1. Singles Day Sales
Falling on November 11, the 11.11 sale is also known as the Singles’ Day sales. Created by Chinese conglomerate Alibaba in 2008, the event is a bonanza that cannot be missed.
In fact, the same Taobao aficionado we mentioned earlier has shared that the 11.11 event is the best time, among all the other Chinese shopping events, to cash in on the deals.
The Straits Times also reported that the 24-hour event generates over S$33 billion in revenue and has expanded beyond China and into Singapore and the regional market.
Moreover, local brick-and-mortar and e-tailers, ranging from Love, Bonito and RedMart to Lazada and Zalora, will launch deals and discounts as well. Definitely a date you cannot miss.
2. Black Friday Sales
Started in the United States of America (USA), Black Friday is held the day after Thanksgiving that falls on the fourth Thursday of November.
It is said to mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On Black Friday, brick-and-mortar retailers will provide extensive one-day-only deals that are so enticing that people will start queueing outside the store in advance just to get a head start over the others.
For example, The Straits Times reported that the first person in queue for last year’s Black Friday sale at the Robinsons The Heeren department store started queueing on Thursday from 6am. The perk? iPhones (XR, XS and XS Max models) and iPads were given out to the first few shoppers who hit a certain amount spent.
Other retailers such as Metro, Courts, Tangs and Sephora usually offer jaw-dropping deals as well, and Black Friday sales have also extended to e-commerce sites.
3. Cyber Monday Sales
Another event that was started in the US, Cyber Monday is a continuation from Black Friday and happens on the Monday after.
Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday specifically, as the name implies, refers to online retailers only. The shopping event was created in response to the growing e-commerce business, and Singaporean e-tailers have also jumped onboard this lucrative trend.
This means you can expect promotions with online-only brands such as Lazada, Shopee and ASOS, for example.
On the other hand, brands with both physical and online presence, such as Sephora and Guardian, would push special online shopping deals that wouldn’t be applicable at their brick-and-mortar stores.
4. 12.12 Sales
Following the spectacular success of the 11.11 sales, the 12.12 sales was created by Taobao to help smaller merchants who weren’t able to capitalise on the Singles’ Day event, according to the ecommercechinaagency.com.
While it remains smaller in scale compared to its November counterpart, many merchants including Lazada and Shopback have also joined in the shopping event with their own deals and promotions.
5. Christmas Sales
Much like Chinese New Year, the deals created in the lead-up to Christmas are to entice shoppers who are looking to score great gifts at an even better value.
During this period, many shopping malls would extend their opening hours while throwing in complimentary gift wrapping services, on top of the shopping deals and discounts. In addition, many brands would create gift sets of their bestselling items.
These sets would be going at a lower price than if you had purchased the items individually, so it would be irresistible not to purchase them. For e-tailers, there’d usually be promotions and bundle-deals as well.
6. Boxing Day Sales
What happens to the excess stock that retailers have prepped to meet the Christmas shopping surge?
Well, they’ll most likely be sold at a fraction of its price with discounts and deals on Boxing Day, which happens on the day after Christmas on December 26.
If you’ve been eyeing to get something before Christmas but are not in too big a hurry, it can often pay off to wait till Boxing Day to score it at a better value. However, hot items might sell out before/during Christmas so you’ll have to weigh your options.
7. Shopback ShopFest
What makes scoring a great deal even better? The ability to get rebates from your spending at the same time. This is where cashback reward program Shopback comes in.
Since 2018, Shopback has created the Shopback ShopFest in the final quarter of the year, which happens in the lead up to 9/9 Rewards Day on Sept 9 and 10/10 Perfect 10 sale on Oct 10, as well as 11.11 and 12.12.
Besides helping shoppers get the best deals from its partners — which includes over 500 merchants such as Taobao, Lazada and Qoo10 — Shopback will also introduce greater cashback value for limited periods. This event is especially helpful for those who are daunted by the sheer volume of promotions during the many year-end sales and those looking to get higher value for shopping.