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The e-commerce industry in Southeast Asia is booming, including here in Singapore. In a Google-Temasek report released last year, e-commerce has shown to be among the fastest growing sectors of the last three years, with turnovers of more than US$23 billion in 2018.
Whether you need to buy clothes, household appliances, furniture, kitchenware, tech products, you can now make purchases anytime, anywhere with the click of a few buttons, and sometimes save money doing so.
To help you stretch your precious dollars, we’ve combed through 5 of Singapore’s biggest and best online shopping platforms and compiled some of the best deals this week.
Do share this article with your fellow online shopping deal hunters and help them save too!
Celebrating their 7th birthday today, Lazada was started in 2012 with the aim of becoming the “Amazon of Southeast Asia”. Today, Lazada is one of the biggest e-commerce sites used by consumers in Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.
Since 2012, Lazada has grown from strength to strength. In 2017, Lazada acquired RedMart, an online grocery platform. RedMart was just recently integrated onto the Lazada website and app. RedMart provides Lazada with an arm in the online grocery space, strengthening Lazada’s position as one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia.
Special Deal This Week: It’s Lazada’s 7th birthday today, making it the best day to grab items on sale on the Lazada App. Lazada is offering presents for everybody up to 90% off + $777 vouchers + 1,500 Flash Sales + Up to 15% Upsized Cashback. Join in Lazada’s birthday party on the Lazada app to play games, collect vouchers and slash prices.
Shopee was founded in 2015, starting as a marketplace similar to Carousell where buyers and sellers can make transactions. It is now an e-commerce powerhouse accessible on desktop, mobile and the dedicated Shopee mobile app.
Shopee saw their annual Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) in 2018, a representation of e-commerce transactions, cross $10 billion for the first time, showing an impressive 117% growth in 4Q2018 alone.
Special Deal This Week: Shopee is offering a lowest price guarantee flash sale from 25 to 27 March 2019. For new Shopee users, get up to 8% in cashback when you shop via ShopBack, capped at $8 for first transaction.
Taobao is a Chinese e-commerce platform owned by Alibaba. Taobao has become the go-to site for all young couples planning their HDB renovation. From lightings to furniture and toilet appliances, Taobao has got you covered. Taobao offers these products at competitive prices.
EZBuy is an e-commerce platform strongly linked to Taobao. Acting as a middleman, EZBuy helps consumers shop on online e-commerce sites in overseas markets, buying on the consumers’ behalf. Get up to 3% cashback when you use ShopBack to shop on EZBuy.
Special Deal This Week: 28th March is Taobao’s Member’s Day. On this special day, Taobao is offering: 1) 50RMB Hongbao with every 299RMB spend 2) 3% service fee waiver with any local Debit/Credit card payment and 3) Free Shipping on selected Tmall Signature products. Besides the member’s day special, you can purchase Taobao’s products of the month at up to 55% off and receive up to 10% off vouchers.
Started in 2010, Qoo10 is one of the earliest entrants to the e-commerce space in Singapore. Though they started from selling baby products and clothes, Qoo10 is now a giant e-commerce platform, selling everything from food to fashion and household products.
Qoo10 has a strong loyalty programme, allowing customers to get special coupons, Qpoints, Qstamps and more. Qoo10 is also looking to officially launch its blockchain-based e-commerce site, QuuBe this year. With blockchain technology, QuuBe could reduce costs in processing payments, removing the need for service or transaction fees usually imposed on online sellers.
Special Deal This Week: Get up to 2% cashback from ShopBack when you shop on Qoo10. Qoo10 also has an ongoing Great Singapore beauty sale offering up to 80% Qoo10 discount.
Started in 2010, AliExpress is an online retail service based in China. AliExpress is owned by Alibaba, the same parent company that owns Lazada and Taobao. AliExpress is a global ecommerce site with strong presence in Russia and Brazil. As the most popular e-commerce website in Russia, AliExpress has recently launched an online ordering option for car consumers in Russia.
Special Deal Of The Week: AliExpress’s anniversary is 28-31 March. AliExpress is now offering up to 50% off as well as a discount for 2 where you get up to 80% offwhen shopping with a friend. AliExpress is also offering bundle deals up to 60% off and up to US$300 million in coupons.
Save Even More On Your Online Purchases
Save more when you spend by getting cashback on your purchases! With ShopBack’s Mega Payday Sale, enjoy sales of up to 80% off, seller vouchers and exclusive upsizes!
You can also buy your groceries with Cold Storage and Giant Online with up to 7% Upsized Cashback till 28 Mar. Going out this weekend? Reserve your tables with Eatigo and Quandoo to get up to $6 Upsized Cashback till 29 Mar.
In addition, ShopBack’s Refer-A-Friend campaign (happening now until 31 March) rewards you with cashback for every friend you refer as a ShopBack user!
|ShopBack’s Refer -A-Friend Campaign|
|Refer 1 Person||$5|
|Refer 2 People||$10|
|Refer 3 People||$30|
|Refer 4 People||$40|
|Refer 5 People||$50|
Savings, insurance and investing should form the foundation of how you plan your paycheck, but if you are going to spend money on necessary purchases, making the best of the deals available is the smart thing to do.
Even if you’re not planning to do any online shopping, there are other ongoing promotions on ShopBack that allow you to earn bonus cashback from other purchases during this promotional period.