In the US, UK and Asia, November is a month full of amazing sales. Even with the Aussie dollar weaker than we would like, massive savings can be had shopping Single’s Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
If you haven’t heard about these sales let me give you the rundown, and show you how you can cash in.
Single’s Day, November 11
This Chinese holiday is the opposite of Valentine’s Day. Instead it is a celebration of being single and is on 11th of November (11/11 with all the number ones symbolising being single). Chinese online shopping site Alibaba.com claimed the date for its sale, which has become the biggest online sale in the world. This year the site expects $20 billion will be spent.
How do you get involved? Firstly, register at websites for all of the updates. For Singles Day head to aliexpress.com for notifications. Sale pricing will be revealed before the sale, and then for 24 hours on November 11, that site will be a sale frenzy.
Quick tip: remember Chinese sizing is different to Aussie clothing and shoe sizes so look for measurements rather than the label size. Also postage may be a little slow with the amount of packages being shipped so expect about a 20 day shipping window.
Black Friday Sales, November 25
Why Black Friday? It is a positive name which refers to being profitable ‘in the black’ rather than ‘in the red’ meaning debt. Macy New York started this sale as a post-Thanksgiving sale that become a sensation. People lined up at the front door and ran to scoop up a bargain. This sale has since become popular throughout the US and even jumped the pond to the UK. Unlike most American cultural events, this one is yet to really be taken up in Australia. The savvy shoppers have been taking advantage of these sales using one of our favourite shopping tools – the internet.
Some of my favourites sites are the big US department stores as they have amazing discounts on brands.
The Monday after Black Friday was traditionally the online version of the sale. These sales have become so popular that there are even “lead up to Black Friday” sales online so they are no longer limited to a single day. Many call it ‘Black November’ as there are so many sales in November inspired by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Amazon.com is running its ‘Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week Sale. Every day Amazon will be offering many Lightning Deals throughout the day, up to November 24. Amazon Prime members will get early access to over 30,000 deals including Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials
So how do you get the best out of these sales?
- Do your research
Build a list of items you are looking for and note the current price and link.
Register with your favourite shopping locations for regular email updates.
Once you have completed your list identify the items that are the priority. Don’t get distracted with the smaller items.
I generally search my favourite fashion brands and prioritise them so when the sale starts and the price is right I work my way through my list. Will some items sellout? Absolutely! So make sure you target your big ticket, high priority items first.
Get some help from family members if you have a big list. You can all target different items at the same time. I do know savvy shoppers who have parties to do this. Yes, Really!
Check on postage to Australia in the stores you are shopping. If they offer free postage in the US (they nearly always do) it may be more economical to get a mail forwarding company in the US to accept all of your parcels. They supply you with your own US address so you can have items free shipped to a US address. They will repack your items to maximise postage discounts to Australia. I use USA2me.com and have for years.
These sales are a wonderful opportunity to complete your Christmas list, bag a bargain and find a little something for yourself as a reward for all your hard work.