TODAY   |  December 01, 2013

Where to shop for the best Cyber Monday deals

Get your computers, smartphones and tablets ready -- this Cyber Monday could be the biggest on record. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>> reporter: after black friday scenes like this, you can understand why so many prefer to shop from the comfort of their computers.

>> i would much rather shop online than deal with black friday crowds.

>> the orders go in. you know it's going to be shipped in a timely manner, and you don't have to deal with the hassle.

>> reporter: retailers like target are rolling out the red carpet for cyber monday shoppers.

>> over 100,000 items will be on sale or on special deal at target ko target.com. our offers will go live in the middle of the night . the amount of people that stay up and immediately start purchasing is pretty awesome.

>> reporter: small businesses are also getting some skin in the game.

>> if the customer wants, we can locate a town with a heart, star or house.

>> reporter: a. heirloom is offering a 20% off coupon, a sale that pays off as shoppers search for that perfect personalized gift.

>> cyber monday is the equivalent of one month's worth of orders. we will probably see about one board sold every three minutes. and then with peak activity, one board being sold every 20 seconds.

>> reporter: and all that shopping turns into shipping. fedex is expecting its biggest day ever on monday, 22 million packages. there you go. that's up 11% from just last year. cyber monday keeps delivery men busy, but does it really deliver the deals?

>> cyber monday is worth the wait. i mean, if you're looking for clothing and shoe deals, then cyber monday, even cyber sunday, the day before, is your day to shop. dozens of major retailers are offering sitewide discounts from 20% to 80% off.

>> reporter: a chance for bargain hunters to click their way to big savings. for "today," kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york.