Ramping up to the festive season many retailers aim to entice shoppers with lead up sales events. The biggest pre-Christmas sale day in the US happens the Monday after the post-Thanksgiving black Friday sales, it’s called Cyber Monday and this year it’s happening December 2nd.
Australian retailers tried something similar last year called ‘Click Frenzy’, but sadly the organisers weren’t prepared for just how popular an online shopping sales exclusive would be on home soil and the frenzy quickly turned to frustration with many sites crashing under the traffic. With Cyber Monday an established annual event in the US, participating retailers are more than prepared to handle the onslaught of eshoppers that visit their sites to bag a bargain and for Aussie shoppers this also means you. Shopping online is essentially shopping at a global marketplace, an international mall without borders, if it exists online then there’s going to be a way for you to buy it – even if you’re in Australia and the item you want is on the other side of the globe.
There are some great bargains to be found from major retailers like Macy’s, Walmart, Victoria’s Secret and many many more! If you’re keen to hop online and suss out what’s on offer, then there are some things you should do in the weeks prior to the big day:
- Subscribe to website newsletters – some sites might start their sales early or have extra promotional discounts they might only tell subscribers about.
- Make a list of items you don’t want to miss out on – prioritise your purchases, if you think a particular item might sell out fast then be sure to visit that site first.
- Make a note of postage prices beforehand – if you make a point of noting down the different postage prices for the different sites you will visit it will help you to plan ahead on your spending rather than be faced with disappointment at the checkout if the overseas postage prices are more than you were prepared to pay.
- Buddy up with a friend – team up with a friend and save on postage by combining your orders, better yet if they shop one site while you shop another it’ll reduce the chances of you missing out on items that might sell out while you’re shopping elsewhere.
- Know the returns policy – if you’re holding out to spend a significant amount on an item because you’ll save a lot be sure to know the ins and outs of any returns policies that site may have as sales often come with waivers on what you can and can’t return.
And remember – if you’re buying from overseas it’s important to consider international transaction and currency conversion fees as factors that affect the overall price of your purchase. If you plan to use a credit card you could face international transaction fees that can add an extra 3.5% to the cost of purchases. Only a handful of cards like Aussie’s Platinum Low Rate Card have done away with this type of fee on purchases altogether. So before you settle on a final amount in your head be sure to check the details of your payment method so you know exactly how much you’re spending regardless of the currency rate.