November is here which means the annual most anticipated sales events 11.11 Singles Day and Black Friday are coming!
So what’s 11.11 Singles Day and Black Friday all about?
Singles Day, started in the 1990s by a group of university students in China, has since evolved from a simple celebration to mega offline and online sales.
While 11.11 might mark Singles Day, the sales and event are definitely not limited to individuals. In Korea and Japan, Pepero and Pocky sticks are handed out as a form of friendship, as the confectionery resembles the magic number ‘1111’. Thus, what might be Singles Day to some could also double up as Friendship Day!
That’s not all! Some have viewed 11.11 as a second Valentines, opting to escape from their single status with a confession on this day. Because of that, customizable pepero kits are often sold during this season, on places such as Qoo10. These customizable kits allow you to make cute characters and unique pepero sticks! You can write names, add rainbow sparkles and surprise your other half with the well-thought gift. Who said Singles Day can’t have a bit of romance and sentiments in it?
The 11 11 sales of course, then, is as inclusive as it could be depending on how you viewed the meaning of Singles Day. Whether you’re shopping to pamper yourself as a treat for the year’s worth of hard work, or buying someone a gift in time for the following Christmas season, this promotion is not one to be missed.
Black Friday is held on the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US. It is a day of sales on a massive level. Many forgo sleep to queue at physical stores, just to enjoy special Black Friday promos that US retailers have rolled out for their special customers. This signifies the beginning of holiday shopping (especially for Christmas) and therefore, there are a whole host of Black Friday promotions. The name “Black Friday” stems from retail store ledgers finally being “in the black” other than “in the red”. Traditionally, many would scramble and fight in stores for the best Black Friday promotion, but now, with the ability to shop online, shoppers can cut the queue and fuss from the comfort of their home.
This 11.11 Singles Day & Black Friday, plenty of online retailers are joining in the fun giving out great deals and offers – and it is not limited to Taobao or US stores. Sites like ShopBack has amassed a selection of Black Friday Sales and 11.11 Sales specials for you from your favourite Online Shopping Sites: Lazada, taobao.com, TMall, AliExpress, Shopee.
So start planning your shopping spree and add your shopping wish-list to your shopping cart now so you don’t miss out on the best deals and savings.