Client : Paypal Country : SingaporePublication : The Straits Times, URBAN Section : UrbanDate : 23 November 2012 Page : 18 Black Friday TipsTopic : :Circulation 400,000Discount at American retailers you should not miss1 MacysMacys.comTill tomorrow, the American retail chains online store is offering discounts of up to 60 percent on clothing and jewellery. Get a pair of free headphones when you buy any fragranceworth at least US$75 (S$91.90).Best buys include the Ralph Lauren Romance gift set, US$85 (usual price US$136), andDKNY Jeans sleeveless striped drop-waist dress, US$29.99 (usual price US$59).Through a new arrangement with FiftyOne, a global e-commerce company, Macys nowships to Singapore. International shipping fees apply.2 CoachCoachblackfriday.comThe factory outlet of this leathergoods maker is offering discounts of 66 per cent offwallets, 74 per cent off bags and 75 per cent off sunglasses.Get the Colette Hobos leather bag for US$78 (usual price US$298), the Poppy Checkbookpurse for US$61 usual price US$182) or the Marilyn sunglasses for US$45 (usual priceUS$182).3 Amazon.comAmazon.comThe worlds largest online retailer is offering discounts of up to 70 per cent off selected itemstill Dec 1. For example, an 18-inch Swarovski Carnevale sterling silver necklace is going forUS$39 (usual price US$149), while a BCBG Max Azria cable dress costs US$136.80 (usualprice US$228). Subscribe to Amazon.com to get updates on the latest deals. Internationalshipping charges apply.4 SephoraSephora.comPucker up to a markdown of more than 50 per cent on a range of cosmetics brands. Itemssuch as Bare Escentuals Let It Glow blusher set (usual price US$42), Bite Mini lipstickpalette (usual price US$48) and Stila Travel Palette & Deluxe Kitten lipgloss (usual priceUS$67) are all going for US$10 each. The one-day sale starts today at 4pm, Singapore time.KohlsKohls.comThe American department store, which carries brands such as Vera Wang and LC LaurenConrad, is offering discounts of up to 70 per cent on jewellery, handbags, accessories and
outerwear from now till 5am tomorrow, Singapore time. Also, get a US$15 voucher withevery US$50 spent.A Daisy Fuentes bandage dress costs US$25.60 (usual price US$64), a Jennifer LopezKaleidoscope Crossover maxi dress costs US$21 (usual price US$70) and a pair of LCLauren Conrad ballet flats is priced at US$22 (usual price US$54.99). Fans of Vera Wangcan get its Brushstroke Chiffon midi dress at US$34 (usual price US$68).6 Kate SpadeKatespade.com/discount-designer-clothing/sale,default,sc.htmlBest known for its leather bags and wallets in vibrant colours and designs, Kate Spade isslashing prices of selected items by more than 50 per cent. Best buys include the ChambersStreet Carlyle handbag for US$188 (usual price US$358), Victoria Falls Maryanne shoulderbag, US$249 (usual price US$528) and the Tudor City Salma wallet, US$59 (usual priceUS$138).7 NordstromNordstrom.comThe upscale fashion retailer, which ships to Singapore, is offering up to 50 per cent offdesigner items and you can shop in your preferred currency.Dont miss out on bargains, such as a Diane von Furstenberg Lata skirt that is going forUS$125.98 (usual price US$210), a pair of Cole Haan Hollis boots that now costs US$198.98(usual price US$398) and a pair of Vera Wang Footwear Indigo flats priced at US$147.49(usual price US$295).8 Saks Fifth AvenueSaksfifthavenue.comThe American luxury department store, which carries high-end brands such as Prada, ManoloBlahnik, Valentino, is slashing prices of designer items by up to 40 per cent.Get a Michael Kors belted wool crepe dress for US$1,137 (usual price US$1,895), a Rag &Bone Botany silk blouse for US$195 (usual price US$325), a Red Valentino cropped miniskirt for US$225 (usual price US$375) and a pair of Tory Burch Lindsay pants for US$135(usual price US$225).The online store ships to Singapore and can calculate your total bill in your preferredcurrency, including any applicable duties and taxes.
Survival guide for first-timersStep 1: Sign up for an account with an online conciergeMany American retailers do not ship to Singapore. A concierge service acts as a middlemanby providing a local address to which you can send your packages, then ships them to you fora fee.Some buy items on your behalf, for a fee, if the merchants do not accept credit cards issuedoutside the United States.Here are some concierges to check out (do note that fuel surcharges apply on top of shippingcharges, and some operators also levy an insurance fee):1. HopShopGo (Hopshopgo.com) An initiative by PayPal and comGateway launched in 2010. PayPal customers get a 10 per cent discount upon checkout. Shipping rates for standard delivery (six to eight business days): US$11 (S$13.50) for the first 0.5kg and US$2.85 for each additional 0.5kg. Repacking: US$5 to US$7, up to three packages are consolidated at no charge. Ships only from the United States.2. comGateway (Comgateway.com) Shipping and repacking rates are the same as above, but the 10 per cent discount does not apply. Ships only from the US.3. Borderlinx (Borderlinx.com) For Citibank card holders. Shipping rates for standard delivery (four to six business days): US$13 for the first 0.5kg and US$3.30 for each additional 0.5kg. Repacking: Free. Ships from the US and Britain.4. vPost (Vpost.com.sg) A service by SingPost. Shipping rates for standard delivery from the US (five to eight business days): A base charge of $13.40 and $7.20 per kg, plus a fuel charge of $1.90 per kg. Repacking: $12 per package. Also ships from China, Japan and Europe.Step 2: Do your homeworkCompare prices of the same or similar items across various merchants before you buy.PriceGrabber (Pricegrabber.com) is one price comparison website you can use to scour thebest online deals. Apps such as comPare by comGateway (free, from Apple App Store) alsoallows you to check the price of a product in Singapore against its retail price in the US.Meanwhile, search for shopping ideas through BuyVia (free, from Apple App Store), whichcompares prices across similar items, or the Black Friday App by Dealnews.com (free, fromGoogle Play Store), which compiles retailers ads in-store and online.For a comprehensive Web round-up, visit blackfriday.gottadeal.com/
OnlineTracker, which lists retailers, such as JCPenney and Macys, along with their sales starttimes and the prices of their items.Step 3: Dont buy on impulseSome merchants may slash prices even further come Cyber Monday, so check back for moredeals.No matter how cheap an item is, you would be wasting money if it does not fit, so do not beswayed by discounts alone. Double-check the retailers size chart to make sure themeasurements fit.Read the fine print on return policies - items obtained through a concierge can be returned.Some merchants may shorten the return window or implement an exchange-only restrictionduring peak seasons.Step 4: Check out only on secured sitesWhen making payment, verify that you are on a secured site - that is, a Web address startingwith "https://" and with a padlock icon beside it, instead of the standard "http://". These sitesencrypt sensitive data during the transaction.Step 5: Consolidate your ordersEven if merchants ship to Singapore, it may be more cost-effective to consolidate all youritems and mail them to a US address rather than to ship multiple packages individually. Anonline concierge service will allow you to do so.You may also wish to pool purchases with friends to split shipping costs.~ WALTER SIM