Missed the massive shopping frenzy on Singles' Day? With Black Friday (25 November) and Cyber Monday (28 November) just around the corner, it's time for you to play catch-up with your credit card. Any seasoned online shopper worth their salt will tell you that strategy is everything when it comes to scoring the products you desire at the prices you've dreamed of. Below, we've gathered some pro-tips from parcel forwarding company MyUS that ships over $240 million in e-commerce purchases annually.
1. Get started on your shopping wish-list early
Start building your shopping wish-list before the start of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This way, you'll be able to figure out whether the items you're planning to buy will actually be a good bargain. More and more American retail giants are even expanding their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales — some like Amazon will roll out Cyber Monday deals ahead of the actual date itself, so keep your eyes peeled.
2. Compare online and offline deals
Even if you're not planning to take part in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events this year, do consider cross-checking the prices with those online if you're already browsing a physical store in Singapore — the savings could be huge. A lot of the popular American retailers release their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in advance so shoppers can plan ahead.
3. Use parcel forwarding services
While the price might be right, many cult-favourite US retailers do not ship to Singapore. The quick fix? Sign up for parcel forwarding services such as MyUS to get your own US delivery address. This will enable you to shop across all your favourite American websites. In the case of MyUS, they'll also process customs and duty forms for you. Even if stores do ship to Singapore, parcel forwarding services can help you save more on international shipping charges by consolidating all your packages into one shipment.
4. When in doubt, leave your cart
Shopping varieties in the US are endless, with more and more indie retailers popping up nowadays. But be sure to shop at secure websites only. Retail experts recommend looking for a padlock symbol on the URL bar to determine if the website is safe to shop from. At the very least, the website address should start with "https://...", which indicates if the e-retailer is using secure technology to protect online transaction.
5. Don't discount the return policy
As great as the deals might sound, it is important to check the stores' return policy before diving into Cyber Monday shopping. When shopping overseas, international returns can be troublesome to go through. But with services like MyUS, you can get all the help you need to return your purchases easily. Your MyUS personal shoppers will be able to inspect your purchased items on your behalf, so you can be sure you're satisfied with the purchase before MyUS dispatches the packages to Singapore. This way, you can take advantage of US domestic return policy if needed, and minimise shipping costs for returns.