We’re counting down to another big shopping sale day – Black Friday.
This year’s Black Friday falls on 26th November 2021.
Yes, we are into the second year of the pandemic, but no coronavirus can stop Singaporeans from contributing to the economy.
Before we get into the tips, let’s take a look back at the origins of Black Friday.
What is Black Friday?
Originated from the United States, Black Friday happens the day after Thanksgiving Day.
Most Americans will be taking time off on Thursday and Friday – to go out shopping with their family.
American retailers noticed the trend. And hence decided to make it a big shopping event. They took the opportunity to introduce big sales to mark the start of Christmas Shopping. And with the rise of globalism, this trend has spread across the globe.
Now that we have completed the history of Black Friday, let’s jump forward to the tips.
Create a list and budget
With all the sale going on, it’s tough not to get tempted to buy things that you don’t need. If you want to stay focused on savings and buying things that you need, create a list and budget.
Best to head down to the shop a week before, and find out if there are other shops offering similar deals. So that in case the item is sold out, you have a backup plan.
Take leave on Thursday and Friday
Retailers are smart – deals can start as early as Thursday morning.
The offers don’t change much from morning to night time. So, take the Thursday off and enjoy the benefits of a lesser crowd.
Don’t forget to whip out your step counters and clock some miles for the National Steps Challenge at the same time.
Get ready to stand and walk nonstop. That includes:
- Queuing to get into the malls
- Standing in line to get into the shop
- Running around to find the products and deals
- And queuing up again to make payment
Sounds tiring right?
If you have a poor stamina for shopping, then best to also take time off on a Friday to recover from Thursday’s mayhem.
Take public transport to shopping site
Expect a huge traffic jam entering Orchard as most Singaporeans will be out to shop only after work.
It will be tough to find carparks if you are planning to go there in the evening. The best method to skip the jam – take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).
There will most likely be a price hike from transport apps if you are at the center of the shopping craze.
So, once your shopping spree ended, take the last train out to a further location before you get a cab.
Or, if you are an amaze card holder you can make use of the $5 off via TADA!
Shop online instead
Squeezing with the crowd isn’t your thing? Then take your shopping online instead. Deals can start as early as five days before Black Friday.
Beware of misleading sales. Reddit users have highlighted that some products are actually the same price before the sale started.
For example, before the sale, product A costs $99. During the sale, product A shows that it is currently at 50% off with the final price of $99.
To prevent that from happening, take screenshots of the list of items you want to get a week before the sale begins. That also includes similar items and deals from other websites. Then create a spreadsheet to keep track of the pricing and the deals. Yes, we are taking penny pinching to a whole new level – it’s called being a smart shopper.
It’s less about the numerical discounts and more about the final price that you are paying.
The only caveat: expect delivery only after Christmas.
Read the exchange and return policy
Take note that all brands have different policies.
Sale items or inner wear items are often stated as non-exchangeable or non-returnable. Some brands allow you to return at any outlets within the stipulated period.
And even the same brand can also have different policies for online and physical shops.
Example, Uniqlo allows physical shoppers to exchange items via the original store they have purchased from. If you purchased from Somerset 313 outlet, you can only exchange at that outlet only.
For items bought online, shoppers have to pack the items and fork out courier fees on their own.
Too much of a hassle? Sell your items via Carousell to “recoup” your losses.
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Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. All details are accurate at the time of publishing. Instarem has no affiliation or relationship with products or vendors mentioned.