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Cyber Monday Helps Consumers Beat Crowds But Not Identity Theft

Cyber Monday Helps Consumers Beat Crowds But Not Identity Theft

Airdate: 11/26/2012

After the chaos, crowds, and even violence of Black Friday, when people fought each other over the best deals in crowded stores, now, comes Cyber Monday, when shoppers are expected to spend $1.5 billion online.

At Macy’s in New York, there were shoppers everywhere. But, believe it or not, they're not the ones did most of the buying today. That's because it is Cyber Monday—the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Amazon added 50,000 seasonal workers to ship products bought on Cyber Monday from huge warehouses like one in Phoenix, Arizona, the largest of Amazon's 40 fulfillment centers around the country.

Diana Alvear from Today reported from the warehouse. "When I say big this place is big, it is 28 football fields equivalent of," said Alvear.

CNBC Business reporter Courtney Reagan says the key to finding the best online deals is the SKU number that identifies every product in every store.

“If you see a product you like, copy down the SKU number, that way you can compare it more easily online, whether it is on your tablet device, mobile, or right there on your PC,” said Reagan.

Here are some of the deals INSIDE EDITION found this Cyber Monday:

At Wal-Mart, a flat screen TV, normally $349, is $189.

At Best Buy, a Toshiba laptop, normally $849, is just $400.

A Bowflex home gym normally $1,299, is just $499.  

Online shoppers don't have to worry about ugly scenes like those on Black Friday, but there are other concerns like identity theft and internet fraud.

Here's how you can shop online in safety. Retail expert Hitha Prabhakar told INSIDE EDITION, "Go to a big retailers website—those are probably going to be the most safe for consumers."

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