If it seems like you’ve been spending more time online shopping this year, you’re not alone — online retail is thriving in this climate as more of us are opening up to buying a whole range of goods over the Internet. That said, one pro tip we can offer would be this: always, always look out for sales.
Of course, one date to keep on your radar is 9 September, which marks the start of year-end online sales. And if you’re talking about a wide variety of offerings at affordable prices, popular mobile shopping platform Taobao takes the cake. Essentials, beauty products, fashion wear, electronic appliances, furniture, and even local delicacies, you name it, they’ve got it listed to the brim.
This year, Taobao will be having their annual 9.9 sale, called the 99 Mega Sale, from now till 11 September.
You get to enjoy hongbaos, free international shipping deals, free local deliveries, or flash promo codes that go to the most savvy shoppers — they’re even introducing livestreams dedicated to Singapore shoppers where you can interact with and learn about more exciting offers from the platform’s growing lineup of local sellers.
Read on for some of the best promotions you can look forward to during Taobao’s 99 Mega Sale.
1. Free international shipping!
free International shipping
Not sure where to start? One money-saving tip would be to go for items and brands that offer free international shipping. For ease of convenience, Taobao has created an exclusive landing page with a list of items that offer free shipping, with a min. spend of RMB299 (~$60) on popular items across multiple categories. In fact, from 9 September – 20 October, shop from this channel and you might win a cashback hongbao for 11.11, their next sale in November.
taobao Official Shipping Mega Promo
Other free shipping details include the Taobao Official Shipping Mega Promo, where you can snag promo codes to offset overseas shipping. Available in limited quantities, these include a RMB230 (~$46) shipping hongbao to offset your first 0.5m³ worth of sea shipping, or RMB22 (~$4) hongbaos to offset your first kg of shipping. This is applicable only to orders being shipped to local addresses.
2. NEW! Dedicated Taobao Livestreams for Singapore Shoppers
Taobao will be introducing livestreams to entice local shoppers with deals, while the host will also share tips on how to maximise your savings during their 99 Mega Sale — tune in, and you’ll also be rewarded with exclusive promo codes! This includes a RMB60 (~$12) promo code, as well as free shipping deals and discounts from SG sellers.
The livestreamed sessions will be accessible on the Taobao app, on 9 – 10 September, at 9PM. Mark your calendars as you won’t want to miss this out!
3. More Promo Codes, Exclusive Deals, and Cross-Shop Discounts
up to RMB99 hongbaos
You’ve already heard about some of the shipping deals and exclusive promo codes. Guess what, we’re not done! Across the site, you can try your luck at snapping up hongbaos worth up to RMB99 (~$20), by tapping into the app between 12am and 12pm, from 9 – 11 September.
On top of that, for those who want to go big on adding multiple items to their carts across various categories, know that there are also Cross-Shop Discounts between Taobao and Tmall. Enjoy RMB30 (~$6) off RMB300 spent on participating Tmall shops and RMB15 (~$3) off every RMB200 spent on participating Taobao shops, from 9 – 11 September. These discounts are stackable with existing hongbao and promo codes.
Taobao Mart Exclusive Deals
If you love food and are keen on food-related offerings, you’re in luck. Snatch up to RMB100 (~$20) shop vouchers from SG sellers and enjoy local free delivery (with min. spending), 1-for-1 bundles, RMB99 deals and more! These discounts apply to hot items, such as seasonal Mid-Autumn mooncakes and abalone sets, or crowd favourites such as luosifen, yogurt drinks, xiaolongxia (mala crayfish), bird’s nest drinks.
4. Kinohimitsu x Taobao Pop-Up Store
During the 99 Mega Sale event, Taobao has also partnered with a well-loved Singapore health and wellness brand, Kinohimitsu, for a pop-up store at Suntec City mall, from 9 September. The space will showcase some of Kinohimitsu’s best products, including their popular collagen drinks, as well as feature exclusive bundles, and partner products that are making their first appearance in Singapore, and come with free international shipping.
To celebrate this opening, from 9 – 11 September, Kinohimitsu will be offering up to 60% off storewide, and 50% off exclusive Kinohimitsu Collagen Diamond bundles, both offline and online! Exclusively at the pop-up store, however, Taobao users can redeem an additional RMB25 (~$5) shop voucher, while the first 500 customers who spend RMB599 (~$120) and above will receive a free facial mist spray.
The Kinohimitsu x Taobao Pop-Up Store is located at the Kinohimitsu store at Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd, #01-K4 West Wing, Singapore 038983, from 9 – 11 September 2020. Shop Kinohitmitsu online here.
5. Credit Card Promotions
From 9 – 11 September, you can also enjoy up to $12 off with Citibank credit card and other banks’ participating credit / debit cards. Collect a waiver voucher and pay with your SG credit / debit card to get the 3% service fee waived as well. Here’s a list of the payment promotions:
- Citibank Cards — Get $12 off with Min. Spend of S$100 [First 500 Daily]
- Standard Chartered Credit Cards — Get $12 off with Min. Spend of S$100 [First 300 Daily]
- UOB Debit / Credit Cards — Get $9 off with Min. Spend of S$90 [First 200 Daily]
- DBS Debit / Credit Cards — Get $6 off with Min. Spend of S$100 [First 200 Daily]
In limited quantities only, these discounts are stackable with existing shop vouchers and promo codes.
Taobao 99 Mega Sale, from 9 – 11 September. bigsale.tmall.com
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