Cyber Monday is November 28 and RV boondockers can find plenty of deals. Camping World has a sale on right now that includes ultra-quiet Honda generators for $699 “while supplies last.” Shipping is also free on some items, including the Flo-jet macerator pump, with no minimum order. Because travel and mail are not a marriage made in heaven, the trick for RVers trying to secure a Cyber Monday or other holiday-season deal is to have a shipping location lined up first.
Cyber Monday for RVers: Figure out how the goods will ship and where they’re going
These are your main options:
- Arrange with a UPS or FedEx store to have your parcel shipped there. This, of course, is only good for items sent by those couriers. The stores will typically hold onto goods for 48 hours, so make sure you have Internet access to feverishly hit “reload” on your tracking page. A small per-item fee may be charged.
- In Quartzsite, Quiet Times store at 90 E. Main will also take a parcel in for you for a very nominal fee. Call 928-927-8081for the latest instructions.
- Recruit a friend or family member somewhere along your route. No fees, and you get to see your friend or family members for an extra bonus.
- For smaller items, do the math on whether it would be worthwhile sending items to your mail forwarding service for retrieval at your leisure.
- Camp at a campground, but make sure it’s one that will accept parcels for you. Of course, camping at commercial campgrounds could well negate any Cyber Monday savings. It’s also not boondocking.
Amazon.com has Cyber Monday deals for RVers and boondockers
Amazon.com is also a good source for Cyber Monday deals that might interest travelers. In 2011, the online retailer is about to launch into week two of a four-stage “deals” jag. Some of the items that have popped up in the “lightning deals” stream have included a Garmin GPS unit, a Wave 8 catalytic heater (too powerful for small RVs but not overkill for a large Class A), and a Swiss army knife.
To find Cyber Monday deals, click the small “Today’s Deals” link towards the top of the Amazon.com home page. Click the “Cyber Monday Deals Week” link and see a stream of items that are deeply discounted. Some are already available and you can join a wait list if they’re snapped up; electronics in particular go fast. Others show when they will become available.
No guarantees what goes on sale, Cyber Monday for RVers is a watch-and-wait game
If something interests you, sit in front of the computer and wait for the clock to wind down to zero; a “buy” button will appear. Pounce on it and hope for the best. If you get the deal, you have 15 minutes to buy and pay, so make sure your shipping ducks are in a row. If you don’t, keep an eye out until the deal expires because you might end up being offered the item later.
There is no knowing what goes on sale so, if you have something in mind, keep an eye out and check as often as you can, daily. New items are added throughout the day.
This Cyber Monday event goes on all week, and there will be “Holiday Flurry” deals from December 3 to 10, and “Top Holiday Deals” from December 11 through 23.
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