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Black Friday sales and promotions in Singapore 2020, Lifestyle News

Mark your calendars for Nov 27, 2020 because that’s the day we succumb to the darkest parts of ourselves, venture into the deepest parts of our wallets, and indulge in a relentless day of shopping.

Following the Singles Day sales is Black Friday, made popular in the United States as a major retail event that comes right after Thanksgiving.

In Singapore, it started gaining traction after the rise of online shopping, as fiery discount hunters went from stomping over each other at physical outlets to camping out in front of their computer screens.

While it’s known for the abundance of tech deals, retailers in other shopping categories from fashion to hospitality are getting in on the action as well. After all, it sets the tone for the rest of the year-end sale season (Cyber Monday, Boxing Day, 12.12 etc).

Here is a compilation of this year’s Black Friday deals and promotions in Singapore that you should look out for.  

Best Black Friday deals in Singapore

Fashion and Beauty








Brand Promotion
Sephora From 15 per cent off select products when you shop online on Black Friday
Zalora Up to 70 per cent off storewide
Asos Up to 70 per cent off storewide
Care to Beauty TBA
Cotton On TBA
Watsons

  • $24 off minimum spending of $120 using promo code ‘24BLACK19’
  • $12 evoucher with minimum $100 nett spent
  • Up to 30per cent off black face masks
  • Up to 60 per cent off black beauty products
  • Up to 40 per cent off charcoal products
  • Buy one get one free promotions
  • Free 300ml Bodum Joycup travel mug with minimum $180 spent

Beauty junkies, listen up! Sephora is running a 15 per cent discount on everything on their website for Black Friday alongside other promotions.

Just a PSA: Fenty Beauty’s mattemoiselle plush matte lipstick is currently for sale at only $14.50. You know what to do. 

At Zalora, Black Friday sales tie in with Cyber Monday sales, which will be on from Nov 25 to 28. Expect a 70 per cent markdown storewide for items ranging from fashion, electronics, household products and health essentials. 

From Nov 27 to 30, ASOS will have big discounts across 850 brands on their website, including coats, jackets, sneakers, suits, heels, and Instagram-ready party dresses.

But if you can’t wait until then, you can always head straight to the outlet section (where it’s always Black Friday) and shop big brands with up to 70 per cent off on their price tags.

Care to Beauty and Cotton On may have yet to announce the exact promotion they’re having, but Black Friday’s definitely happening — just take a look at the countdown timer on their websites.

Care to Beauty has also given shoppers a glimpse of the brands that will go on sale on Nov 27, while Cotton On promises customers massive savings and stacks of surprises at their best event yet.  

If you can’t wait, sign up for both mailing lists for first dibs into their Black Friday sales items.

E-commerce






Brand Promotion
Shopee TBA
Lazada TBA
Qoo10 Masks from $1.99, pants and leggings at $6.90, 1-for-1 promotions
Amazon TBA, shop early deals from Nov 20

As part of the Black Friday sales, Qoo10 is offering major discounts across all categories of goods throughout November. Called Black November ID Festival, the shopping website is dropping a tonne of promotions for fashion, cosmetics, food, technology and more. 

While Shopee and Lazada have yet to announce their Black Friday sales, we’re pretty sure the e-commerce giants will be releasing more info nearer to the date — perhaps, they’re still overwhelmed with 11. 11 orders.

Technology




Brand Promotion
Gain City Discounts such as $300 off on the Lenovo IdeaPad 14” and $500 off on the Philips 70” 4K Android TV
E1 Personal Audio Singapore 20per cent off on selected Audio-Technica products using promo code ‘BLACK FRIDAY 2020’ at check-out

Black Friday comes early at Gain City and E1 Personal Audio Singapore, as the brands have already started knocking down prices for their products. Be spoiled for choice at Gain City, where you can choose between heavily-discounted PCs, TVs, fridges and, practically, any household item you can think of. 

Thinking of upgrading your earphones or headphones instead? E1 Personal Audio Singapore’s the place to go. We’d recommend you to be quick as some of their products are already sold out. 

Other promotions to look out for





Brand Promotion
Far East Flora Up to 50 per cent off selected flowers
Ion Orchard 1-for-1 deals, complimentary gifts, and up to 50 per cent off selected products
Hong Kong Disneyland 45 per cent off on room bookings at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney Explorers Lodge

If you’re one of those lucky people who are travelling to Hong Kong under the Air Travel Bubble scheme, this Hong Kong Disneyland promo would probably come in handy because you could  save some moolah after spending a bomb on Covid-19 tests and flight tickets.

But if you’re staying in Singapore, you might want to consider hopping over to Ion Orchard to feast your travel blues away with promos such as 1-for-1 lunch sets and bubble tea deals, among many others.

This article was first published in SingSaver.com.sg.

Best Practices for Merchants During Mega-Sales Days in APAC — Black Friday and Cyber Monday (2021)

November promises to be a frenetic month for online stores with three landmark shopping events over the four-week period.

Singles Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday fall on the 11th, 27th, and 30th November respectively. 

In 2019, one million Shopify merchants sold $2.9 billion in inventory during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza. Shopify-powered entrepreneurs enabled 25.5 million customers, resulting in a 63% increase in sales volume compared to 2018. At its peak, the global Black Friday sale raked in $1.5 million a minute.

Such giddying sales figures will undoubtedly excite merchants who haven’t had a great time of it lately. COVID-19 has forced many consumers to tighten their belts as the uncertain global economic condition results in a decrease in discretionary shopping. What’s more, global logistics and supply chains are suffering from a sharp reduction in commercial flights resulting in an increase in costs.

Overview of Shopping Holidays in Southeast Asia

Here’s a summary of major shopping events in Southeast Asia between the September to January period.

September 9 (9/9)

The 9/9 shopping extravaganza kicked off in 2016 and covers Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan. While this shopping event isn’t as prestigious as the ones later down the list, some estimates suggest that the number of transactions triple as compared to regular days.

November 11th (11/11)

Also known as Singles Day, 11/11 is now the biggest online shopping event in Southeast Asia. It initially started in 2009 as a way to promote Alibaba-backed marketplace Taobao and in 2015, the event generated $14 billion in online sales breaking the world record for the highest online revenue generated by a single company in one day.  

December 12th (12/12)

December 12 is a more recent shopping holiday, having started in 2012 but is also rapidly gaining traction. It’s promoted by Alipay with an eye towards small and medium-sized businesses and aims to cater to those companies that missed out on the 11/11 gold rush. Big brands tend to have the most outsized deals on Singles Day, so 12/12 provides a level playing field for everyone. 

Black Friday

Black Friday, the popular North American shopping holiday is now also recognized in Southeast Asia both as a way for cross-border commerce as well as local shopping deals. It traditionally heralds the arrival of the holiday shopping season, culminating with Christmas and Boxing Day. Held on the first Friday after U.S. thanksgiving, Black Friday will fall on the 27th of November this year.

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is an extension of the Black Friday weekend, and falls on the Monday right after Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday 2020 will be observed on the 30th of November and represents a final opportunity for shoppers to lock in the best deals.  

With a plethora of shopping events in November, there is considerable opportunity for Shopify merchants to cash in. With a few tweaks to your website, a better user experience, and efficient messaging, you will be well on your way to a flourishing November. 

Here are some strategies you can use to maximize your returns:

Use the holidays to clear under-performing stock

An overall decline in demand for retail products following the pandemic means many stores are holding more inventory than they would like to. This results in ongoing costs for warehousing and lower liquidity.

Ideally, a store owner would prefer to sell incoming inventory as fast as possible, giving their business cash flow and better returns. If you feel that some of your stock has been lying unsold for longer than you would like, then it’s a smart decision to earmark those products for deep discounts and flash sales.

Tying this promotion to a Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Singles Day sale won’t raise many eyebrows either. Customers are looking for high discounts, so it’s not untoward for merchants to offer items at up to 70-80% off. What’s more, these promotions are a great way to attract traffic to your site. Once you have more visitors on your store, you can use product suggestion tools and other subtle hints to encourage people to browse the site and buy more.

And while they’re there, make sure you capture some information such as an email address in order to upsell later. This can be done by offering a one-time discount code or free shipping in exchange for identifying details. 

If you’re looking for an app to help you identify your slowest-moving products, we recommend Stocky. 

Encourage larger basket sizes to offset higher acquisition and shipping costs

November is a fantastic opportunity to lock in new customers and higher sales, but it does require some advertising dollars. Your competition is aware of the fact that shoppers are hunting for the best deals, so it, too, will spend more money to make its products stand out. What’s more, because of COVID-19, retailers might have cut back on marketing budgets in the summer and therefore have more money to spend for the shopping and holiday season campaigns.

You should consider building custom banners, visuals, and landing pages for each specific event. A landing page customized for Black Friday could include all the discounted products for example, giving shoppers a birds-eye view of all the deals on your site. Within this landing page you could experiment with things like bundle deals, limited-time offers, and subtle copywriting that encourages higher basket sizes such as free shipping beyond an order minimum.

Prices for bidding on competitive keywords tend to go up during shopping events, so it’s essential that you do as much as you can to facilitate a transaction at the first visit. Stellar graphics and ad copy can go a long way in achieving this, but don’t worry if you aren’t a Photoshop power user. Tools like Canva are an effective way to get started.

Offer several payment options and curbside pickup, if available

Despite the extremely rapid adoption of online shopping in Southeast Asia, the fact is that over 70% of the region’s consumers don’t have access to a bank account or sophisticated financial products like a credit card. But that doesn’t mean they’re not interested in online shopping; many of them are likely to browse the internet on their phones and make a purchase through a mobile device.

If you rigidly stick to online payment options alone, such as PayPal or credit card, you might be excluding yourself from a large portion of your potential customers. In 2017, cash on delivery (COD) accounted for 47% of payments for online shopping in the Philippines, 42.8% in Vietnam, and 20.6% in Indonesia. Global shipping giants such as DHL have announced support for cross-border COD, which opens up a huge new market for online retailers.

For local shoppers, the availability of curbside pickup is an excellent way to remove friction from the checkout process. While this only applies if you have a retail storefront, it’s a way of ensuring faster delivery and a contactless experience. Customers buy online through your website and schedule a pickup time from a location nearby. This would also assist in removing the shipping fee irritant, which sometimes causes customers to abandon their carts.

What’s more, our research has shown that shoppers prefer to patronize local businesses as a result of the lockdown. 61% of survey respondents said that they plan on buying from local and independent retailers, with 79% saying the decision was due to support communities and protect local jobs. 

Use these changing preferences to your advantage. If your store targets local shoppers, then don’t forget to add your business to local shopping directories. You may also want to start a customer referral program for word of mouth recommendations in the community as well as leverage Facebook ads for nearby shoppers.

Other things you can do is to keep your Google My Business profile up-to-date with contact numbers, addresses, and hours of operation. This helps boost SEO and online map listings, too. 

Build up presale hype and engage existing customers 

When you’re looking at ways to drum up interest for upcoming events, an example of low-hanging fruit is your existing customers. They’ve transacted with you in the past and are familiar with your store. Hopefully you already have a database with their names and email addresses handy. If email campaigns are an important part of your existing marketing strategy, that’s even better.

Start your email campaigns by educating existing customers about the upcoming events. Send them the key dates and the time when the discounts will kick in. Make sure to send one email well in advance of the dates as well as a reminder closer to the time. 

Another way to build up hype is to create discount codes exclusively for email subscribers. This is on top of your existing deals, so helps subscribers feel like they’re part of an invite-only community and assists in building brand affinity. You could also hint at this offer on your social media channels, encouraging more email signups and helping with email nurture tracks in the future. 

Your emails could also include previews of exclusive deals as well as collaborations that you plan on unveiling on the day of the sale itself. For example, if a percentage of all sales goes to charity, then you might want to announce it to your most loyal customers. Other exclusive perks such as free shipping or entry in sweepstakes should also be highlighted. 

Prepare for a surge in website traffic

Given the frenzy of activity on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Singles Day, you must be prepared for many more visitors than usual. And while you don’t have to worry about things like web hosting since Shopify has your back, you might want some additional hands on deck to cater to things like live chat, customer inquiries through social media, or quick updates to the website to promote specific SKUs.

Building in product scarcity is also a proven method to drive purchases, so adding in a note like “left in stock” alerts or a “countdown timer” for a deal can also go a long way in facilitating a transaction.  

Most importantly, enjoy the process! Even if new visitors to your site don’t transact straight away, try to offer them a one-time discount code in exchange for a newsletter subscription, for example. That’s valuable information which you can use to eventually convert them into a customer down the road.

Convert, Retain, and Upsell Customers with Facebook Tools

Shopping extravaganzas in Southeast Asia are undoubtedly welcomed by ecommerce brands, but the trick is to set yourself apart from the competition.

An ideal place to start generating traffic is Facebook. With over 1.2 billion users in the Asia Pacific region, the social media platform has an engaged user base that’s well above the rest. Facebook also offers a wealth of powerful tools and analytics for businesses to keep their customers engaged at each stage of the funnel.

Pre-hype Campaigns

A recommended first step is to start building some pre-sale hype. During the actual sales event, your customers will be inundated by offers and may feel overwhelmed. A prospecting pre-hype campaign could be either a static image or a video that excites the customer about what’s to come, without giving away too much information.

You could also direct the traffic to a dedicated landing page that specifically advertises the upcoming sales event. Customers love exclusivity and don’t want to feel FOMO, so a limited-time offer of a special discount in exchange for their email address will be hard to pass up. This is valuable digital real estate; the email address can be used for retargeting and upselling purposes later while also keeping them abreast of the sale.

An additional benefit of using video on Facebook advertising is that you’re able to retarget people who watched a certain percentage of it but didn’t make a purchase or hand over their email address. It can also be used to create lookalike audiences; helping finesse your marketing machine.

Sales Day Campaigns

Competition for clicks and screen space will be high, so a winning creative and call to action is necessary. The best kind of creative to use on Facebook is user-generated content; this looks and feels organic and is similar to other posts that users will be scrolling through on their feeds. Facebook’s automatic placement option helps extract maximum value for your advertising dollars, as it helps you reach a wider audience spread across Messenger, Audience Network, Marketplace, and more.

If you run a store with dozens of products, consider using dynamic product ads. This popular ad category leverages the unique behaviors and interests of Facebook users and shows them only the relevant products from your store in a carousel format. Dynamic ads are catered specifically to relevant user interests and are particularly useful for ecommerce stores that serve users across multiple product lines and categories.

Post-purchase and Retargeting

Both post-purchase and retargeting ads are important components of your digital strategy. For example, it’s up to five times easier to sell to existing customers than to acquire new ones, which is why marketing to people who have already bought from you is necessary.

A retargeting ad can be aimed both at people who initiated an action such as add to cart or view product as well as those who purchased from you in the past. This is an effective tactic if you run a brand with a high number of repeat purchases such as coffee beans or workout supplements. Facebook’s retargeting tools are extremely robust as long as the Facebook Pixel and Conversions API tool have been set up properly on your site. Learn how the Facebook Discovery Commerce system can help you anticipate shopper needs for the holidays here.

 


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Black Friday Sales 2020: The fashion, beauty and tech deals to keep tabs on

Brand Promotion
Sephora From 15% off select products when you shop online on Black Friday
Zalora Up to 70% off storewide
Asos Up to 70% off storewide
Care to Beauty TBA
Cotton On 30% off everything
Watsons – $24 off minimum spending of $120 using promo code ‘24BLACK19’
– $12 evoucher with minimum $100 nett spent
– Up to 30% off black face masks
– Up to 60% off black beauty products
– Up to 40% off charcoal products
– Buy one get one free promotions
– Free 300ml Bodum Joycup travel mug with minimum $180 spent

Beauty junkies, listen up! Sephora is running a 15% discount on everything on their website for Black Friday alongside other promotions. Just a PSA: Fenty Beauty’s mattemoiselle plush matte lipstick is currently for sale at only $14.50. You know what to do.

At ZaloraBlack Friday sales tie in with Cyber Monday sales, which will be on from 25 to 28 November. Expect a 70% markdown storewide for items ranging from fashion, electronics, household products and health essentials.

From 27 to 30 November, ASOS will have big discounts across 850 brands on their website, including coats, jackets, sneakers, suits, heels, and Instagram-ready party dresses. But if you can’t wait until then, you can always head straight to the outlet section (where it’s always Black Friday) and shop big brands with up to 70% off on their price tags.

Care to Beauty and Cotton On may have yet to announce the exact promotion they’re having, but Black Friday’s definitely happening — just take a look at the countdown timer on their websites. Care to Beauty has also given shoppers a glimpse of the brands that will go on sale on 27 November, while Cotton On promises customers massive savings and stacks of surprises at their best event yet.

If you can’t wait, sign up for both mailing lists for first dibs into their Black Friday sales items.

90,000 Fights, crush and shooting. Black Friday begins in the US

According to the Elite Daily, over the past 10 years, seven Americans have been the victims of “storming the shelves” and more than a hundred were seriously injured. Videos showing customers breaking into stores and destroying everything in their path have become an indispensable attribute of the “day of insane discounts.”

– Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 25, 2016

“Black Friday, in fact, is just another excuse for thugs to make a small mayhem”

Fights and brawls on the first day of sales are common.Retailers often suffer losses due to excessive “activity” of buyers. After the invasion of crowds of discount lovers, many things simply lose their presentation.

Tent camps right in front of shop windows have become a good tradition of American shopaholics. Buyers “are ready to endure the cold of the night,” just to have time to “fill their bags,” the Mirror writes.

– Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) November 25, 2016

“Black Friday: when the last TV was left in the window”.

Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving. It is from this day that the season of sales dedicated to Christmas begins in the USA. Opinion polls show that 59% of Americans take part in Black Friday events. However, the concept of “one day of discounts” is often criticized, in particular by psychologists, who argue that such events increase the level of aggression in society.

Only in America do people violently trample each other for sales exactly 1 day after being thankful for what they already have. #BlackFriday

– NUFF $ AID (@nuffsaidNY) November 25, 2016

Only in America are people having a brutal crush over discounts the day after Thanksgiving for what they have.

90,000 markets, shopping centers, tax free, tips

In this article I will try to tell you everything about shopping in Singapore: where and what to buy, what not to buy, which shopping centers are the best, I will debunk some myths, as well as tips and life hacks.

From this article, you will not know what to bring as a gift from Singapore, you will find a complete list of souvenirs from this country and what you can bring to yourself besides the new iPhone at the link, with prices and recommendations.

Shopping in Singapore

This is one of the national prides and, of course, the main entertainment of the locals, who are proud of their “great” sales known all over the world.

European tourists, including us, often have misconceptions and expectations about shopping in Singapore.

Important Point: In Singapore, you will not find Asian cheap shopping like in China, India or Thailand. There is great shopping here, often with big discounts, but for branded and luxury items, and high-quality electronics.

New collections, novelties, limited editions and so on appear in this city, one of the first in the world.

One of hundreds of shopping centers in Singapore

Keep in mind: if you want to buy a large-sized product in Singapore, for example a sofa from Gucci for a lot of money, then right in the store you can arrange for delivery by “sea” to your home.The store will take all the hassle of registering the goods on itself.

Singapore store opening hours

All shops and shopping centers are open from 9-00 or 10-00 to 21-00 or 22-00. Also in the country there is no concept of a break or closed for lunch. This applies to all branded shopping centers and stores of major brands.

Important to know: shops in Chinatown or LittleIndia are open to business when they want. They do not have a mode of operation and they open and close when the owner or the seller needs it.

Shopping in Singapore: All About Discounts and Sales

There are holidays or well-established periods in Singapore when massive discounts and sales start throughout the city. So, if you are just planning your shopping trip to Singapore, then below are the estimated dates for global sales:

  • European New Year and Catholic Christmas. Discount season starts approximately two weeks before Christmas and lasts another week after the European New Year.
  • Chinese New Year. Sales and discounts start two weeks before the holiday and last another 2 weeks after.

Important to know: the date of the Chinese New Year is different every year. Please check this information in advance. In 2020 it is January 25, in 2021 it is February 12, and in 2022 it is February 1.

  • Also, discounts and sales take place in the off-season, when stores sell out summer or winter collections. Although – this is more a tribute to European traditions, since in Singapore the concept of summer or winter is very conditional.As a result, discounts rarely exceed 30%.
  • But there is one sale that you, as a shopaholic, should know about. Great Singapore Sales – Great Singapore Sale.
    • Waiting for her all year
    • Discounts reach 90%
    • Singaporeans throughout the year make lists of what they need to buy at the Great Sale.
    • Every year, the start of this sale is postponed for several days, but the benchmark is as follows: start in mid-July and finish in mid-August.

The Great Singapore Sale is one of the clear plus points for visiting Singapore. For more details about the pros and cons in Singapore for tourists, follow the link.

The Shoppes is one of the largest shopping centers in Singapore, with its own river and gondolas

Shopping Centers, Markets and Duty Free Singapore: Map

Below is a list of the largest shopping centers and markets in Singapore. In each of them, if you wish, you can spend the whole day. They are huge, and the abundance of shops, brands and boutiques is off the charts.

Important to know: there are more than 100 large shopping centers in Singapore, they are everywhere and everywhere. Sometimes it seems that this city is one continuous shopping center.

  • Suntec City Mall is a huge shopping center relatively in the city center. The Fountain of Wealth is located right in the mall and is included in the Guinness Book of Records. Metro stations: Esplanade (orange line) or Promenade (blue line) and then follow the navigation arrows without even rising to the surface. More than 350 brand stores from all over the world.
  • The Shoppes is another mega giant of the Singapore trade, which is no less than the previous one. The Shoppes even has its own river with gondolas and gondaliers and you can ride. The advantage of this shopping center is that it is located in the very center and is part of the most famous Marina Bay Sands hotel. From the hotel room, you can practically get into the shopping center in slippers.
    • Metro Station – Bayfront (blue line).
    • Since the shopping center is located in the very center of the city and is designed for wealthy hotel guests, then the prices and brands are appropriate here.But on the minus 1 floor there is a large and relatively cheap food court of all Asian cuisines.
  • Hilton and Forum are two shopping centers under one roof at a very elite hotel, the name of which is clear to everyone :). The shopping center is located on the famous Orchard street, about which information will be available very soon. Metro station – Orchard (red line). Only premium brands are represented here, as well as a huge toy store.
  • Vivo City – futuristic architecture and a huge number of mass-market stores with reasonable prices. The shopping center is located on the coast, opposite Sentosa Island. It is from the second floor of this shopping center that a monorail unmanned train leaves for Sentosa Island every 5 minutes. Metro Station – Vivo City (Orange or Purple Line)

One of the best shopping centers in Singapore with reasonable prices and mass market brands

  • Orchard street is the main shopping street of the city. On both sides, all along it is one continuous boutiques and shopping centers. It has everything from istore to gucci. You can skip any of the shopping malls listed above, but Orchard Street cannot be missed.The Great Annual Sale kicks off here.

Orchard Street. The main street for walking and shopping in Singapore.

  • Lau pa Sat is a market in the center of Singapore, near Marina Bay Sands. Today it is one of the largest food courts with hundreds of local fast food and street food outlets. It is also a grocery bazaar, where you can buy fruits or interesting delicacies. I would like to note that the prices for the food court are reasonable, while the prices for the products in the bazaar are quite high. The market is open 24 hours a day.
  • Sungei Road Thieves is Singapore’s largest flea market. People bring their things for sale and sell them right on the street, just like we did in the 90s. In addition to the fact that here you can find used clothes and shoes, there are also antique clocks, furniture, century-old decor items, books and magazines of the last century and other vintage items. Metro station – Jelan Besar (blue line). Open daily until 18-00.
  • Bugis Night Market – Arabian night market. Located on the blue Bugis metro line.Just here you can find inexpensive clothes, equipment, many fakes for famous brands, cheap souvenirs and just have a snack at one of the local street food points.

Singapore Flea Market

TAX ​​Free in Singapore

Any self-respecting shopaholic knows what a TAX Free refund is. And if you don’t know, I can briefly but clearly explain.

TAX Free Refunds are available in many countries around the world. This process is also called VAT return (cotton wool return).VAT – in our opinion, it is VAT – value added tax. If you made a purchase in any country for personal use and take it out of this country, then you are exempted from paying this tax.

In a store, you buy a product at full price with VAT, like all people, and when you cross the border or at the airport, this VAT is returned to you and now you have bought the product at a good price.

In all countries of the world, including Singapore, this process is aimed at stimulating sales for foreigners not residing in this country.

Let’s go back to Singapore, with a one-time purchase from 100 SGD (about $ 80) in almost any store in the city, you will be issued a TAX Free refund paper, you just need to tell the seller about it. It’s free.

All that remains is to present the purchase and the receipt and the issued paper at the Singapore airport and you will be refunded in any way convenient for you: either in cash immediately (in Singapore dollars) or to your card within 7 days.

It is important to know: unlike many countries, VAT in Singapore is only 7% (this is not 20 or 25% like ours).And upon return, a small commission is charged. And if you choose a cash refund, you will receive about 5.5% of the purchase amount, and if you return to the card, then only 5%.

At Changi airport, there are Vatov return points in terminals 1 and 2.

I would also recommend reading the article about duty free in Singapore.

In conclusion, shopping in Singapore is not a cheap pleasure. You can’t find T-shirts for a dollar here, but shorts for 3. There are exclusively branded and designer items. But if you get to the sale, then your happiness will not be the limit.

Sweet prices to you for Gucci and Louis Vuitton!



IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Below is a list of links to help you save money when organizing your own travel to Singapore:

  • Flight : Aviasales is the largest air ticket aggregator. Cheap tickets from Moscow and beyond.
  • Accommodation:
    • Hotelook is one of the best hotel search engines in Singapore.
    • Trivago is its main competitor.The choice, namely in Singapore, is greater, and the prices, plus or minus, are the same. Search both there and there, book where it is cheaper.
  • Attraction Admission: Klook – Discounted tickets to all Singapore attractions. Great resource.
  • Extended insurance: Insurance – extended medical insurance in Southeast Asia and Singapore.
  • Car Rental: EconomyBookings and RentalCars are two of the largest car rental choices in Singapore.
  • Excursions in Russian and not only: Sputnik8 and Tripster – two cool resources with individual guides.
  • Taxis and transfers: Intui – the cheapest and most official transfer from the airport to the hotel. Cheaper and faster than catching a taxi on the spot.

How Black Friday goes around the world (photo) – Ekaterina Avdeeva – Hype

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Black Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the largest and liveliest shopping extravaganzas in the United States.In American culture, a festive turkey dinner and a bargain hunt in the third week of October go hand in hand.

Black Friday has become so popular that retailers in other countries, which traditionally do not celebrate Thanksgiving, have adopted this tradition of crazy sales.

The annual event is not universally observed, although some parts of the world have their own version of shopping frenzy.

What does one of the biggest trading days of the year look like in the world?


Black Friday is one of the biggest and wildest shopping days in the United States.

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This day unofficially kicks off the holiday shopping season.

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Traditionally Black Friday is celebrated with huge discounts and large crowds of impatient shoppers.

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While retailers have begun offering Black Friday deals and competitive online discounts in recent years, most US retailers are trying to lure customers into their stores after Thanksgiving by offering very hot discounts.

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Shopping has become so popular that it has infiltrated cultures that don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving.

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For example, Spain has completely adopted the holiday of discounts.

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Zara and Mango clothing stores in Spain saw a 35% increase in sales in 2017 during Black Friday over the previous year. And the shopping holiday is becoming more and more popular.

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Black Friday is also very popular in Brazil, especially in the electronics field:

Shoppers in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Black Friday 2017 © Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

While Mexico does not officially have Black Friday, its El Buen Fin or “The Good Weekend” is held at the same time as Black Friday. USA.

Shoppers during El Buen Fin in Mexico City © Henry Romero / Reuters

But discounts during El Buen Fin are not as bright as in the United States. Only a few retailers cut the price up to 50%.

© Henry Romero / Reuters

Amazon introduced the Black Friday concept in the UK in 2010 and Black Friday has since become the biggest shopping day here.

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Stores in the United Kingdom are offering discount sales on Black Friday following American Thanksgiving. Although the UK itself does not celebrate this holiday.

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UK chain stores like House of Fraser and Topshop, as well as Amazon, are offering discounts on clothing and electronics on Black Friday.

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As in the United States, the holiday attracts many people who want to buy good merchandise at great discounts. Sometimes it gets to the point of absurdity:

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Police received calls to stores across the UK in 2014 as Black Friday sales escalated into “mini riots.”

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But despite the frenzy around Black Friday, Boxing Day on December 26 is still hugely popular and is also a big day for shopping.

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Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. Traditionally, on this day, the remnants of a festive dinner and unwanted gifts were taken to the poor and the poor. Over time, the holiday has become a popular day for UK shoppers to return unwanted Christmas gifts.

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Retailers have taken this trend and turned Boxing Day into a shopping show of their own.

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Brits spent about $ 4.8 billion on Boxing Day in 2015, compared to $ 2.6 billion on Black Friday that same year.

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Unlike Black Friday, Boxing Day is an official national holiday in the UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa (a link from the colonial days). And has an official day off.

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Jumping in huge queues seems like a busy day.

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Millions of shoppers flock to department stores in London and beyond to find great deals.

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This day is very similar to Black Friday in the United States.

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Although Americans themselves believe the British have outdone them in shopping madness.

Really crazy compared to the United States.I don’t think we have that at all, ”one American shopping tourist who visited the UK for Boxing Day told The Mirror.

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But Boxing Day shoppers are more committed to shopping in traditional stores than online.

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In 2015, about 78% of Boxing Day transactions took place in retail outlets, not online. Although recently, online shopping has become more and more popular.

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In fact, online holiday shopping is gaining traction in many countries.

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Even though India does not celebrate Thanksgiving, online shopping has begun to attract local shoppers, who increasingly used Amazon to find items that are on sale during Black Friday.

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Electronics comes first among the purchase items here.

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But this is only online. Black Friday doesn’t work here when it comes to in-store shopping.

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India’s main shopping day is during the ancient Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. During this celebration, millions of lanterns illuminate homes and streets around the world.

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This day is also known for mass shopping.

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The first day of the five-day festival is known as Dhanteras and is where most of the shopping takes place.

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Shops abound with discounts and sales.

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Thousands of people take to the streets in India to buy clothes, jewelry and many other goods at great discounts.

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Many people buy silver or gold.

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Buying gold during Diwali is considered a symbol of good luck.

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Cookware is also popular.

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During this period, prices have always been reduced, but recently e-commerce has also come into play.

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Amazon and Indian marketplaces such as Walmart’s Flipkart offer discounts on electronics, particularly smartphones, during the annual festival.

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For example, Amazon’s Diwali special this year was a Rs 2,000 or $ 27 discount on the One Plus 6T smartphone, which was first sold in India.

The e-commerce industry, led by Amazon and Flipkart Walmart, is estimated to have grossed about $ 3 billion during the five-day Diwali festival.

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This is still a large sum, even compared to the $ 8 billion generated from online purchases last year on Black Friday and Thanksgiving.

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Chinese retailers generally don’t participate in Black Friday either.

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Instead, Chinese citizens go shopping every year on November 11, just days before Black Friday. This holiday is called Bachelor’s Day.

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The unofficial holiday spread in the 1990s. It served as an opportunity for single young people not to feel inferior in a society where marriage is promoted.

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In 2009, Jack Ma and his company Alibaba used Singles Day as an opportunity to drive more sales. They succeeded, and since then this day has become a day of shopping in the country and beyond. Singles Day is the world’s largest online shopping day, even bypassing Black Friday.

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Chinese shoppers spent a whopping $ 18 billion in 2016 on Singles Day.

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More than twice as many merchandise is sold on that day than during the five days spanning Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday.

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A large chunk of this sales comes from Alibaba, which single-handedly “made” $ 14 billion in 2015 alone.

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Other retailers such as JD.com, have also joined Alibaba to offer up to 70% off on Singles Day.

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Alibaba also plans to reach traditional stores, so Bachelor Day may well end up turning into a chaotic, massive and spontaneous Black Friday.

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Recently, Black Friday is gaining more and more popularity in Russia. Big sales start on October 22nd and last 4 days.

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90,000 How to Save in Singapore. 7 Proven Tips For A Budget Vacation

Waste all the money for one night in a hotel? Easily! It is not for nothing that Singapore is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world. The prices here can empty your wallet in a short amount of time. Skyscanner advises how to visit Singapore and not be left penniless.

1. Forget about the stars

Most of the money spent by travelers in Singapore is spent on housing.According to the Singapore Tourism Bureau, a hotel night costs an average tourist a whopping 219.3 Singapore dollars (S $). In neighboring Bangkok, you can live for three days for the same money. Stay in hostels to save money. Don’t be intimidated by the name, Singapore hostels are nothing like a dozen-berth-smelling backpacker’s sock barracks. For $ 30 you get a bed, and for $ 100 you get a clean and bright room in the very center of the city (Chinatown, Serangoon, JLn Besar streets), where most of the hostels are located.

Lifehack: the cheapest hostels tend to occupy the upper floors of buildings. Keep your eyes open: the signs are often invisible, and the entrance looks like a simple door, “sandwiched” between shops or cafes. If there is a call, press until it opens.

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2.

Eating at street food courts

Average bill in a restaurant – 20-40S $ per person.You can save money if you eat at street food courts. Do not worry about the quality of the food: everything is served with fervor, with heat. Food courts are very popular – office clerks and respectable businessmen, local patrons and casual tourists will be loudly eating noodles in your neighborhood. Of course, with plastic plates and chopsticks. This pleasure costs ridiculous money for Singapore – $ 4-6S per serving.

Lifehack: To fill up the day ahead, we recommend ordering a signature Singaporean dish Laksa.This is a thick noodle and seafood soup that is cooked in coconut milk and chili. One plate can feed a couple of hungry Robin Bobbins.

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3. Buy ready-made food in FairPrice supermarkets

Supermarket is a lifeline for tourists who cannot afford to dine in restaurants. In Singaporean supermarkets, you can buy ready-to-eat or convenience foods to reheat in the hostel.The most expensive products will cost you in the online stores Cold Storage and Marketplace. If you’re looking to save some money, look for signs from FairPrice, the cheapest supermarket chain in Singapore. The cost of food depends on the location: the farther from the central regions, the cheaper.

Lifehack: If there is no FairPrice supermarket nearby, you can buy food in small Chinese shops. Prices in unnamed stores are lower than in the popular 24/7 chain 7/11.

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4.Buy pass

If you are planning to stay longer in Singapore, we recommend getting an EZ-Link Pass. It is sold in the windows at the subway entrance for $ 15S, 10 of which is your travel balance. You can use your EZ-Link card to pay on the MRT metro, LRT monorail, city buses, some shops and restaurants. The advantage is that with the pass you can save up to S $ 0.7 on each trip. To compensate for the cost of the card itself (5S $), you need to make more than 12 trips.

Lifehack: Many sites advise purchasing a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited city travel.The cost of a one-day pass is 20S $. If you return it back within five days after purchase, you will receive 10S $. It is beneficial to use the pass if you have a busy program and you will be driving around the city all day. For example, upon arrival you will check into the hotel, during the day you will take a walk in the Botanical Garden, and in the evening – along the embankment.

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5. Walk

The surest way to save money on transport is not to use it.Singapore is small, all the sights are close at hand. The path from Chinatown to the embankment with skyscrapers will take no more than half an hour. This is a good way to get to know Singapore from the non-tourist side and observe the life of the locals. If you don’t feel like planning a route, join free walking tours from Indie Singapore or Monster Day Tours. Local students and activists will take you on a free tour of Singapore’s attractions.

Life Hack: The Singapore Tourism Bureau has long been working on Your Singapore, a travel guide to the city’s attractions, restaurants and entertainment.There is a Walking Trails map especially for hikers who like to walk.

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6. Visit free attractions

Singapore is full of interesting places with free admission. During the day, you can visit the Baba House, the oldest university museum, the NUS Museum, or the main mosque in Singapore. If it gets too hot, relax amidst the tropical jungle of the Botanical Gardens, or take a walk along the cable car in the unique Southern Ridges parkland. And a tour of the Garden By the Bay park of the future will not cost you a penny. A must-see evening on Singapore’s main waterfront, snapping pictures of a giant ship hotel and a crowd of Chinese retirees. Every day at 20:00 and 21:30 a light and sound show is held here, during which dozens of floodlights on the hotel building illuminate the sky with colorful rays.

Lifehack: The famous Marina Bay hotel is one of the main attractions of Singapore.You can’t get there for free, only guests are allowed. But there is a trick: right through the hotel there is a suspended path to the Garden by the Bay. If you get inside, take a look at the main hall from a height of 22 meters.

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7. Go to Sentosa

Singapore is a port city, so you shouldn’t swim on the local beaches. But nearby is the entertainment island of Sentosa, which is full of good beaches.Usually tourists get to the island on the Sentosa Express monorail for $ 4S. To save money, you can walk about 700 meters across the covered bridge. Previously, when entering the island, you had to pay 1S $, but until December 2020, this fee was canceled.
The Sentosa Express monorail first stops at the Universal Studios amusement park, and then takes tourists to the central beach on the other side of the island. If you board at this station, you will not have to pay for the fare, since all transport in Sentos is free.There is a bus from the central beach along the embankment, you can see all the beaches in a day and not spend a penny.

Lifehack: if your budget allows, be sure to go to the Universal Studios amusement park on Sentos. The ticket price for an adult is 79S $, for a child under 12 years old – 59S $. Check out the Promotions section for great deals.

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