It’s official: Singaporeans are now shopping online cross-border more than any other country in the whole of Asia-Pacific. As a digitally savvy population who love to shop, it’s no wonder that the online shopping world continues to grow in Singapore.
One of the best things about shopping online is that there’s an abundance of tips and tricks to ensure you’re paying as little as possible on your purchases – available just at the tip of your fingers! Check out these online shopping hacks for ensuring you get the most fun out of purchasing online, and save a whole lot of cash in the process.
1. Shop at webstores that offer free shipping in both directions (free delivery and free returns)
There are various different tricks you can use to blag free shipping on your purchase. Many retailers offer free shipping coupon codes, but if those aren’t available, try contacting customer service and ask. This may sound a bit extreme, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get, and most brands would much prefer to keep customers happy than save a few pennies on shipping.
If a retailer offers free shipping on the condition that your shopping cart total reaches a certain value, pop a few extra sizes into your virtual basket so that you reach the free shipping minimum. These surplus sizes can then be returned free of charge when you’re ready, but it’s crucial that you check that free returns are offered before trying out this method!
2. Hate that you can’t check your items fit right before buying? Try out a virtual wardrobe!
Singapore’s first virtual wardrobe, Metail, has not long launched and is set to take the online shopping world by storm. We all know how irritating it can be to purchase something online in your regular size, only to find that when it arrives, the sizes cater to a different market meaning the fit is all wrong.
Virtual wardrobes address this by having shoppers enter their weight, height and various other dimensions in order to build a sort of online mannequin that’s a perfect replica of your body. You can then shop with participating retailers, trying different combinations on the virtual model to see what they look like before making any decisions. Pretty neat!
3. Use a coupon code to get a discount on your purchase
Bookmarking a reputable coupon provider like Flipit Singapore and checking your favourite couponing store pages frequently is the best way to grab the best deals. As many promo codes have a limited time span, it can be easy to miss out if you don’t keep on your toes! It’s also worth noting that Wednesdays tend to be the day new offers are released, and popular stores such as Zalora and Lazada tend to launch new codes at the start of each month, so keep your eyes peeled!
4. Shop using a cashback credit card or through a cashback site
There are a whole load of cashback credit cards out there that allow you to earn money as you spend. In fact, there are so many options that it can be hard to know where to start! Check out this handy guide which recommends the best cashback credit card depending on what sort of shopper you are.
Many webstores also run offers specifically for certain card holders, so it’s worth checking out which online retailers partner with which credit card companies (details should be found on bank websites). In addition to this, there’s been a surge in popularity of cashback sites in Singapore recently, where you can earn a small percentage of rebate on every purchase you make, provided you shop via these sites. Always worth a try!
Have your own online shopping hacks you’d like to share? Let us know via the comments box below!