Cyber Monday: Find a deal, place a bid

Online shopping tips — including some from CL's Holiday Auction.

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Check out the list of amazing deals at, from concert tickets to special chefs' dinners to spa treatments.

For the tech-minded, there's a $1,000 gift certificate from Infinity Technology Solutions, which provides IT services to small and medium-sized businesses.

If you're doing some online shopping for the perfect date, place a bid on the offer of a six-month select membership from Tampa Bay Match Makers.

Or if you're a digital whiz shopping for an analog friend, how about giving a Vinyl Shopping Spree with CL's music editor — a gift which includes two records each from Daddy Kool, Bananas and Mojo Books & Music.

Lots more possibilities at — place a bid on Cyber Monday (if not before) and then keep checking back to make sure you haven't been outbid. The auction concludes Dec. 14; all proceeds benefit The Children's Home.

If you're hoping to do all of your holiday shopping with a few clicks of the keyboard, Cyber Monday's for you.

“I think it’s still kind of an undercover nerd thing,” retail veteran Lauren Copeland told CL's Joe Bardi in a story that ran in the Nov. 24 print edition of CL. “You’re going to get better deals, you’re not going to have to deal with the crowd, you’re not going to have to find parking. You can be in your pajamas at home sipping coffee shopping on Cyber Monday.”

For the inside scoop, Lauren suggests checking out, a clearinghouse of all the best deals online nationally and from local merchants. Lauren says she’s addicted, but seeing as she also scored a 47-inch Vizio TV for about $350 last Cyber Monday, it’s an addiction that actually pays her back.

And here's another way to spend your cyber shopping time on Monday: Score some great deals and help a good cause by bidding in Creative Loafing's Online Holiday Auction for the benefit of The Children's Home.

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