samsung Q90T at Best Buy | Walmart

The Sony X900H is a solid midrange option, if you’re looking for something around $1,000. It can’t compete with the aforementioned models on overall image quality, but it’s a great TV for gaming, with low input lag. While it has two HDMI 2.1 inputs that can accept 4K/120 Hz content, albeit with some blurring, it doesn’t currently support VRR — Sony says it’s working on a firmware update to add that feature in the future. (Note that the X900H is known as the XH90 in Europe.)

Get the Sony X900H at Best Buy | Walmart

Update (Nov. 30): We’ve updated this article to warn about an HDMI 2.1 issue affecting many new AV receivers.

Why Discounting & Using Udemy Was An Awful Long-Term Strategy


Why Udemy's Discount Culture Is Bad for Growth



Oh boy.

It’s time for me to eat some crow.

And that’s REALLY difficult for me to do because I have a fear of certain birds. 🙂

Anyway…

There are articles all over the Web about why discounting your products is bad.

I ignored them and thought that was odd advice.

Some of you warned me about Udemy.

I ignored that too.

My goal was to make my courses affordable for people to learn, and many of you praised me for that.

But I didn’t really understand the long-term limitations of a pricing structure like Udemy’s.

If you have not launched your product yet and/or are considering Udemy to sell your online courses, please pay attention.

There’s also a podcast for this post. If you’d like to listen, scroll to the bottom.

Constant Discounting Creates a Price Ceiling

The ongoing discount strategy is NOT good for the long run, and it often creates a proverbial ceiling when it comes to what some people will pay.

[clickToTweet tweet=”Offering too-frequent discounts trains people to buy only when there’s a sale.” quote=”Offering too-frequent discounts trains people to buy only when there’s a sale.”]

When a large discount is the #1 motivating factor for purchasing, you attract a lot of people who…

  • Put off starting/completing the course
  • Don’t take action
  • Are less motivated (because they haven’t invested much money)
  • Are more likely to expect a coupon before buying again (This one is HUUUUUGE!)

As a result, you have to sell a lot of cheap products to make worthwhile money, and you often end up with a less engaged student due to the low risk/investment.

Of course this is not ALWAYS the case, but I have a good sample size of Udemy stats to study and the results are clear…

When I opted out of the Udemy promotions last Summer, it was amazing to see the increase in course engagement/completion and how the average ratings improved.

The bottom line is…

[clickToTweet tweet=”Don’t price low. Pack your product with value, and charge what it’s worth.” quote=”Don’t price low. Pack your product with value, and charge what it’s worth.”]

Should You Avoid Udemy?

If you care more about the volume of students, and are not concerned with the amount you earn per sale, then Udemy is fine.

Just understand that your income will largely depend on how much Udemy promotes your course (if you cannot drive sales yourself). And many of your students will never pay more than a certain price.

Notice I didn’t say “ALL” but “MANY.”

There are instructors on Udemy who are doing very well and are happy with their model. So I would never say it’s bad for everyone.

It’s just not for ME anymore, and I won’t be uploading there again.

Even though I’ve opted out of the discounts, there is still an unspoken expectation for what my courses SHOULD sell for because they are on a notoriously discounted platform.

I know this to be true because I’ve gotten messages in my inbox from people begging for coupons.

Begging

One guy was so relentless, I had to block him after the 10th message in a 3 day period.

Another guy criticized me because my courses weren’t part of the promotions.

Oh the NERVE of me for not selling a 3 hour course for 15 bucks! 🙁

I had two emails this morning from someone asking for a coupon.

And when people on Udemy ask for a coupon, they don’t want $5 or $10 off.

They want 75 to 90% off.

I’m Done.

This is exactly why Udemy is a bad choice for people who want to sell courses over a certain amount. That discount expectation is a killer.

They tried to fix this last year with a limited discount structure, but it flopped badly.

Just like JCPenneys discovered when trying something similar, they realized people need to FEEL they’re getting a discount.

Udemy knew they had to change it back so they could keep profits up. It may not benefit all the instructors, but it benefits THEIR bottom line.

So it really doesn’t matter what you price your course if you’re opted in to the discounts.

In most people’s eyes the value is always under $25.

That expectation is always there, and if you don’t offer that, you may look sleazy or like you’re trying to rip someone off.

It doesn’t matter how detailed your course is or that it’s 3 hours long. It “should” be cheap because it’s on Udemy.

Students wait for the next promotion, and it’s typically just a few weeks away.

And who could blame them? Why wouldn’t they wait for a discount? That’s the precedent Udemy set.

I’m just glad we can opt out.

I do get full-price marketplace sales (referred by Udemy) quite often for my affiliate course, but I bet they are from new students who haven’t figured out the “Udemy system” yet.

I also hate how their pricing looks scammy. “Oh, let me price my 30 minute course at $200 when I know it will sell for $20.”

Nope.

When you opt out, YOU control your prices.

Think Long Term When Setting Prices

The decision to start cheap will always hurt my course sales in some way because I set a low price expectation.

So if you want to control how much your course will sell for, you should consider other options like Teachable (where my future courses will be uploaded).

My 2create courses will stay on Udemy (minus the Udemy promos, of course) for now, and existing students will always have access to them even if I stop selling there. It’s part of their terms.

The truth is, only a small percentage of Udemy instructors earn a substantial amount of money selling courses cheap.

If you happen to have a top course in an in-demand niche, you could make five figures per month selling courses at $10 or $15 due to Udemy promoting your course for you.

Just remember that if you rely on Udemy for your sales, a competitor could come along with a better course and Udemy may promote their course over yours.

Many instructors feel trapped and obligated to participate in the Promotions because without them, they would hardly make anything due to the fact the students look for the discounts and they don’t have an audience.

Well I don’t feel obligated at all — even if that means I earn less.

I have no regrets about opting out of the Promotions last year.

I would much rather have 5 students who pay $100 than 100 students who pay $10.

When people invest more into a course, they are far more likely to complete it, act on the content and buy ANOTHER course for the same price or more.

If you attract more students that really NEED your course and not just motivated by a discount, you’ll make more in the long run.

So you have to sell fewer courses to reach your income goals, and you’re getting paid for your work.

“I Can’t Afford That Price!”

So how do you deal with people who complain about price?

If people are used to discounts, no doubt those comments will come. I get this all the time now that I opted out of the Promotions.

You simply explain that you invested a lot of time into creating your product, and your price is set to reflect that.

Why should you disregard the work you put into creating something just because someone doesn’t want to pay?

A higher price will help communicate the value of those who are ready to commit time and money, and drive those away who aren’t.

It’s that simple.

I’m no longer afraid of driving people away like I was before.

It’s about learning to create a product that people NEED and WANT instead of trying to target anyone and everyone by dangling a cheap price in their face.

Private Groups Are Beneficial

Creating a private Facebook group for my Spreadshirt (and future POD T-shirt design students) has been a learning tool for me as a course creator.

It’s helped me learn where I need to improve with structuring my courses.

I am listening to the problems that people have and noticed a common theme with the challenges many of you face that I wouldn’t have picked up on without the group.

I’ve had several A-HA moments! 🙂

This gives me direction with my upcoming 101 print on demand course.

So it’s not just about jacking up your prices. You also have to improve, deliver and give people what they need and want.

It’s a two-way street.

So having a group where you can interact with your potential students is great because you can learn about what they want and where they struggle most.

I will certainly use this info for my future courses.

I’m working hard to ensure the courses are setup for optimal learning and easy implementation.

I have to do my part too.

Quantity Doesn’t Matter

This may be hard to believe, but I don’t care about high enrollment numbers right now.

True Dat!

If I did, I’d still be opted in to the Udemy promotions.

For me, it’s about removing that cheap course expectation and finding the right price point that…

  • reflects value and doesn’t look cheap
  • pays me back for the time invested
  • is affordable

And you know what?

I STILL don’t have the perfect formula for pricing a product. I’m going to be testing and welcome you to share what you’ve learned.

But I can tell you this…

Giving products away for cheap is NOT the answer for me.

If you’ve benefited from my discounts then you might not like this. It might look greedy or that I’ve changed.

Well you’re right.

I have changed.

I’ve learned that it makes no business sense to price below the value for the long run.

As you can see, I’m such a work in progress when it comes to all this selling stuff, but I wanted to share what I’ve learned.

Listen To The Podcast

This topic was so important that I decided to also do a podcast. You can listen below or right-click this link and download the mp3 file here.

How WordPress Exposes Your Admin Username & How to Fix It!


How WordPress Might Reveal Your Login Info



I received an alarming DM from one of my e-buddies, Darren of Small Biz Geek.

This is what it said…

Tweet From Darren

Say whaaaaaaaaat?

Now, I will say this…

I know not to ever use “admin” for my username, and I’m aware of the nickname issue.

What’s the nickname issue, you ask?

Always change your admin nickname to something else, otherwise the name shown with your comments will be your username.

Go into Users from your dashboard, and edit your Admin user account. Make sure you change your nickname to something other than your username.






But I had already done that, so I wasn’t aware of any other username vulnerabilities.

Well there’s another one, and it’s a biggy!

The Byline Might Be Exposing Your Username

Darren figured out my login username for my new site, and he didn’t have to hack the database or go to great lengths to figure it out.

All he did was hover over a link in my author byline.

You might have the same vulnerability on your WordPress site, and there’s a very easy fix.

If you have “By [Name]” in your byline that usually shows up underneath your WordPress title, you might be exposing your admin username.

So I wouldn’t risk exposing anyone’s site that was vulnerable, the byline in the above example is not even hyperlinked, but I just wanted to show an example of what it would look like since I ended up removing my byline altogether.

Anywho…

Hover over that name in your byline. (Not all themes show the byline.)

You will notice it goes to http://yoursite.com/author/[name] 

Whatever you see in the [name] is your login username.

How crazy is it that WordPress has not addressed this yet???? As if WordPress is not vulnerable enough!

And since most of us post using our Admin accounts, this is dangerous. You are basically telling the hackers of the world what your WordPress admin login username is.

So all they have to do is run their script to figure out your password. And if it’s super simple then it’s not hard for them to crack into your account.

For the record, hackers easily crack some passwords by running scripts that attempt to figure them out. They typically start alphabetically and go down the list.

a… aa… aaa… aaab… aaabbb and then they had numbers to the end.

Sounds tedious, right? But here’s the deal…

This is happening at a rate of million of attempts per second because it’s a script, so they can go through the millions of combinations VERY quickly.

It’s not like John (or Jane) 🙂 is sitting at your login screen manually entering each option. This process is totally automated!

Many WP blogs get hacked because they use “admin” as the username and then a super simple password.  That’s why you should always use lowercase, numbers, uppercase and symbols.

If you’re using a password like happy123, then you’re begging to get hacked — especially if your username is exposed in the byline.

For the record, words that can be found in the dictionary are a big no-no — even if you add numbers at the end.

How to Hide Your Username In The Byline

This may seem intimidating at first, but it’s super easy and should only take you about 3-5 minutes.

Darren created a video that explains all this and shows you how to fix the problem. There are also text instructions below.

I would highly recommend you backup your database before making any changes. Pleeeeease!

Text Instructions

If you prefer text instructions, here ya go…

1. Login to your cpanel or hosting account control panel.

2. Go to PHPMyAdmin or whatever database software your host uses. It might just say “Databases.”

Your interface may also look slightly different. I’m on dedicated hosting, and my cpanel just got upgraded. The point is to find phpMyAdmin or your database icon.

phpMyAdmin

You will see your WordPress database name(s) and any other databases you have setup. It should look similar to the image below.

3. Click the name of your database (or the plus sign next to it), and it will expand a list of all the tables inside that database.


database



4. Look for a table called wp_users (or something similar) and click it. This is where all your blog’s users are stored.

This will bring up a table of all the users in your WordPress database.

5. Find your username for your admin account and click Edit.

You should see a field called user_nicename and it will be the same as your login.

This is the culprit and what you should change IMMEDIATELY! Change it to “webmaster” or anything other than your login username.

6. Click “Go” or “Save” and that should be it.

Now if you use the byline on your posts, your username will no longer be displayed in the hyperlink.

It will show the name you just changed it to, which is OK because it’s not tied to any of your login details.

What Is The Purpose of The User_Nicename Field?

In case you’re worried about breaking something with this change, here’s some reassurance.

The user_nicename field was only created to simplify the URL of the author archives.

It’s a slug to make the author post archive link appear “nicer”, hence the name.

So if your username is something funky with symbols and hyphens, then the user_nicename will simplify the author post archive link (URL).

If you change the user_nicename, you are changing the URL of the author’s archives.

The good news is WordPress will automatically make this change dynamically so you won’t have broken links in your bylines.

But if you happen to manually link to all your author posts somewhere else on your site (rare), then you will have to change those links to the new one.

There really is no need for a byline when you have a single-author blog anyway.  If you use Genesis themes like me, you can easily get rid of it by installing The Simple Edits plugin.

What If Your Theme Doesn’t Have a Byline?

This is pretty common today. A byline might not be coded into your particular theme.

However, even if the byline is not displayed, the author URL still exists because it’s part of WordPress’ dynamic code.

So you can still go to http://yoursite.com/author/[admin_username]. But if your theme doesn’t link to your author archives, then it would be nearly impossible to find.

Nevertheless, it still exists if you go to it manually. So I’ll leave that up to you to decide if you are going to change it or not.

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Thank you, Darren for alerting me of this! This is such an important issue so I want to spread the word as you have done on your blog.

I can’t believe I’ve used WordPress all these years and have never come across this info! 😮

Look-a-here, ladies and gents! All WordPress users need to know about this. Please spread the word by tweeting the link below, especially if you have a website that targets bloggers.

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My Income Evolution Online, Personal Growth & More!


My Income Evolution Online



Ya know… it’s been so long since I blogged here, I almost forgot my WordPress password. 🙂

How’s your 2018 been going for you? Mine has been super busy but extremely productive and more profitable than I expected.

So I thought I’d catch you up on lessons I’ve learned with my new site, struggles, personal growth and other insights.

The Golden Ticket

The year started off on a fun note. I received a Golden Ticket and was invited, along with a few other high-volume sellers, to meet with Amazon about the Merch By Amazon (MBA) program!

We had to sign NDAs (Non Disclosure Agreements), but I CAN say that it made me even more proud and excited to be a part of this amazing passive income opportunity.

They even created a shirt design for us that we got to print ourselves!

Golden Ticket

The team was super cool and treated us to a nice dinner with some delicious desserts! We were all pretty vocal about the things we like/didn’t like, suggestions, etc.

I can’t lie…

Before the meetup, certain things about Merch would really frustrate me. But after talking to the team it made realize how hard they’re working to improve on many different fronts.

One thing’s for sure…

These people LOVE THEIR COMPANY. You can see Amazon has a certain standard for the kind of people they hire.

The Merch team is extremely passionate and dedicated to the program, and it was really cool to see their energy and positive outlook on the future of (MBA).

Detour Ahead

Merch By Amazon caused a COMPLETE detour with my business in late 2016. I saw the potential and knew I had to focus on it as soon as I got in.

To date, I’ve sold nearly 10,000 shirts on Amazon alone, and never dreamed T-shirts would be a big part of my income stream.

But I’m actually glad Merch distracted me because I was about to make a BIG mistake by creating the site about selling online courses from your WordPress site.

I was trying to force myself into a niche that I wasn’t really passionate about JUST to have a more focused/niche site.

Bad idea.

I also felt some pressure to start a new site because I really wanted to see what it was like to begin TODAY so I could share more relevant lessons. I was definitely forcing ideas for that reason as well.

Thank you, Amazon, for rescuing me from THAT inevitable failure! 🙂

The PSP Journey Begins

When I launched Passive Shirt Profits in June of last year, I knew that social media wasn’t going to be a big part of my marketing strategy.

That may sound crazy to you in 2018, but if you know me, you already know that social media marketing has NEVER been a strength OR favorite of mine.

As a matter of fact, MARKETING IN GENERAL has never been a strength.

What you need to understand is that being proficient at teaching, making videos, and being admired online doesn’t automatically qualify you as a great Internet marketer who knows how to sell their own products.

All I knew was that I wasn’t going to stress myself out trying to grow another social media account I would probably abandon.

So I decided to start with podcasting. I really wanted to see how much traction I could gain with doing nothing but focusing on that.

I also wanted to challenge the “Be Everywhere” strategy that a lot of newcomers feel they need to adhere to when starting a website.

My goal was to commit to podcasting weekly to see if it would drive people into my courses. I launched my first show in May, 2017.

Sales Were Off To a Great Start!

You may remember that the initial launch for PSP was great.

It was a good decision to offer a bundle package that was priced lower than the total price of all courses individually because most people bought the bundle.

I made more in the first 3 days of launch than I typically made on Udemy in a month (WITHOUT Udemy discounts.)

But let’s be real.

The sales were mostly from people who found out about PSP from THIS site.

The REAL tell would be the results AFTER the initial launch.

Well let me just say that after launch, things were slow.

Veeeeeery slow!

So slow that I wondered if I should keep podcasting.

But the more I did it, the more I enjoyed it so I decided to keep going in spite of doubts creeping up.

It’s funny how I’m always giving you all pep talks about never giving up, and I had to remember and start using my own advice! 🙂

Then in December, things started to slowly turn around.

Suddenly sales went from very sporadic to several per week.

Then in January it was like someone flipped a switch. (I think it had a lot to do with Merch accepting people into the program again.)

So my listeners and email list subscribers who had been waiting to get approved, decided to enroll.

My podcast downloads started increasing and so did my course sales!

podcast traffic

I launch a show every Monday so those are the peaks you see. I think it’s very important to maintain a rhythm with podcasting.

I took a 6 week break between Thanksgiving and the New Year, so that’s why you see the spike on January 8th.

But here’s the cool part….

Thinkific

I recently had my BEST. WEEK. EVER. for the PSP courses, and it was really encouraging to finally have a bit more momentum.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not getting numbers like this all the time, but compared to how things started, I’ll take it!

Also notice…

PSP doesn’t get many comments or social shares.

And if that’s what you view to judge the success of a website, well then you’d see it as a complete failure.

But ironically, it’s converting better with courses than this site did with a larger traffic base!

So yeah, no complaints here!

The lesson?

Don’t get caught up in social shares, traffic and comments. They don’t always equate to more income.

Keep Pushing No Matter What!

Let me tell you. It gets quite discouraging in the early days of building a new site as many of you know!

It was a VERY humbling experience after having instant success with 2 Create a Website.

This site just TOOK OFF like a rocket thanks to Google back in the day, and PSP has been NOTHING like that.

I knew I wasn’t going to have the luxury of building up my search engine traffic to 2,000 visits per day in the first two months like I did with 2Create years ago.

Even though I was prepared for a slow start, it doesn’t mean it was easy to swallow.

It took 8 months for me to really feel like momentum was picking up, and I know many people would have given up LONG before then.

That’s why you have to keep pushing and give it time.

And that’s EXACTLY why I wanted to share this.

I think it’s equally important you hear when things are challenging, and not just when they’re great.

You Don’t Have to Be Everywhere

I know how overwhelming some of you feel when you’re just starting online today.

With Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and so many options to choose from, it can feel like you have a gigantic hill to climb.

But I’m here to tell you to START SMALL.

Most people are never GREAT with every social media site. They typically focus on one or two.

You have to remember, when you see big influencers with 5 and 6-digit followers on multiple sites, usually it’s because they focused on one or two and the other accounts grew because of the success of the initial accounts.

So it’s not like they are spending that much time and energy on every site.

And who cares about the number of followers if you aren’t turning those followers into customers!

Be careful of getting distracted by looking or being popular on social media.

[clickToTweet tweet=”Just because people are clicking LIKE doesn’t mean they will click ‘BUY.’” quote=”Just because people are clicking LIKE doesn’t mean they will also click ‘BUY.’”]

Now THAT’s what I need on a T-shirt! 🙂

So focus on ONE platform that fits your style and audience, and commit yourself to growing that for the next 6 months.

The beauty of concentrating on one strategy is it will very clear if it’s working or not.

Kim George wrote a really good article on follower obsessions, and how to choose your best social platform. I envy her commitment and dedication to social media. I just don’t have it. 🙂

Set Realistic Goals

I was so proud of myself for setting a podcast goal that I stuck to EVERY SINGLE MONDAY until the Holidays. (I did miss one other week due to a death in the family.)

Staying focused is often a challenge for me, but I stuck with podcasting, even when I wasn’t sure it was the best thing to do.

And the great thing about my show is every episode is only 5-10 minutes long. So it only takes me an hour or so to record, edit and publish each episode.

I set a realistic goal for myself that I knew I could meet, and that is so important.

Plus, it feels sooooooo good to know I don’t HAVE to be on every platform. I no longer get social media marketing FOMO (fear of missing out).

For the record, I’m not suggesting that you ignore social media. I believe most people SHOULD consider using it today. This was just a personal decision for ME. I have a unique situation with multiple income sources (some are recurring), so I didn’t feel like social media was something I HAD to do. Having said that, I TOTALLY APPROVE the podcast-only strategy for starting out — especially if you’re in a niche where podcasting is hot.

Just remember, you don’t have to be everywhere. It’s a myth.

What I Need to Work On & My Personal Growth

Even though I feel PSP has earned what I put into it now (effort wise), there’s so much more I COULD be doing to earn even more.

I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished, but I still have a ways to go.

I haven’t setup many marketing funnels, don’t do much with landing pages, my email list, etc.

I am now getting help with those aspects of marketing.

Entrepreneurs who are incredibly successful focus on what they do best and outsource the rest. And I’m JUST now getting comfortable with doing more of that.

I’ve also grown a lot personally and professionally in the last year.

I’ve learned to be comfortable saying “NO” to unreasonable requests and being OK with not pleasing everyone (limiting certain levels of help to students only, no coupon expectations, pricing etc.)

I’ve set boundaries for what I will and won’t do in my business both online AND offline.

Boundaries are something a lot of women entrepreneurs struggle with. Google it. It’s like an epidemic!

Maintaining that boundary without feeling selfish or mean has often been a challenge for me. But I had to do something because things were getting out of balance in my business.

Don’t feel sorry for me. I created that monster by operating in “people pleasing” mode.

I just recorded a podcast on this very subject. Stay tuned.

Diversification Continues

It’s also been incredibly rewarding to create additional income streams. That’s something you HAVE to do as an entrepreneur.

My income sources look a LOT different from when I started online, and thanks to Etsy, PSP and Amazon, I’ve developed some new ones in the last 14 months.

And I have to mention AdSense because I’m always asked about it.

My response to that is…

What’s AdSense? 🙂

Seriously, if I make a $1,000 month, I’m having a good month. Fortunately, I’ve more than replaced those earnings with other income streams.

One thing’s for sure…

If you expect everything to remain the same out here, you’re in the wrong place. The only constant is change!

Three years from now, I might be talking about Merch in past tense and on to something else. That’s just how it goes.

But I’m going to ride this Merch train ’til the wheels fall off! 🙂 And it’s been a fun ride!

Anywho, I just wanted to update you all because it’s been a minute since I blogged.

Let me know what you are up to these days, and I hope your 2018 is going grrrrrreat!! 🙂

Passive Income Shifts & What My Marketing DNA Test Results Revealed


Passive Income Shifts & More Entrepreneur Lessons



Whew!

Life took an unexpected turn in early March, and my focus went from being a full-time entrepreneur to a full-time caretaker.

My dad, who has lived a life with near perfect health, got very sick, very quickly.

He went from being in perfect health on a Friday, March 2nd, to being near death the following Tuesday evening, thanks to a severe kidney infection.

He thought he had the flu. Unfortunately, it was much worse than that.

The infection got into his bloodstream and his body went into septic shock, and every single organ began shutting down one by one.

Before he knew he had the infection, he got dizzy and fell in the bathroom and broke BOTH of his ankles.

Yes… both!

So he cannot put any weight on either leg and is in a wheelchair.

He’s been this way for nearly two months because he had to get clearance for ankle surgery by several different doctors.

As you can imagine, for a man who was very active, this is driving him nuts having to sit all day and be so dependent on family.

He was finally approved for surgery this Wednesday. So hopefully the therapy will begin a few weeks after that and he can get back to walking.

Nevertheless, it all could have been so much worse. I’m just so grateful he is alive and his health is good!

Thank Goodness For The Biz!

In the meantime, I feel very lucky and blessed to have this online business… especially when I’ve needed “time off.”

Most of March was a wash in terms of getting anything done for the biz.

In spite of all that’s been going on, this is shaping up to be one of my best years in some time.

In February, I had a $10K revenue month with Merch By Amazon and over $13K in total print on demand revenue (Amazon, Etsy, RedBubble, Spreadshirt, Zazzle, etc.)

That was the first time my print on demand income surpassed my largest affiliate income source (GoDaddy’s reseller program).

As great as those numbers look, you have to know that Merch By Amazon is far from being a sure thing. I have invested an insane amount of time on this in the last year, and income is up and down like a roller coaster.

So please do not join Merch expecting your income to grow every month. Mine sure hasn’t. As one of my students said, you have to treat Merch as your vacation money and never rely on it! Nevertheless, I’m completely obsessed with this opportunity!

I also just had another record month with my PSP courses.

Course Sign Ups

As you may remember, my main method for promoting my courses is through podcasting.

For the longest time, affiliate income was my primary focus. Now it’s taking a backseat to course income, and this has been a long-time business goal of mine.

For too many years I was relying very heavily on affiliate income, and I wanted to see a shift.

Just Launched a Course? You’re Not Done!

One thing I’ve learned from my students on Passive Shirt Profits is that your work does not end when you launch your courses.

How many of you have ever thought, “If I can just get my course launched then the hardest part will be over.”

WRONG!!!!

That’s actually when the real work begins.

Creating the course videos was the easy part for me.  The bigger and ongoing challenge has been making sure students can execute!

Just because your course is live doesn’t mean it’s optimized for the best learning experience.

Some people get stuck in areas you might breeze through, or we assume certain things are clearer than they truly are.

Typically your first version of the course is going to be your worst, but your student feedback and questions should help you improve it.

Staying In Touch With Students

I tried something new this year with my Merch Course, and it’s really helped myself as a teacher and several students.

I began sending out weekly strategy tips to students, and many of the tips are very personal to my ongoing experiences with Merch By Amazon.

At first I worried about sending too many emails, but the responses have been awesome!

Students who weren’t selling anything are starting to see sales. I started receiving more “success” emails, and a few even began posting testimonials in my private group!

Shout Out

(I blurred out the name since it’s a private group and I didn’t get permission to share the name.)

Then I woke up to this today….

Course Testimonial

I eventually want to do one-on-one coaching/training for Merch due to requests, but I’m not ready yet.

However, this feedback and ongoing correspondence with students is prepping me for that when the time is right.

I may experiment with that once things settle down with my dad.

I Took a Marketing DNA Test

If you’ve ever struggled with how you should be marketing your business or even what kind of work you should be doing online, I’d highly recommend The Marketing DNA Test by Perry Marshall (I am NOT an affiliate.)

It revealed a lot about myself as an entrepreneur AND an online teacher.

It was recommended by one of my followers. (Shout out to Mitch!) I thought it would be fun to take. 🙂

Based on how you answer 15-20 questions, the test gives you guidance on the best methods to market your site.

It also gives you insight into the kind of work you should be doing based on your strengths and weaknesses.

I’ve always known that I’m doing the kind of work that fits me, but I wanted to see if the results aligned with what I believe about myself.

The results revealed that I excel more with right-brained, creative work and I connect with people best through video.
Marketing DNA



It also said I have a way of getting inside my visitor’s heads that is almost “psychic and sometimes a little bit scary.”
Marketing DNA Test



However, I’m NOT so great at analytical work that requires a lot of attention to detail.

I’m also not good with thinking on the spot. I need time to gather my thoughts.


Marketing DNA



That explains why I fall in love with work like writing/blogging, video and T-shirt design creation, but hate overly analytical work.

That also must be why I abandoned my Accounting major in college. 🙂

With SEO, I wonder if that’s why I’d always start off using keyword research software but abandon it after I found a niche.

I could never make myself use it to research every keyword I wanted to write about. I always wanted to follow my gut and common sense.

With Amazon, I have my process I use to find a niche/keywords for Merch. But I spend waaaaaaay more time coming up with my actual shirt ideas and working in Photoshop than I do obsessing over research.

The other reason why these Marketing DNA results were so interesting to me is it made me realize the disconnect that exists between how I learn and operate versus some of my students.

Right-brained people learn differently than left-brained people.

Left brained/analytical people prefer structure when learning. They take notes, like to plan everything out, and need to have all their ducks in a row before uploading/launching anything.

I’m the complete opposite.

I don’t like to do extensive planning and preparation. I’m not a note taker and prefer to jump in and figure it out as I go — even if I know everything is not perfect.

I rely on my gut with a lot of decisions I make, whereas left-brained people use more logic and research before they are comfortable moving forward.

One way is not better than the other, and they both have their pros and cons.

However, as a course creator, I’ve had to learn to focus more on the details and methodical steps for people who prefer that type of learning.

I wouldn’t have been able to improve on that if I hadn’t stayed in touch with my students.

So remember, your course is never, ever complete. It should continue to evolve based on the feedback from your students.

I’ve been selling courses for nearly four years and I’m STILL learning.

Anywho, just thought I’d update you all on what’s going on with me. It’s been an up and down year for sure, but I’m taking it one day at a time.

I hope life is treating you well! 🙂

Why I Removed My 2Create Courses & More Updates!


What Happened to My Courses



Heeeeey everyone! Long time no “see!”

I wanted to update you all on some things since it’s been a while since I’ve posted.

The number one email I’ve received in the last few months has been regarding my 2Create courses. You may have noticed that most of them have been set to “private.”

After my dad got sick in March, I knew I wasn’t going to have time to focus on supporting students for two websites. PSP was my main focus, and I also have a private student group to support.

So I decided to set the 2Create courses to “private” to prevent new students from enrolling.

Then once things returned to normal in my personal life, I had to be honest with myself.

I wasn’t doing much with website building or marketing, other than passively using my podcast to promote PSP courses.

I’m making waaaaay more money selling my T-shirt designs than I am with the actual courses that teach what I’m doing. 

I’ve had about 500 students enroll in my PSP courses. While that’s not bad, it could have been so much better if I did more marketing.

I’ve never been comfortable or efficient with marketing my products. It intimidates me. That’s one business hump I’ve never been able to get over.

I admire people who are diligent with tracking email campaigns and conversions. It all just makes my head spin.

I’d rather make a T-shirt. 🙂

Why The T-Shirt Biz is So Rewarding to Me

For a long time, affiliate marketing and AdSense were my favorite and most rewarding ways to earn online.

However, POD now holds that top spot.

I don’t come from a design background so I’ve had to learn a lot.

When I worked as an HTML Analyst for American Airlines over 10 years ago, my team lead forced us to use Photoshop, but the company provided us ZERO training.

I remember staring at the blank Photoshop interface wondering what the heck I was supposed to do with all those tools and buttons as they stared back at me. 🙂

I never actually learned much about Photoshop until I quit my full-time job in 2006 to work on this site.

Fast forward 12 years later, I’m now using Photoshop and Illustrator to create some very detailed art that I never thought I would be able to do.

To see how far I’ve come, and then to have people buy my designs by the thousands, is incredibly rewarding and slightly addictive. 🙂

It also goes to show anyone can do this regardless of your design background.

I have one T-shirt that has netted over $20,000 in royalties.  Yes, from ONE T-shirt design!

Think Before You Leap

With all the income potential, print on Demand is not for everyone. Just like anything else, don’t get into this just because you are in desperate need of money.

You need the desire to learn the POD business and even something about software if you want to scale your income.

And for long-term success, you should be thinking of building a brand instead of relying on passive traffic and income like I’ve been.

Even if you’re a talented designer, you will quickly learn that’s just the beginning. You also have to understand keywords and find niches to design for.

It’s getting very competitive, so make sure you jump in for the right reasons.

If I’m honest, I was drawn to this venture for the money, but I’ve STAYED because of my love for the work.

When my dad was sick, I was super stressed. I found the creation process to be therapeutic.

A lot of my success has come because of creative ideas that just haven’t been done, and the creative work is what makes this fun for me.

On the flip side, you also have to be prepared for theft. That’s been the biggest disappointment of this whole experience. It’s why I use an alias for my POD accounts, and don’t share much of my work.

As a result of Amazon and other PODs not protecting our work with a wrinkle or watermark, my images have been stolen and re-uploaded to numerous sites.

Things have gotten a little better since using watermarks, wrinkles, etc., but you’re never going to be able to fully protect your work. As long as it’s online, someone will find a way to grab it if they want it. 🙁

I Enrolled in An Art Class

One of my goals for POD is to scan hand-drawn work. Then I could “ink it” (color it) after importing it into Illustrator, but I had to learn to draw first. LOL

Up until now, most of my designs have been created through shapes in software. Believe me. You can do a lot with this. That’s what I teach in my PSP Photoshop course.

Now I’m doing this more with Illustrator as I improve.

However, I wanted to learn how to draw free hand. So I enrolled in an art class.

We’re learning some basic drawing principles and how to shade using graphite, charcoal, and colored pencils.

Here are some cherries I drew with colored pencils. I was pretty proud of this because I was struggling with shading earlier in the semester.






I’m too embarrassed to show my first shading attempt. It was absolutely awful. LOL

So as you can see, I am now knee-deep in learning about drawing and T-shirt design. It has been a nice change of pace.

That’s All For Now

Anywho, I know most of you did not subscribe for all this print on demand stuff.

That’s why I haven’t been blogging much. I didn’t have anything noteworthy to share in this space. However, I wanted to update you on why I took down my 2Create courses since many have asked.

Those who have enrolled can still access them, but I have no plans to enable them for new students any time soon.

I DO plan to make updates for the existing students, however.

By the way, my dad is doing great!

He is walking again, and his ankles are doing well considering how severely he injured them.

Other than some initial stiffness when he first stands up, he’s walking well now! We feel so blessed and lucky he came through all that.

Thanks to all who reached out to inquire about his health. I really appreciate it!

Hope you’re doing well! Drop me a line below and let me know what’s up with you!

Why Discounting & Using Udemy Was An Awful Long-Term Strategy


Why Udemy's Discount Culture Is Bad for Growth



Oh boy.

It’s time for me to eat some crow.

And that’s REALLY difficult for me to do because I have a fear of certain birds. 🙂

Anyway…

There are articles all over the Web about why discounting your products is bad.

I ignored them and thought that was odd advice.

Some of you warned me about Udemy.

I ignored that too.

My goal was to make my courses affordable for people to learn, and many of you praised me for that.

But I didn’t really understand the long-term limitations of a pricing structure like Udemy’s.

If you have not launched your product yet and/or are considering Udemy to sell your online courses, please pay attention.

There’s also a podcast for this post. If you’d like to listen, scroll to the bottom.

Constant Discounting Creates a Price Ceiling

The ongoing discount strategy is NOT good for the long run, and it often creates a proverbial ceiling when it comes to what some people will pay.

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When a large discount is the #1 motivating factor for purchasing, you attract a lot of people who…

  • Put off starting/completing the course
  • Don’t take action
  • Are less motivated (because they haven’t invested much money)
  • Are more likely to expect a coupon before buying again (This one is HUUUUUGE!)

As a result, you have to sell a lot of cheap products to make worthwhile money, and you often end up with a less engaged student due to the low risk/investment.

Of course this is not ALWAYS the case, but I have a good sample size of Udemy stats to study and the results are clear…

When I opted out of the Udemy promotions last Summer, it was amazing to see the increase in course engagement/completion and how the average ratings improved.

The bottom line is…

[clickToTweet tweet=”Don’t price low. Pack your product with value, and charge what it’s worth.” quote=”Don’t price low. Pack your product with value, and charge what it’s worth.”]

Should You Avoid Udemy?

If you care more about the volume of students, and are not concerned with the amount you earn per sale, then Udemy is fine.

Just understand that your income will largely depend on how much Udemy promotes your course (if you cannot drive sales yourself). And many of your students will never pay more than a certain price.

Notice I didn’t say “ALL” but “MANY.”

There are instructors on Udemy who are doing very well and are happy with their model. So I would never say it’s bad for everyone.

It’s just not for ME anymore, and I won’t be uploading there again.

Even though I’ve opted out of the discounts, there is still an unspoken expectation for what my courses SHOULD sell for because they are on a notoriously discounted platform.

I know this to be true because I’ve gotten messages in my inbox from people begging for coupons.

Begging

One guy was so relentless, I had to block him after the 10th message in a 3 day period.

Another guy criticized me because my courses weren’t part of the promotions.

Oh the NERVE of me for not selling a 3 hour course for 15 bucks! 🙁

I had two emails this morning from someone asking for a coupon.

And when people on Udemy ask for a coupon, they don’t want $5 or $10 off.

They want 75 to 90% off.

I’m Done.

This is exactly why Udemy is a bad choice for people who want to sell courses over a certain amount. That discount expectation is a killer.

They tried to fix this last year with a limited discount structure, but it flopped badly.

Just like JCPenneys discovered when trying something similar, they realized people need to FEEL they’re getting a discount.

Udemy knew they had to change it back so they could keep profits up. It may not benefit all the instructors, but it benefits THEIR bottom line.

So it really doesn’t matter what you price your course if you’re opted in to the discounts.

In most people’s eyes the value is always under $25.

That expectation is always there, and if you don’t offer that, you may look sleazy or like you’re trying to rip someone off.

It doesn’t matter how detailed your course is or that it’s 3 hours long. It “should” be cheap because it’s on Udemy.

Students wait for the next promotion, and it’s typically just a few weeks away.

And who could blame them? Why wouldn’t they wait for a discount? That’s the precedent Udemy set.

I’m just glad we can opt out.

I do get full-price marketplace sales (referred by Udemy) quite often for my affiliate course, but I bet they are from new students who haven’t figured out the “Udemy system” yet.

I also hate how their pricing looks scammy. “Oh, let me price my 30 minute course at $200 when I know it will sell for $20.”

Nope.

When you opt out, YOU control your prices.

Think Long Term When Setting Prices

The decision to start cheap will always hurt my course sales in some way because I set a low price expectation.

So if you want to control how much your course will sell for, you should consider other options like Teachable (where my future courses will be uploaded).

My 2create courses will stay on Udemy (minus the Udemy promos, of course) for now, and existing students will always have access to them even if I stop selling there. It’s part of their terms.

The truth is, only a small percentage of Udemy instructors earn a substantial amount of money selling courses cheap.

If you happen to have a top course in an in-demand niche, you could make five figures per month selling courses at $10 or $15 due to Udemy promoting your course for you.

Just remember that if you rely on Udemy for your sales, a competitor could come along with a better course and Udemy may promote their course over yours.

Many instructors feel trapped and obligated to participate in the Promotions because without them, they would hardly make anything due to the fact the students look for the discounts and they don’t have an audience.

Well I don’t feel obligated at all — even if that means I earn less.

I have no regrets about opting out of the Promotions last year.

I would much rather have 5 students who pay $100 than 100 students who pay $10.

When people invest more into a course, they are far more likely to complete it, act on the content and buy ANOTHER course for the same price or more.

If you attract more students that really NEED your course and not just motivated by a discount, you’ll make more in the long run.

So you have to sell fewer courses to reach your income goals, and you’re getting paid for your work.

“I Can’t Afford That Price!”

So how do you deal with people who complain about price?

If people are used to discounts, no doubt those comments will come. I get this all the time now that I opted out of the Promotions.

You simply explain that you invested a lot of time into creating your product, and your price is set to reflect that.

Why should you disregard the work you put into creating something just because someone doesn’t want to pay?

A higher price will help communicate the value of those who are ready to commit time and money, and drive those away who aren’t.

It’s that simple.

I’m no longer afraid of driving people away like I was before.

It’s about learning to create a product that people NEED and WANT instead of trying to target anyone and everyone by dangling a cheap price in their face.

Private Groups Are Beneficial

Creating a private Facebook group for my Spreadshirt (and future POD T-shirt design students) has been a learning tool for me as a course creator.

It’s helped me learn where I need to improve with structuring my courses.

I am listening to the problems that people have and noticed a common theme with the challenges many of you face that I wouldn’t have picked up on without the group.

I’ve had several A-HA moments! 🙂

This gives me direction with my upcoming 101 print on demand course.

So it’s not just about jacking up your prices. You also have to improve, deliver and give people what they need and want.

It’s a two-way street.

So having a group where you can interact with your potential students is great because you can learn about what they want and where they struggle most.

I will certainly use this info for my future courses.

I’m working hard to ensure the courses are setup for optimal learning and easy implementation.

I have to do my part too.

Quantity Doesn’t Matter

This may be hard to believe, but I don’t care about high enrollment numbers right now.

True Dat!

If I did, I’d still be opted in to the Udemy promotions.

For me, it’s about removing that cheap course expectation and finding the right price point that…

  • reflects value and doesn’t look cheap
  • pays me back for the time invested
  • is affordable

And you know what?

I STILL don’t have the perfect formula for pricing a product. I’m going to be testing and welcome you to share what you’ve learned.

But I can tell you this…

Giving products away for cheap is NOT the answer for me.

If you’ve benefited from my discounts then you might not like this. It might look greedy or that I’ve changed.

Well you’re right.

I have changed.

I’ve learned that it makes no business sense to price below the value for the long run.

As you can see, I’m such a work in progress when it comes to all this selling stuff, but I wanted to share what I’ve learned.

Listen To The Podcast

This topic was so important that I decided to also do a podcast. You can listen below or right-click this link and download the mp3 file here.