If you’ve been on social media lately, I’m sure you’ve realised a string of sale deals being offered by online shopping sites on November 11th (11.11). Realistically speaking, who would ever want to question the existence of a good discount, right? But there is a significance to the 11.11 that’s heavily being advertised: it’s Singles Day!
Origins of Singles Day
According to Telegraph, the date started off as as an “anti-valentine” day, commemorating single people in China in the 90s, specifically by students at Nanjing University. Celebrated on November 11th annually, the date is written as 11.11, causing the day to also be known as “bare sticks holiday” because of how it looks.
In 2009, when the concept of online shopping was being accepted, China’s Alibaba spotted a business opportunity and adopted this concept, turning it into a day for everyone to buy a gift for themselves, regardless of relationship status. Fast forward to today, the celebration has now evolved to becoming the world’s biggest online shopping day, surpassing Black Friday too!
According to Time, Singles Day is now the largest shopping holiday in the world.
Where to get good deals?
From digital cloud services to everyday items, Alibaba is all set for their Global Shopping Festival! Get deals with up to 40% discount on their site. According to The Star, this year is the 10th anniversary and they promised this year’s celebration would be the largest ever. While more items are available on their Malaysian counterpart, Lazada, Alibaba’s cloud sales and services is available for Malaysians too.
From vouchers to discounts and even free gifts, Lazada seems to be really generous this year. With discounts up to 90%, it’ll be no surprise if you end up buying things you never knew you needed. There are also vouchers being offered at 12am, 12pm, 4pm, and 8pm daily so be sure to check their site and it might run out!
There’s a daily sale on Shopee, leading up to the mega sale on the 11th! If you have their app, you can also win coupons, prizes, and Shopee coins daily, with games happening at 11am, 1pm, and 11pm daily.
Zalora’s sale starts tomorrow, with exclusive deals, costing RM49 and below! Whether you’re a guy or girl, shop for your favourite brands for clothes, shoes, bags and accessories, with the sale ending on Nov 11 itself so be quick and make sure you pick out what you want beforehand.
According to SoyaCincau, it’s an in-store sale, exclusive for IKEA FAMILY members during the 11.11 Carnival. The sale will take place on 10 and 11 Nov, and you can check on the items on sale, which include items that are going below RM10, 45% discounts, and 20% off selected dining tables.