The Straits Times has come up with a shopping checklist for Black Friday which BQ thinks is very useful for our readers, so we have listed it out for you! Read the original article by Melissa Heng here if you want to know more!
1. Do a time check
Check the starting time of sales. Black Friday in the United States begins at midnight on Nov 27 (Singapore time 1pm or 4pm on Saturday, Nov 28). Some retailers will start even earlier. Amazon began releasing daily deals on Nov 1 as a lead up to Black Friday.
Retailers here usually start their sales at midnight on Black Friday as well, but on Singapore time. That means midnight on Nov 27.
Some international sites have dedicated promotions for countries in Asia including Singapore and those will adhere to the timezone here.
The first hour of sales is the busiest. Items go out of stock fast so checking out fast means you have a higher chance of getting everything you want.
2. Sign up as a member of sites you are likely to buy from
This is so you can log in and place items in your shopping cart before the sales begin. Those items will not be saved if you are not logged in. Certain sites will save your shopping cart items for up to three days, so you can spread out your browsing time. Putting all your items into your shopping cart an hour or so before the sale starts means that once the clock strikes 12 you can check out immediately.
3. Subscribe to mailing lists
Retail sites will send customers catalogues and special promotion codes the week before Black Friday. Subscribe to the mailing lists to get the latest updates on when the sales will start, what items will be on sale and how much discounts you can get. Following your favourite merchants on social media will also help keep you up to date.
4. Call your credit card company
Credit card companies sometimes offer promotions to coincide with Black Friday. You can subscribe to their mailing lists to get notifications on rebates.
5. Separate your orders
Packages entering Singapore are subject to 7 per cent GST if the items exceed $400 in value. So if you plan on spending more than $400 at a single site, you should split up your orders to avoid the GST charge.
6. Check on shipping
Some sites offer free international shipping for purchases exceeding a specified amount. Amazon offers free shipping to Singapore for orders above $125. The offer does not apply to items larger than 45.72cm x 35.56cm x 20.32cm or over 9.07kg.
For sites that ship only to an American address, use a third-party shipping service such as ComGateway, vPost or Borderlinx. These services provide you with a US address to ship your order to and they will then ship your item to Singapore. ComGateway lets you keep your packages there for about two months, so you can accumulate your smaller purchases into one package for cheaper shipping.
7. Be careful of phishing scams
Some websites have been popping up with lists of Black Friday deals and discount links from stores. However, some sites are out to get your personal details such as your e-mail address or credit card information.
As a precaution, go directly to the store's website or reputable sites listing Black Friday deals such as blackfriday.com, dealnews.com and cybermonday.com.
8. Do not panic if you miss Black Friday
If you miss out on a Black Friday bargain, you can still get good deals on Cyber Monday on Nov 30.