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Sales season is upon us. And for a country that loves good deals and shopping, this is truly the best way to usher in the festive holidays. The much anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the best way to offset Monday blues, if you ask us) is happening tomorrow (Nov 24) and next Monday (Nov 27) respectively.

It’s going to be a whole weekend of sweet deals; so get your shopping game on and ready your credit cards. 

To get you started, here are some helpful dos and don’ts compiled by Hardware Zone to help you snag the best deals when shopping online and enjoy the most savings this coming weekend.

 

Dos:

1. Find out if free shipping to Singapore (FSSG) is offered - paying $50 worth of shipping for a $12 item would definitely suck.

2. Use a reliable forwarder that offers the best rate if FSSG is not applicable.

3. Get in the loops on the hottest items to snag and the best deals available so you won't miss out on any.

Don’ts:

1. Swipe freely on the first credit card you find. Exchange rates can make a big difference on your total bill - especially when you're purchasing from overseas sites. Always find out which credit card is offering the best.

2. Buy on impulse - particularly on big ticket items. Check out reviews and get opinions to ensure you're making a good purchase decision and won't end up regretting the fact that you've wasted your hard earned moolah.

Now that you’re geared up with all the tips, it’s time you know which sites and labels to keep on our radar for the weekend ahead. Below, we give you the lowdown on all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to look out for.

 

Zalora

 

With over 500 international and local top brands such as Topshop, Mango, GINLEE Studio and Ying The Label, you will want to bookmark Zalora ahead of the sales. For now, Zalora’s not revealing much about their impending deals, but here’s what we know so far: you’ll enjoy up to 70% off storewide, free delivery with S$40 spent. If you’re a new customer, you’ll get a S$15 voucher when you subscribe to the online newsletter. If you’re looking to get a head start, Zalora’s offering a Buy 2, Get 20% Off promotion for a select crop of items as a “Black Friday/Cyber Monday Preview”. You’ll find party-appropriate laced high heels, chic ankle boots, and tonnes of Little Black Dresses. 

 

Sephora

 

Beauty and makeup lovers, rejoice! Brace yourselves for a one-day only 15% discount sitewide starting from midnight this Friday (Nov 24). You’ll also enjoy free shipping with a minimum spending of $40 and receive a free beauty sample bundle when you spend $100 or more online (refer to the code listed on Sephora’s website). 

P.s. If you’re racking your brains over what to buy, check out our run-down on the cruelty-free beauty buys to pick up from Sephora for the festive season.

 

Amazon

 

You’ll find this year's lowest prices and sales on electronics, toys, DVDs, and more with Amazon. Their Black Friday and Cyber Mondays deals are pretty major with up to 90% off various items and on-going deals of the day. You’re going to want to keep an eye on their site, and join the countdown to Nov 24 when it all goes live. Enjoy huge price slashes off of video games, home furnishing items such as bean bags and chairs, and even musical instruments. 

 

Lazada

 

If you’ve been hankering after the latest IT gadget or a brand-new outfit, you can be sure to get them at the most affordable prices on Lazada this coming weekend. From Nov 24-27, enjoy up to 90% discounts, 50 over flash deals on Friday and free delivery nationwide. There’s also a 14-day free return policy. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any sweeter, you can even stand a chance to get up to 18% off in vouchers. 

 

Courts

 

Courts is offering up to 90% off online with exclusive deals changing on a daily basis. At midnight daily, new items get added to the bargai deals. It is undeniable that smart TVs and LED TVs steal the show when it comes to Courts’ sales;  it’s one of the biggest doorbusters and will be a fantastic grab on Black Friday.

 

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Qoo10

 

Qoo10 has yet to release the deets on their exact deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday - they’ll only be revealed on the day of the sales (Nov 24) itself. But if we were to judge from their massive Black Friday sales from last year, we’d guess that there’ll be free coupons ranging from $10 - $100 to redeem and insane discounts off big ticket items such as laptops  and smartphones. But here's shopping tip: start taking part in their countdown giveaways to earn vouchers and points, which you can use in turn for your purchases. 

 

Porcelain

 

Porcelain is a Singaporean beauty brand which offers specially curated treatment plans, premium aesthetic treatments and products formulated to "give women porcelain skin". For Cyber Monday, Porcelain will be offering a 20% off promotion on shopporcelain.com off all products with the exception of sale items, Christmas sets and the Porcelain Daily Cleansing Gel. Their range of products are aimed at tackling oily acne-prone skin, dull skin, and signs of premature ageing. 

 

Browhaus & STRIP!

If you’ve been putting off personal grooming for awhile now, Browhaus is giving you a reason to finally get down to it and bid goodbye to unwanted hair. From Nov 24-27, Browhaus & STRIP! will be having a Black Friday + Cyber Monday promotion for brow shaping, waxing and lip threading services. At Browhaus, buy 12 sessions of any Brow Shaping services and you’ll get 12 sessions of Upper Lip Threading for free while STRIP! will be having 20% off from full-priced waxing credit packages or IPL packages.

 

Shopee

 

Beginning midnight of Nov 24, customers can shop discounts of up to 80% off on beauty, fashion as well as home and living items. Cyber Monday hails the return of Shopee’s popular phone and gadgets sale. Products will be marked with the blue Lowest Price Guaranteed label, and Shopee promises a refund of twice the difference if shoppers are able to find the same item they've bought for cheaper elsewhere online.

What's more exciting? You can expect to find the all-new Apple iPhone X on sale at just $1,599 – which the site claims to be the cheapest you'll find  in Singapore.

Shopee will also be releasing limited edition Loot Boxes filled to the brim with tech gadgets that are worth over $300 each, but will retail at less than half the price.

 

Kate Spade New York

 

Kate Spade New York is currently running up to 50% off selected styles but here’s the true cherry on top; for Black Friday to Cyber Monday, you’ll get to enjoy an additional discount off of these sale items when you spend above a minimum amount. With a nett purchase of $300, you’ll enjoy an extra 10% off the sale items. If your nett purchase is $500 and above, a 15% discount off sales items will be thrown into the bargain.

 

Watsons

 

This year for Black Friday, Watsons will be having an online exclusive site-wide sale - and it starts early.

From Nov 23-26, enjoy 20% off all items sitewide with no minimum spending required. Members will have an additional $25 off their nett purchase with a minimum spending of $80 — simply use the code “25OFF2311” upon checkout.

Apart from that, do look out for the Buy-1-Get-1 and Buy-2-Get-1 promos which include a select crop of beauty and grooming products. Watsons has also got above 50% off deals which includes electronic toothbrushes and electronic weighing machines and more going under $10 — jackpot! For POSB Everyday Card holders, you’ll receive a $15 Watsons eVoucher with a minimum of $80 nett spend.

Delving into its Cyber Monday sales (that’s right, there’s more!), Watsons is stepping up its game with a one-day only 25% off sale sitewide no minimum spending on Nov 27. POSB Everyday Card holders will once again receive a $15 Watsons eVoucher with a minimum of $80 nett spend, plus an additional 3% cash rebate. Watsons gets us… there’s nothing we love more than shopping with cashback.

 
Robinsons

 

This year, Robinsons ups the ante by extending the store operating hours of all stores on Nov 24 from 7am until 1am. Across all three Robinsons stores ((The Heeren, Raffles City and Jem) from tomorrow to Sunday (Nov 24), a 80% discount will be offered on a wide variety of products ranging from beauty and fashion to home and lifestyle. Irresistible purchase with-purchase promotions and gift-with-purchase promotions will be also available for shoppers to splurge on.

That’s not all, Robinson’s going all out with spoiling us shopaholics with more deals and freebies. Hourly specials will be offered during the Robinsons Black Friday Sale, and shoppers are encouraged to stay stay up-to-date with these offers by visiting the Robinsons website at http://robinsons.com.sg/BlackFriday or by checking out their Instagram stories.

Valid only on the Nov 24, Robinson’s Gift-with-Purchase promotion includes covetable gifts such as the iPad and iPhone 8 plus with a certain minimum spending. If you happen to be in the store on that day, do keep your eyes peeled for magicians roaming around the Robinsons stores to entertain and reward lucky shoppers with a ‘sure-win’ $5 GRAB Voucher.

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