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Be sure to do your homework, cyber shoppers

An Amazon.com worker selects merchandise thwas ordered online.  |  FILE PHOTO

An Amazon.com worker selects merchandise that was ordered online. | FILE PHOTO

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Updated: May 3, 2013 12:14PM



Only five years after the name "Cyber Monday" was coined, it has come to symbolize an online shopping binge -- mostly done from workplace computers. By last year, more than 96 million Americans shopped online during Cyber Monday -- and this year is expected to beat last year's record.

Online retailers have already sprung into action, and this year the idea of waiting until Monday to do your holiday shopping is almost a laugh. Your email in-box has likely been deluged with 50-percent-off offers and special deals from retailers, starting on Thanksgiving eve.

There are two keys to successful online shopping. The first is knowing exactly what you want, so you can compare prices. The second is knowing how to get all the discounts, coupons and deals that can lead to the lowest price.

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