The 11.11 sale is happening soon and you can expect plenty of deals and discounts in the period leading up to the actual sale day. 11.11 or Singles' Day sale was started and popularised by Alibaba in 2009 and sales volume have exceeded that of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US.
While it was only popular amongst the Chinese in the beginning, Singles' Day has become a global trend with many international retailers vying for a slice of the pie. Being at the heart of Southeast Asia, we have ready shopping access not only from Alibaba, but also from the likes of Shopee and Lazada.
But hang on! While you're doing your online shopping and making payments, you should be aware of some of these credit card promotions that can get you extra rebates. We've summed up some of the best 11.11 sales that you should absolutely keep a lookout for, and offer some tips for you to get the most bang for your buck.
Shopee has started their sale since 22 October and there are different categories of items that are on sale every day. Be sure to check out their event calendar because the shoes, the furniture, or electronics you've been eyeing will have extra cashback and free shipping on certain days!
You'll also be able to play their in-app games to earn coins that can offset your purchases. And on 11.11 itself, there will be flash sales throughout the day, $11 Lucky boxes, and also $1 Deals up for grabs. Fortune favours those who make an effort.
11.11 Credit Card Promotions:
Throughout the sale period, you'll also get a $6 rebate if you make payment with a UOB, Citibank, or OCBC card, with minimum spending of $50. On 11.11, the rebate for these cards will be even bigger, so keep a lookout for that.
If you haven't got one of these cards, consider getting the UOB One Card (up to 5% cashback on online shopping) to earn cashback. Take note that you'll have to spend $500, $1,000, or $2,000 per month for 3 consecutive months in order to clock the cashback.
Or if you'd like to earn miles, the Citi Premiermiles (1.2 to 1.5 MPD on local spend) and the OCBC 90°N (1.2 MPD on local spend) miles card are worth considering.
The sale period for Lazada starts from 1 November and runs all the way to 11.11, when the biggest discounts and deals are up for grabs. To grab some of the sale items, you'll have to place a deposit between 1 to 10 November in order to check out on Singles' Day itself.
Apart from those limited items, you can expect plenty of flash sales and branded surprise boxes that goes from $11 onwards, starting 1 November. Like Shopee, you can also participate in the in-app mobile games to earn coins that are redeemable for discounts.
11.11 Credit Card Promotions:
One thing you must absolutely do is to log in at 9AM on 11 November to collect the bank discount vouchers. We're looking at $30 off $200 for Citibank cards and others (DBS, Standard Chartered, HSBC, UOB, Maybank). That's a 15% rebate, and it applies on top of other merchant and Lazada discount vouchers!
Right on Alibaba's TMall itself, there are huge 11.11 discounts on branded apparels, electronics, and even furniture. The downside of shopping on TMall is the hassle of checking out and shipping, but the savings can be worth your while.
If that sounds too troublesome for you, fret not, you can shop for some of these TMall and Taobao items, in English, through Lazada. Of course, there'll be a slight premium for the same item compared to if you were to shop on the Chinese site but they'll certainly be some of the cheapest around.
Other brands and deals
Lenovo 11.11 sale
If you're looking for laptops, computers, tablets, and accessories, why not check out Lenovo's 1-day sale. There are no mentions of the expected deals and rebates yet, so check back here again.
The IKEA 11.11 event
From 1 to 11 November, IKEA has an in-store and online sale where different categories of products go at 20% off each day! Find something for your living room, bedroom, or kitchen in this sale.
Zalora Singles' Day sale
The Zalora sales days are on 8 November, 10 November, and 11 November only, and during limited hours. If you're looking for branded apparels and fashion accessories, many of these brands like Under Armour, RayBan, Puma, and Adidas will be heavily discounted at up to 80% off retail price. Further, you can get an additional 25% off with the discount code SINGLES25.
Jetstar Singles' Day sale
Yup, even flight tickets are on sale. The sale period for Jetstar will be from 7 till 18 November or while stocks last. Whether you're looking for a last-minute getaway or planning an upcoming 2020 holiday over the long weekend, catch on to this sale to get discounted flight tickets.
Stay tuned to this space as we will be updating it with more deals and discounts.
Tips to get the best deals
It can get a little overwhelming if it's your first time shopping on Singles' Day. With so many items going on sale, how do you even choose what to buy and not spend frivolously? Here are some tips on getting the most out of the 11.11 sale.
As you probably can get a deal for any item, identify what you need. For example, if you plan to get a new pair of runnings shoes, you can start shortlisting selected brands and models to keep a lookout for during the sale period. You should also save the date on Shopee for the product categories that are relevant to you.
You don't have to be shopping every day throughout this period, you just need to set reminders on specific days to log in to collect vouchers. For example, the Lazada bank vouchers are really popular and have limited quantities, so you might want to set a reminder to log in at 9AM on 11 November if you want to make the most of the sale.
Credit card discounts
We've already mentioned the potential savings that you can get. But if you haven't gotten one of those cards, you can find a credit card from GoBear that can get you the rebate while earning air miles and cashback on your spending.
It's not hard to get the best deals when you shop online. You just need to make use of the right credit card(s) and catch on to the sale periods and you'll become a savvy online shopper.
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