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Cyber Monday 2013: Deals, sales and free shipping among perks

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(CNN) - If Black Friday crowds were just too much for you - or if the deals weren't enough to satisfy your deal craving - Cyber Monday has arrived.

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Cyber Monday, the Monday after Black Friday when online retailers offer their own blowout deals, has its roots in the old desktop computer and wired internet. The concept is simple: shoppers may return to the office after the Thanksgiving holiday, but their wallets don't.

As access to the Internet has become more expansive and portable, though, the deals tend to never stop. The National Retail Federation says that 8 in 10 retailers will offer special Cyber Monday deals this year.

Laura Harders, the editor of the Beltway Bargain Mom blog, says that being vigilant about the deals will save you the most cash.

"Take advantage of deal sites and online databases that help collect all that information in one place," Harders said. "It really takes the hard work out of it for you.

Those sites include Savings.com and PriceGrabber.com, which both pull coupons and dealers from hundreds of retailers. Meanwhile, retail experts note that because shopping is omnipresent this time of year, the deals tend to not end once Cyber Monday turns into a regular Tuesday.

"Around Dec. 15, a lot of discounts on jewelry, handbags, other apparel items appear," Harders said. "They're trying to clear their inventory and they know consumers are looking to buy all of those gifts."

In addition to the deals, hundreds of retailers will participate in Free Shipping Day on Dec. 18, with most guaranteeing delivery by Christmas day.

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