(This article was first published on 8 October 2019 and has been updated to include the latest deals and promotions.)
Even if you’re a busy Singaporean who isn’t very current on the latest shopping trends, you probably know that many great deals and offers can be had at online platforms if you know where to look, especially during the “New Normal” and era of social distancing.
Here’s everything busy Singaporeans need to know to start using Shopee and maximise savings from the comfort of their home, office, or during their commute.
What Is Shopee – And How Does It Differ From Other Online Shopping Platforms?
When Shopee was first launched for the Singapore market in 2015, it was a marketplace similar to Carousell, which facilitates transactions between buyers and sellers who list their products on the platform for sale. It has since expanded to serve Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Today, Shopee is a hybrid marketplace that allows users to buy from small business owners as well as directly from large brands that want to expand their distribution channels, through Shopee Mall. You can find more 200 brands on Shopee Mall, including Samsung, HP, Calvin Klein, Fila, Agoda, and KitchenAid, just to name a few.
Shopee does not charge sellers listing fees or take a commissions from sales. Instead, it makes money by providing value-added services like convenient payment solutions, integration with last-mile delivery providers, and marketing to their highly-engaged user base.
Shopee’s social integration features allow users to see what their friends or other members of the Shopee community are buying, which complements the regular reviews that are found on most e-commerce platforms.
To give users additional peace of mind, Shopee offers the Shopee Guarantee, which is essentially an escrow service that withholds payment to the seller until the user has received the product in a satisfactory condition as promised.
With that, let’s get started with using Shopee to look for the best deals this shopping season!
#1 Sign-Up For A Shopee Account Using A Referral Code
Even though you can simply sign up for a new Shopee account by visiting the Shopee home page and clicking “Sign Up” or downloading the Shopee app and registering, the best way to do so is to get an existing user to give you a referral code.
When a new customer uses a referral code and makes their first purchase, they enjoy $10 off their first order, while their referring friend receives $5 in cashback (in the form of 500 Shopee Coins). Shopee Coins can be used for all purchases on Shopee and are valid for 3 months from issue.
Generating a referral code is simple. On the Shopee app, go to your Profile and click Refer A Friend to generate your referral code.
#2 Look Out For Shopee Vouchers
Shopee has a Daily Vouchers page which is updated every midnight with the latest deals, including cashback and promotions. For special occasions, there could also be special flash vouchers as well.
Before buying anything, check these pages to see if there’s an item on offer that you’re interested in for instant, time-sensitive savings.
#3 Mark Your Calendars For Daily Flash Sales
There are regular daily flash sales going on at various timeslots throughout the day. Furthermore, there are frequently-launched different limited-time deals by themes or brands.
Its probably too much for any person to keep track of, so the bottom line is, no matter what time you’re doing your Shopee shopping, there’s probably a deal going on that you can take advantage of.
#4 Buy On Shopee Via ShopBack
ShopBack allows you to earn additional cashback when you shop on Shopee via the ShopBack app. This feature is not available when you buy on Shopee using their desktop/mobile website, so you’ll need to install the Shopee app. To ensure your cashback is tracked properly, ensure your Shopee cart is empty before clicking through ShopBack, and use the promo codes featured on ShopBack. The cashback you earn goes into your ShopBack account, which might take a few days to be credited and can be transferred into your bank account (with minimum withdrawal amount of $10).
As of May 2020, Shopee no longer works on the ShopBack platform. We will update this section if this changes in the future.
#5 Check WhatCard And Bank Promotions To Choose The Best Payment Mode
Now that you’ve signed up, found the best vouchers, and have activated Shopback to earn additional cashback from Shopback, you’re now ready to make your payment.
You can use WhatCard to see which credit card would give you the best miles or cashback when shopping on Shopee so that you can optimise your spending even more.
On top of that, you can check to see if there are bank-specific promo codes that will reward you further for using their card to make payment.
#6 See If You Qualify For Shopee’s Lowest Price Guarantee
Shopee has a Lowest Price Guarantee for many items, which promises to return you 200% of the price difference if competitors, which they explicitly name as Qoo10 and Lazada, subject to terms and conditions.
If you found a Qoo10 or Lazada listing that has the same item offered at a cheaper price, you can file a claim, providing valid links and screenshots. Only products with the Lowest Price Guaranteed label are eligible for claims, and each user can only make 1 claim per order, limited to a maximum of 3 claims submission per day.
We hope this introduction into the world of Shopee will be useful in helping you spend smarter and stretch your dollar. If you know of any tips we missed out, do let us know in the comments on Facebook or drop us an e-mail at email@example.com.