Sa-le-brate the end of 2020 with shopping events that offer discounts too good to be missed.
The season of epic shopping is here — again! Starting in early-October and lasting till end-December, these online shopping events offer massive discounts across categories. So, if you are thinking of crossing out your Christmas gifting list or looking at items to spruce up the house for the New Year, this is the time to start.
Wondering when is the best time to cart out your items? Here’s a comprehensive guide to all 7 online shopping events.
Bonus trivia: We bring you the stories behind each shopping event and how they got coined.
|Sale event||Date||Websites to visit|
|10.10 Perfect Sale||Saturday, 10 October 2020||China and Singapore-based websites|
|Amazon Prime Day||Tuesday to Wednesday, 13 to 14 October 2020||Amazon|
|11.11 Singles’ Day||Wednesday, 11 November 2020||China and Singapore-based websites|
|Black Friday||Friday, 27 November 2020||US or UK-based websites|
|Cyber Monday||Monday, 30 November 2020||US or UK-based websites|
|12.12 Sale||Saturday, 12 December 2020||China and Singapore-based websites|
|Boxing Day||Saturday, 26 December 2020||US or UK-based websites|
10.10 Perfect Sale
Setting the tone for year-end online shopping deals is the 10.10 Perfect Sale. Perfect Sale? Yes, it got its (slightly cheesy) name because the Chinese believe that the number 10 represents wholeness and perfection. During this sale, you can expect discounts of up to 80% off on household, fashion, pets and beauty items. Apart from that, some sites are also offering extra cashback during this sale.
Amazon Prime Day
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, 13 and 14 November 2020
Websites to visit: Amazon
If you’ve missed out on the 10.10 Perfect Sale, not to worry, there’s Amazon Prime Day to save your shopping blues. This year, it will feature thousands of deals and promotions from daily necessities to holiday gifts, from local and international brands like Acer, BOSE, Braun, Muji, Skip Hop, Sonos, Happyganics and Porcelain Skin.
But that’s not all, there are also daily deals that offer discounts of up to 44% leading up to Amazon Prime Day. Here’s what you can look forward to from now till 12 October 2020:
- 9 and 10 October: Save up to 35% on select Consumer Electronics
- 11 and 12 October: Save up to 40% on select Beauty, Health, Household and Personal Care appliances
- From now until 12 October 2020:
- Save up to 44% across headphones, speakers and wearable technology
- Save up to 30% on Home and Kitchen
- Save up to 30% on for two or more on selected video game titles
- Save 20% on Bestsellers in Books
- Spend S$80 and get S$20 off on selected baby, beauty and personal care essentials
Note: These attractive discounts are extended to Amazon Prime members only, membership starts from just $2.99/month.
11.11 Singles’ Day
Missed out on 10.10’s Perfect Sale? Well, there’s the 11.11 Singles’ Day sale which is currently the world’s biggest online shopping extravaganza. First made popular in China by Chinese e-Commerce giant Alibaba, you can expect major price slashes of up to 90% across all product categories, especially on items from China-based eCommerce stores.
Date: Friday, 27 November 2020
Websites to visit: US or UK-based websites like Shopbop, ASOS, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, Net-a-Porter, BookDepository, etc.
While 11.11 Singles’ Day kick-starts the year-end shopping events, Black Friday heralds the beginning of Christmas holiday shopping. An annual sale that takes place on the Friday following Thanksgiving, it was once only held at brick and mortar stores in western countries, but has since found itself online and in Asia.
Apart from the usual suspects like Qoo10 and Lazada, expect US and UK brands (e.g. Calvin Klein, Coach, Nike, SuperDry, etc.) to offer massive markdowns and flash sales for the day itself, and over the weekend.
Pro-tip: To get exclusive dibs or preview of the sale, subscribe to a brand or website’s newsletter or membership at least a week prior to Black Friday as they will start releasing teasers a few days before.
Can you believe that Cyber Monday was actually created by retail stores to encourage consumers to shop online? Similar to Black Friday, you can expect a wide range of items of sale — from perfume to power tools and apparel. In recent years, many retailers and eCommerce sites have combined Black Friday and Cyber Monday into an epic weekend sale. Yes, 4 glorious days of shopping!
Pro-tip: When Cyber Monday comes around and if you have been holding out on certain items for Christmas gifting (hoping their price will drop further), you should really just cart out to prevent unwanted festive panic. Taking into account possible confirmation and delivery delays due to the influx of orders over the Black Friday weekend, your Cyber Monday package will most likely only reach you sometime mid-December. This leaves you just enough time to wrap and gift them to your loved ones.
Similar to 11.11, 12.12 is another eCommerce sale started by Alibaba. You can expect major price slashes of up to 80% across product categories, especially on items that are shipped from China. It may be good to note that as this is the last sale before Christmas, you should really tap on it for any outstanding gifts (just make sure to pick the quicker delivery option when making payment).
Date: Saturday, 26 December 2020
Websites to visit: US or UK-based websites like Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, etc. Singapore-based websites like Qoo10, Shopee or Lazada.
The story goes that this day got its name because masters used to present a box of gifts to their servants and give them the day off. While Boxing Day is still observed as a holiday in Britain, it has become a day for most brands to hold yet another sale (to clear what is leftover from their Christmas collection)!
Pro-tip: The last sale of the year, and your final chance to get yourself new clothes and household items in preparation for Chinese New Year (12 and 13 February 2021)!
Earn more by shopping online with the right credit card
Apart from saving on the year-end sale for holiday gifts or a little treat yo’self, you can make your purchases work harder for you (and even earn air miles or cashback rewards) if you shop with the right credit card!
Citi Rewards Visa card
The Citi Rewards Visa offers 4 mpd (miles per dollar) on the first $1,000 spent on online or offline shopping, in Singapore and overseas each month. As Citibank’s T&Cs define shopping as any expenditure at stores which sell bags, shoes, or clothes, or department stores, you can use the Citi Rewards card to earn 4 mpd at popular online merchants like Amazon, Lazada, Qoo10 and Taobao.
OCBC Titanium Rewards card
This card gives you 10x OCBC points or 4 mpd for every $1 spent (capped at $12,000 per year), whether you’re shopping online or at brick-and-mortar stores, in Singapore or anywhere in the world. There’s also no minimum spend required on the OCBC Titanium Rewards card, so you can start earning bonus points from the first dollar onwards. Not to mention, your purchases are protected by an online price guarantee and e-commerce protection, handy in the case of disputes.
Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback card
The Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Card is a no-brainer when it comes to making your purchases work harder for you. Almost all spend qualifies you for 1.5% cashback without any caps or minimum spend required to qualify for the cashback. And the best part? You can get instant digital credit card approval and issuance if you apply via MyInfo!
DBS Woman’s World card
This DBS credit card rewards you 4 mpd for all your online spending (capped at the first $2,000 online spend each month). Think air ticket purchases, Grab or Go-Jek rides, movie ticket purchases, attraction tickets and food delivery. Not to mention, you could also use it for your regular online shopping at Amazon, Lazada, Qoo10 and Shopee. That being said, there are still some exclusions.
Earns 3 mpd on online shopping and GOJEK/Grab rides, provided you spend at least $500 on SIA-related transactions in a year. Just a note, converting your points to miles takes a little longer as compared to other cards.
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