Client : PayPal Country : SingaporePublication : Asia OneDate : 19 November 2012Topic : Black Friday FrenzyCirculation : 2,239,850URL : http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Diva/Story/A1Story20121119- 384415.htmlBlack Friday frenzySavvy Singaporeans can also cash in on goods offered at deep discounts online on Nov 23. -BTMon, Nov 19, 2012SINGAPORE - With less than a week to go, stores across the United States are prepping themselvesfor the most eagerly awaited sales event of the year, Black Friday, when millions of people will beout in force for some serious shopping.Black Friday is so named because that is when many stores become profitable. It is always on theFriday immediately after Thanksgiving, and this year it falls on Nov 23.While shoppers in America are known to camp outside their favourite stores, savvy Singaporeanscan cash in on Black Friday sales from the comfort of their home. Plus, there is no need to wait inline or jostle with the crowds."Singaporean shoppers can look out for deep discounts of up to 80 to 90 per cent by major USretailers during the Black Friday weekend," says Klas Hesselman, PayPals head of marketing, South-east Asia and India.Popular items Singaporeans bought during last years Black Friday sales include the Amazon Kindle,Apple iPad and iPod Nano, and Ralph Lauren apparel.Websites such as eBay give shoppers access to thousands of US retailers, many of whom do not havea presence here. Some stores ship to Singapore, but for those that dont, consolidate all yourshopping from various merchants to one US shipping address provided by an online concierge, suchas HopShopGo or Boderlinx or VPost.
Dont fret if you miss out on Black Friday sales. There is also Cyber Monday, the Monday after BlackFriday, where prices are expected to be slashed further online."As the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend is the busiest shopping weekend of the year and marksthe start of the year-end shopping season in the US, there are bargains across categories, and thereis something for just about anyone," says Mr Hesselman.He says popular shopping categories this year include clothes, jewellery, gadgets and homeaccessories.ShopbopSavings on good deals can be dampened by high shipping costs, but not at this site, where shippingto Singapore is free. Purchases arrive no later than three weeks, another reason why Shopbop hasbecome a popular site for local shoppers.The online retailer offers over 100 brands to choose from. A selection of the items, from shoes,clothes, swimwear and accessories are going at a 70 per cent discount. A Thakoon draped jumpsuitis going at US$277.50, down from US$925.www.shopbop.comNordstromIt is easy to fill a new wardrobe for everyone in the family with everything from Nordstorm. Apartfrom men and women sections, the apparel selection is split into kids and juniors too, which makesfinding the right items a breeze. The site also has a bed and bath section, and one for holiday decor.For the best deals, head to the Nordstrom Rack section, where there are bigger discounts, at least 50per cent, such as a Dalia MacPhee ruffled chiffon cocktail dress for $131.38, down from $339.05.Shipping takes two weeks, which means items will arrive in time for the year-end party season.www.nordstrom.comMacysThe department stores online site has made it easy for first-time online shoppers with its BlackFriday preview sales, so start browsing now rather than later. Its online sale will start on Nov 24, UStime. The site also has a virtual shopping list. Shoppers can add items now and come back later inthe week to purchase them.Some deals are available only online, such as a BCBG Max Azria clutch that is nearly 50 per cent offat $59.99.www.macys.comAmazon.com
The go-to site for deals for nearly everything under the sky, Amazon sweetens Black Friday sales byoffering them from Monday. Kiasu shoppers need not wait till Nov 23 to shop.Smart shoppers know to sign up with the retailer to receive daily e-mail updates on available deals.We received in our inbox a deal for Alien Anthology on Blu-ray that is 64 per cent off at US$25.With a wide range of goods available, from clothing and books to electronics and toys, its possibleto spend the whole day here, so it pays to start browsing early.The deals dont end on Cyber Monday. Amazon is holding a Cyber Monday Deals week from Nov 26.www.amazon.comOverstock.comThis online retailer has begun offering pre-Black Friday deals. There are big items such as leatherbeds that are going at $620, but keep an eye on smaller items such as a Laura Ashley eight-piece,cotton sateen, 230-thread count bedding set for $225.50. Another good deal is Miss Sixty WomensFaux-fur Hooded Parka for $153, which is likely to cost twice as much in the shops. It is still early, soyou can expect more deals to come as Black Friday approaches.www.overstock.comHome Decorators CollectionIf the home accessories at the local stores dont excite you, then check out this online retailer. Itoffers a wide variety of items from furniture to lights and storage options. They also have a selectionfrom Martha Stewart Living, which is not available in Singapore.Whats worth checking out is the clearance section, where some rugs are going at a 50 per centdiscount. We spotted a wool rug for US$187.99 (S$230), down from US$549 (S$672).www.homedecorators.comKohlsThis is another big chain department store which sees queues during Black Friday sales. Its wideinventory means it takes time to sift through what is available online, so the best way is to head tothe clearance tab, which shows items marked down 60 to 80 per cent.Check out the Vera Wang reversible floral quilted bedspread pieces. A pillow costs US$15.99, downsharply from US$79.99, while the quilted bedspread which originally cost nearly US$260 is now justUS$51.99.www.kohls.comOnline shopping tips
Comparison shop: Compare prices online before you make purchases. PriceGrabber(www.pricegrabber.com) lets users compare prices across the different merchants.Beware of shipping costs: You may get a great deal on an item but if shipping charges are high thenyou lose out. Make sure to check shipping rates before you buy. Some sites offer free shipping if youspend a certain amount.Know return policies: Many merchants alter their return policies for holiday purchases, prohibitreturns or only allow exchanges. Be aware of a merchants policies before you buy. Keep receipts foronline purchases and credit card statements in case you need to make a return.Never enter your credit card information on a websites checkout page if the URL doesnt have an safter http. An https at the beginning of the link means it is a secure site.