Got your e-wallet open and ready for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale? This year, the American shopping holiday falls on Friday, 23 November, marking the day people officially begin Christmas shopping in the U.S. The following Monday marks Cyber Monday which is perfect for those hunting for amazing deals on electronic merchandise. Similar to China’s Singles Day, the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping bonanza is now a global event, Singapore included.
Also expect to see popular travel sites like Agoda or Expedia dangling mouth-watering discounts or popular online shopping platforms such as Lazada, Qoo10 and Amazon, enticing you with their dazzling offers. Many of the sites will only reveal their exclusive offers and deals on the day itself so it pays to check back regularly on those sites and have your e-shopping cart ready to go.
Travel bugs will have to get ready now to catch the BEST deals. If you are looking for air tickets, accommodation and car rental, look no further, Agoda will be enticing you with juicy offers so keep your eyes peeled for Black Friday.
Another site giving jaw-dropping discounts is Expedia. When the clock strikes 0900 hrs on 23 November, act lightning fast to grab 50% off selected hotels.
And it pays to download Expedia’s app now as there are some exclusive deals and sales only available on the mobile app. You can also earn double member’s rewards points on hotels, flights, car rentals and other activities.
Fashionistas will be thrilled to see fabulous deals on Zalora or Asos while those looking for skincare products, cosmetics or beauty services can enjoy huge savings on Sephora or Vaniday.
Before ‘D’ day arrives, Zalora is already tempting shoppers with early bird discounts of 25% (on selected items only) and if you use Google Pay, you can get an extra 8% off. To avoid disappointment, start loading up your shopping cart now, just in case your favourite item(s) sell out.
Students will be excited to know that they can get an extra 10% off on Asos. Boasting discounts of up to 60% off BIG brands, Asos has also upped the ante by adding new lines of fashion merchandise.
Sephora is offering 15% off for its massive range of beauty products. While the discount is rather modest, you get a free sample for every purchase and if you spend more than $40, delivery is free.
Looking to pamper yourself with a relaxing facial or massage, a fabulous haircut, manicure or pedicure sessions? Vaniday is the one-stop site where you will be spoilt for choice with many merchants offering discounts on Black Friday. Sign up on Vaniday now to get 10% cashback on all bookings.
Before Black Friday arrives, Qoo10’s website already has all kinds of mind-boggling discounts and auctions. From ‘Star Deals’ to ‘Cosmic Coupons’ and ‘$1 Rocket Auction’, your best bet is to start piling up your shopping cart now before it is too late.
Lazada is tempting shoppers with crazy discounts of up to 80% off on selected items, you should be downloading the $40 vouchers asap. LIVEUP members can also get free delivery and enjoy up to 8% rebate (for Citibank Credit card holders only).
If you pay using HSBC credit cards, you get $12 off with a minimum spend of $90 (applicable only on the app).
Amazon, possibly the ‘Mother’ of all online shopping sites, has yet to reveal any offers. Come Black Friday and Cyber Monday however, expect to see showers of huge discounts so bookmark the site or have it open and ready on your browser.
Courts just know Singaporeans so well. To satisfy our ‘kiasuness’, it has started the ‘Pre Black Friday Shopping Carnival’. For the first 100 customers daily, use the promo code - BLACK23 to get 23% off sitewide. On top of that, snag great deals on its ‘Time Sales’ and get free gifts with purchases.
Harvey Norman is also going all out to woo customers. Sign up for its free e-newsletter to get a $10 online shopping voucher. Enjoy awesome deals as the store is celebrating its 17th anniversary in Singapore so keep your eyes peeled for the 24 Bonus Flash Deals everyday from 23-26 November.
Citibank credit card holders get $20 off (with a minimum spend of $900 for existing customers) and $10 off (with a minimum spend of $50 for new customers).
And to sweeten the deal, you can enjoy even more savings in the form of rebates or discounts if you use the right credit card and promo codes.
To make the most out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it pays to do some homework.
Make a wishlist of what you would like to buy, do your research online then add the items in your shopping cart so you can check out the item(s) faster, in case they sell out. Fastest fingers first!
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