Monday, 09 December 2019
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Tips for Purchasing Online - Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Chinese Singles Day.

Looking for a bargain! Your online shopping list is ready.  Today is Chinese Singles Day. Black Friday, Cyber Monday are just over the horizon.  Take advantage of this opportunity to find deals and bargains online.  

Black Friday Cyber Monday Chinese Singles Day

Many international shopping sights are offering November bargains.Some are even offering pre-sale sales, warm-ups, lighting deals and flash sales. 

Popular sites for inexpensive clothing deals try Shein or Asos. Try Ioffer.com for handbags, jewelry, men's & women's clothing.

Joom is another website that offers anything from clothing and kitchen products to neon strobes for your tyres and digital alcohol breath-testers. It's much like Aliexpress so don't expect high quality. But, if you are looking for a mosquito repellent patch that you can pin on your baby's clothes (yes, this is what they advertised!!!!) then this is the website for you.

Looking for well known brands of make up at half the price, try the Polish website Lady Make-up - you'll fall over when you see their prices! Lady Make-up's prices are half of those on Strawberrynet.

Gadgets & Electronics

Geekbuying is recommended for electronics.  A pair of bluetooth wireless earphones cost between 25NIS - 1,460 NIS.  A Redmi Note 8 mobile phone is selling for 637NIS as opposed to 949 NIS from one of our local dealers.  Gearbest's prices start at 8NIS and go up to 750NIS for bluetooth wireless earphones. Remember there are duties on any import to Israel over $75.

Some of our local readers recommended Zabilo for small and large electronics and appliances.

Tips for buying clothing online

Choose the right size - take your actual measurements and compare them to the website's size chart.  Even though 100cm is supposed to be 100cm, when it comes to clothing the actual size isn't always the label size. Chinese sizes are much smaller and you might even need to order 2 sizes larger than you normally do.  

Watch out for scams and only buy from trusted sites. Read the product description and customer reviews carefully. Remember that photographs of the products can be deceiving. Clothes described as pure cotton arrive and they are not even close to 50 per cent cotton.   We've encountered seams that come apart as you try the item on. A tote described as being made from 'easy to wash canvas' turned out to be made of plastic.

Returns

In spite of easy return-policy claims by the vendors, often there is little you can do if the goods you received are not what you ordered. Returning the item in its original packaging is often a condition and you will probably have to pay the shipping costs back to the vendor. Be prepared to to shrug off bad purchases on the odd occasion.

You might never get your parcel if it is addressed to a Post Office Box.  Use your street address especially for large items.

Item value

Make sure that the value of the goods listed by the vendor is in accordance with import charges, taxes and VAT regulations.  If your package is valued at $76 instead of $75, you will be liable for taxes.

20 top websites for Black Friday& Cyber Monday

Chinese Singles' Day sales 2019 - half way through

It took only 63 minutes and 59 seconds for sales to hit 100 billion yuan ($14.3 billion). The first billion yuan was spent in the first 68 seconds, according to Alibaba. Singles' Day has broken sales records every year in its 10-year history.

Shop at Macy's

Has shopping at Macy's been one of your dreams?  The Macy's website has wonderful, quality items on offer.  The have a great sale on now with some items discounted by 60%.  A Michael Kors bag that sells for over 1,000 NIS was on offer for 355 NIS however the shipping costs to Israel for this item were about 140 NIS.

Shop online in Israel

Shufersal has expanded their online shopping options and you can now purchase beds, book shelves, mobile phones and even a baby monitor.  There November special offer is a 200 NIS voucher off your next purchase (in selected departments only).  A Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 at the Shufersal was 20 NIS less than at KSP but if you are able to use the voucher for something else, that works out to a fairly decent deal.  Shufersal's price on the Dyson V11 vacuum cleaner is 350 NIS less than KSP.

  • November deals or not, use Zap to compare prices of products all year round.  Zap used to be for electronics only but now you can compare holiday packages, furniture, security cameras and even motor bike helmets.
  • Don't lose your sensibility over an item that sounds like a deal to good to be true.
  • Leave an honest review after you have received your goods - others are relying on your experience to make wise shopping choices.  If there are no reviews, steer clear.

Building a website? Need a domain?

November deals abound this month.  You can buy an inexpensive hosting package for $36 a year and get a free domain (a $15 value).  Looking for a plugin, extension or template for your Wordpress or Joomla website? There are 30%, 40% and even larger discounts on offer this month.  GoDaddy is offering COM domains for $2.50 - that's a good deal if you can find one with relevant SEO criteria.

Is it worth it?

Manage your shopping! Online or offline - make a list and stick to it. Just because a mobile phone cover is $1.50 doesn't mean you should order 10.  We need to exercise good shopping habits, set a good example and teach our children how to shop as well. 

We don't wait for Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Singles Day - we buy what we need, when we need it. Over the years, we have bought all manner of things online.  The most controversial item we ever bought was supposed to be a large slotted spoon for lifting and draining food items like pasta or deep fried food.  Everyone who sees it in our home wants to know why we keep a cat-poop-scoop in the kitchen...a perfect example of the advertised product not matching the item delivered but it definitely does the job.

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