8 key hacks to ensure safe and efficient shopping experience on 11.11 Singles Day

Found 11th Nov 2017
  • Use your desktop instead of mobile site or app

82% of sales were clocked in through mobile apps in 2016 as a result; the app was crashed often for a small span of time.

  • Check the product ships to Singapore

Before going through the entire process of checkout make sure that it ships to Singapore to avoid the disappointment later.

  • Collect as many coupons beforehand in the game

Many sites give out discount coupons when you play the game or spin the wheel right before the sale so it is important to do the bit in advance to rake in more savings.

  • Avoid Freight forwarders

This is important not just to save on the extra moolah but to save on time to co-ordinate with them and realize in time of deal being not available anymore.

  • Be well-versed with Card discounts & Promo Codes as applicable

Yes, additional discounts can be obtained from stipulated bank cards or even promo codes; not advisable to look out for one last minute to run out on max redemptions. So look for terms and conditions prior to make most of it on the sale day.

  • Electronics above $400 will levy 7% additional GST charges

In addition to the shipping charges, Custom charges can be levied for certain products not including electronics however, 7% GST would be applicable on electronics products above $400 shipped from overseas into Singapore.

  • Change the currency to the local home currency of the site

On International sites Dynamic Currency Conversions charge is applicable to dynamically convert to Singapore Dollars which works out expensive always as compared to the actual currency rate for the day.

  • Create an Alipay account

Alibaba, Taobao and Tmall only accept payment through Alipay when you pay for the shopping during checkout so; open a free account on Alipay if you plan to shop on one of these sites.
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