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Tuesday is Singles' Day in China, less a celebration of freedom from relationships than a consumer bonanza tacked to the day wtih the most ones in its day (11th day of the 11th month). While much of Europe and the United States will be marking the day by honoring both those killed in action and living military veterans, Chinese consumers will be shopping to the maximum on what is the Chinese Internet's biggest annual shopping day – in 2013, buyers spent over USD 5 billion online on the day.
Electronics are usually the best deals and biggest sellers, but other items such as clothing or household products can often be had for significantly less.
With poppies in our lapels, we bring you 11 Singles Day deals you shouldn't miss:
1. Instant-kill (miaosha) Deals
Some Chinese online shopping sites such as Jingdong or Tmall will offer a few so-called "instant-kill" (miaosha) deals on Singles’ Day. These sites will release certain deals at incredibly low prices at certain times, and you need to be the first one to click on the link to make the deal. There are also some very appetizing free lunch deals but you really need some luck to get them. Here are two best instant-kill deals we found for you for this Singles’ Day:
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 32G for only RMB 11 at Jingdong
The deal will be released at 11.00am, 11/11.
In addition to the instant-kill deals, there are some other great deals for this Singles’ Day:
Costco sold six tons of imported nuts on their website's first day of operation earlier this year.
Some quick notes of how to online shop in China if you have never done so before. Most online shopping sites in China require you to register an account before you can buy stuff from the site. A valid Chinese address and a phone number will be needed to register. Methods of payment differ site by site and product by product. Some products accept payment in cash upon delivery or payment by international credit cards.
Some online shopping sites (Tmall for example) also have an English site now, but the English site can be completely different from its Chinese counterpart. So don’t try to look for the deals we just recommended to you on Tmall or Jingdong’s English sites as you're unlikely to find them there. Click here for English guides to buying through the Chinese sites.
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