As far as online shopping platforms go, Ezbuy is as good a choice as any.
Founded in 2010, the Singapore-based e-commerce marketplace has reinvented itself as a vibrant shopping platform attracting 1.6 million visitors monthly.
In case you’re looking for yet another platform to indulge your online shopping (no judging, really), here’s an all-in-one guide that tells you all you need to know about Ezbuy.
What is Ezbuy and what can you buy?
Ezbuy is an online marketplace for lifestyle and household products. You’ll find everything from clothing and fashion, shoes, bags and accessories, to office accessories and equipment, furniture and household items, groceries and health, fitness and beauty products.
In the beginning, the company focused exclusively on products from the vibrant Chinese online marketplace, popularised by Taobao.
Nowadays, Ezbuy has pivoted away from mainly focussing on the Chinese e-commerce sector to branch into local and regional specialities. Although the main draw is still cheap buys coming directly from Chinese manufacturers and distributors, the company has switched its business model to include local products as well as specialities from the USA, Korea, and Taiwan.
How does Ezbuy work?
There are three main ways you can buy from Ezbuy.
First, browse the items listed on the website, pay for them and have your items shipped to you — just like any other online store. This is ideal if you’re into some casual shopping and can accept that with cheap prices come occasional hiccups.
However, if you’re looking to buy multiple items that are likely to incur expensive shipping charges, such as say furniture and items for a home makeover, then you may want to make use of ezShop, the company’s concierge shopping service.
The concept is simple enough. Just tell Ezbuy what you want to buy, and they will buy it and ship it over to you. You can shop from sellers in Taiwan, China or the USA.
While ezShop promotes itself on convenience and peace of mind, the biggest benefit is its reduced shipping costs, which are advertised from as low as $0.60/500gm. This is possible because of services like repacking and parcel consolidation to pare down shipping charges as much as possible. In the process, Ezbuy also offers to inspect your purchases.
A similar service is ezShip, which is basically a shipping forwarding service that you can use to buy your favourite Chinese products from sellers that do not ship to Singapore at present. Sign up for ezShip to receive a China shipping address, which you can use to buy from vendors in China. ezShip will then deliver your purchases to Singapore for a fee. Pretty cool, right?
What should you look out for when shopping on Ezbuy?
Same products, different prices
You may have noticed that there are many similar products listed on the site, at prices that vary, sometimes to quite a large degree. This is probably due to different vendors getting their products from the same supplier but listing them at different prices as separate sellers.
So, you might want to browse around a little more when buying from the site, instead of impulse-buying the first listing you see for the product you want. Hunting down the best bargain for that bedside night light is part of the fun, right?
What is Prime membership?
Ezbuy offers Prime membership that promises flat rate shipping at just $2.99, no matter the weight, size and quantity of your order. This is ideal for those who make regular orders from overseas. However, it may not be an automatic money-saver for everyone.
Why? Because Prime membership is a subscription service that costs $99 for 12 months or $69 for 6 months. There’s also a trial option that costs $9.90 for 5 days, which you can use to test out if Prime will really save you all that much on shipping costs in your particular case.
How long does delivery take to Singapore?
|Origin||Duration (working days)|
|China (Shanghai/Guangzhou)||Air: 3 to 4, 4 to 8 or 6 to 9|
Sea: 8 to 15
|Taiwan||4 to 7|
|USA||Standard: 4 to 6|
Economy: 8 to 11
|Korea (beta)||4 to 9|
For the most part, Ezbuy delivery standards are on par with most other logistics providers. While they may not be the fastest, they make up for it by offering low shipping rates.
Like its peers, Ezbuy is also affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic, and customers should expect deliveries to take slightly longer than usual.
Remember to collect your eCoins
Ezbuy has a rather quirky reward system in the form of eCoins, which are offered to all customers on a daily basis.
To collect them, all you have to do is to check in on the website or app. You’ll receive a small amount of eCoins per day, and more during promotions. You can use these eCoins to play a daily jackpot with rewards ranging from vouchers, featured products or more eCoins.
Do remember that your eCoins are not permanent. All eCoins collected throughout the year expire on 31 March of the following year. If that happens, your eCoin count is reset to zero.
Ezbuy promo codes for discounts and savings
We’ve rounded up some of the latest ezbuy discount and promo codes. Use them to get even more value out of your shopping.
|Enter code||Savings you’ll receive||Validity|
|10OFF80||$10 off with min spend of $80|
Only for Standard Chartered cardholders
|Until 31 May 2020|
(code changes weekly, check here for updates)
|$10 off min spend of $100, limited to first 200 redemptions every Wednesday|
Only for HSBC cardholders
|May and Jun 2020|
|EZMAY5||Get $5 off sitewide with min spend of $60|
Only for Singtel DASH members
|Until 31 May 2020|
|EZBUY5OFF25 (for new customers)|
EZBUY5OFF35 (for existing customers)
|Get $5 off your first meal at GRAIN with min spend of $25|
Get $5 off off your meal at GRAIN with min spend of $35
|Until 31 Oct 2020|
|EZBUY10SG||Get 10% off Singapore activities with KKDay, no min spend required.||Book by 31 Sep 2020|
Travel by 31 Dec 2020
|EZBUY10||Get 10% off all flower boxes at www.TheBudBoxSG.com, no min spend required.||Till 31 Dec 2021|
10OFF80: Enjoy $10 off with Standard Chartered credit cards
Standard Chartered cardholders can enjoy $10 off with minimum purchase of $80 at Ezbuy from now till end May 2020. To enjoy the offer, simply enter the code 10OFF80 while checking out with a Standard Chartered credit card.
We recommend maximising your savings by pairing your purchase with the Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card, which gives you 2% cashback on all online spends. Apply now and enjoy Apple prizes worth up to $299!
HSBC10: Enjoy $10 off with HSBC credit cards every Wednesday
If you have an HSBC credit card, every Wednesday could be your lucky day. You can enjoy $10 off with a minimum spend of $100 at Ezbuy. But only if you’re the first 200 shoppers to check out (read: Tuesday midnight shopping sprees!).
You’ll need to enter the promo code for the week while paying with your HSBC credit card. Codes change weekly, so be sure to check the Ezbuy page for the correct code.
Don’t forget to pay with the HSBC Revolution credit card to earn 2 miles per dollar on your Ezbuy shopping spree.
EZMAY5: Enjoy $5 off sitewide with Singtel Dash
Spend a minimum of $60 and pay with Singtel Dash to enjoy $5 off your purchase, sitewide. With an impressive array of products on offer, you’ll be sure to find plenty of chances to enjoy the discount.
Offer valid only till end of May 2020!
EZBUY5OFF25/35: Enjoy $5 off GRAIN meals
Besides discounts on its own website, Ezbuy has also partnered other vendors to offer savings.
Hungry for a protein bowl from GRAIN? Enter EZBUY5OFF25 and enjoy $5 off your first meal when you spend at least $25. For returning customers, enjoy $5 off your meal with a minimum spend of $35. Simply enter EZBUY5OFF35 at checkout.
These promos are valid only for meals on demand at www.grain.com.sg/eat.
EZBUY10SG: Enjoy 10% off Singapore Activities at KKDAY
If you’re planning to start going out once the Circuit Breaker is lifted, here’s a deal that will sweeten things further.
Use EZBUY10SG and enjoy 10% off on all Singapore attractions and activities on travel portal KKDAY. The best part? There’s no minimum amount. Offer is valid for bookings by 31 Sep 2020, and for use by 31 Dec 2020.
EZBUY10: Enjoy 10% off at TheBudBoxSG.com
Want to cheer up your friends and loved ones fighting to stay sane in the post-COVID-19 world? Why not send them some flowers?
Use the code EZBUY10 and enjoy 10% off on all flower boxes at local florist TheBudBoxSG.com. With no minimum spend required and new designs every day, this is one happy promotion. Offer valid till 31 Dec 2021.
Looking to save more on your Ezbuy order? Simply get the right shopping credit card and you can stack credit card savings on top of your promo code.
Find the perfect shopping credit card for your lifestyle with SingSaver’s simple comparison tool today. You might just stand to get rewarded with cash* or Apple AirPods* when you successfully apply for selected credit cards through SingSaver.
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By Alevin Chan
An ex-Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.