We will help you score those killer discounts on Nov 25.
If you missed Singles' Day last weekend, fret not. Tis' still the season to be shopping!
Black Friday, coming your way on Nov 25 (Nov 26 for Singapore), is the annual shopping Olympics. It is also the fashion equivalent of The Hunger Games.
Every fashionista has been working hard and saving their money for this special day, and they are ready to slay everyone online to get what they want. So, if you want to own these Black Friday sales like a boss, here are six online shopping tips you should arm yourself with.
Get set, and don't screw it up.
1. Set your budget
Let's start with the boring part, like managing your spending limits. Setting a budget is important because even though shopping is fun and exciting, you still need money to eat and take the bus to work.
HMMM…SHOULD I BUY THAT SHIRT OR THAT JACKET? PRIORITIES.
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/ANISAH AZMI
Furthermore, a budget will help you narrow down the must-haves items in your cart and the items that must be booted. No pun intended.
2. Start shopping international brands
Usually, popular brands in Singapore, such as ZARA, Topshop, and Topman, do not have jaw-dropping discounts on its items. But I have seen online stores in America and Europe slashing S$100 dresses and shirts to just S$30.
S$29 FOR A BLOUSE IS LIKE A DAYLIGHT ROBBERY HERE! IT COULD COST THREE TIMES LESS IN AMERICA.
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/BRANDON CHIA
And it gets better! Thanks to Brexit, the British pound and euro have fallen drastically in 2016. British pound has dropped from being worth two times more to just 1.7 times more than the Singapore dollar. I mean, what a great time to spend all your money right?
It is still unclear if Donald Trump's Presidential Election win will cause the US dollar to drop in the next few weeks, but here's to hoping.
3. Save your items ahead of time
When the Black Friday sales start, you have to be the best keyboard warrior that ever lived.
Based on my previous experience during the last two Black Fridays, I have seen items flying off the digital shelves within minutes. You *have* to check out as soon as possible.
ADD THE ITEMS YOU'VE BEEN EYEING INTO YOUR CART,
AND WAIT FOR BLACK FRIDAY. EASY PEASY.
After scanning and shortlisting what you want to buy, save all the items. Throw them into your cart or put them into the "save for later" page.
If the website you are shopping at does not have these functions, bookmark the pages in your Internet browser for safekeeping.
4. Use fashion consolidating websites
Let's say your worst nightmare just happened. The item you wanted is out-of-stock. Well, all hope is not lost because the Internet is awesome.
FILTERS ARE USEFUL FOR SHORTLISTING ITEMS
ACCORDING TO PRICE, SIZE, AND COLOUR.
Here is my pro-tip: websites like ShopStyle, Lyst, and Polyvore are a godsend. Just key in the item you are looking for, and the websites will generate relevant matches from different retailers and prices for you to choose from.
YOU CAN ALSO USE PINTEREST TO FIND STYLE INSPIRATIONS.
5. Set up your third party shipping accounts
The only drawback of shopping online? Some stores do not ship to Singapore.
This is where a third party shipper comes in handy. It only costs about $30++ per package and is relatively cheap, due to your Black Friday savings.
Another pro-tip: I also like to *coughs* cheat the system because third party shippers offer discounts for first-time users. Sign up for a new account with a new e-mail to enjoy these benefits!
When shopping in America, use comGateway, as they have the cheapest rates and are very reliable. When shopping in the UK, use vPost. They are efficient, and contacting them is easy since it is a subsidiary of SingPost.
IF YOU WANT TO SHOP IN EUROPE, SHOPANDBOX WILL BE YOUR GO-TO.
6. Sign up for mailing lists
Since you're shopping overseas, these international websites will only launch their sales according to their respective time zones. You can expect to camp at your laptops at 7am as you wait for Black Friday – that's Nov 26 for us Singaporeans.
You will have to act quickly when the day comes, so subscribe to as many mailing lists as you can to get advance notice about the sales!
These mailing lists will put you ahead of everyone, as they will tell you the exact time the discounts are incorporated on their websites.
TURN ON YOUR E-MAIL NOTIFICATIONS CLOSER TO THE DATE.
You should also follow these brands on social media to get live updates, just in case.
From one shopaholic to another, I hope this guide will help you maximise your Black Friday experience.
Now, happy shopping and may the odds be ever in your favour!
BANNER PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/BRANDON CHIA