GSS 2018 | 9 Reasons why shopping online is better than shopping in-store

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Its that time of the year again, Singapore’s favourite shopping season (a.k.a The Great Singapore Sale GSS) is back! Brick-and-mortar stores have acknowledged that business has been slow despite the big discounts. Where are all the shopaholics hiding?

Singapore’s revenue in the eCommerce market amounts to USD $3,968 million in 2018, and 68.6% of Singaporeans reported shopping online. What’s so good about online shopping this GSS?

Grab your wine and your pyjama pants, and read on to find out why we love online shopping so much!

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1. Skip the long queues at the cashier and the changing room  

This is by far the best reason to shop online – who wants to queue up and sweat it out in Singapore’s humid weather before even getting into your favourite shop? Save yourself the time, trouble and discomfort of fitting room queues and long cashier lines this GSS. Here are some ideas on where to start your shopaholic adventures:

Zara – Great Sales Online and in Store

Our favourite Spanish fast fashion company. Keep up with the newest fashion trends here, and look like you’ve stepped out of a fashion magazine!

What’s more Zara offers FREE delivery on orders above S$79 and returns within 30 days, just stick on their label and send it to any Singapore Post office, or drop it off at any Zara store.

Zara’s Great Singapore Sale starts 21 June, check out their website for more.

Cotton On – Up to 50% off

At Cotton On, there’s something for everyone! Whether you’re finding summer style clothes, athletic wear (Cotton On Body)  or homewares and stationery (Typo), Cotton On has it all. With 50% off this GSS, get twice the stuff for the same price! It’s time to upgrade your wardrobe, just in time for the new school term. Find them at


2. Avoid the crowds

Remember that time you got elbowed by that angsty aunty, or got shoved around on the shopping floor? Or maybe you lost your grandma while she was shopping for crystal vases for her plants. It’s time to treat yourself better. Chill on your bed, laptop open, and save yourself the hassle this Great Singapore Sale (GSS).

…Those party purses and clutches look really enticing, I might get some. Which ones you ask? Oh, why Charles and Keith’s of course!

Charles & Keith – Up to 30% off

Singapore’s favourite fast fashion footwear and accessory store. Wear the latest trends to celebrate the summer and jazz up your outfit! Look no further than for your next summer accessory!


3. You don’t have to carry your shopping

Having to carry all your shopping is really unglam, and tiring. Need I say more.

Let’s all be tai tai’s, stay home while the (cute…haha you wish) delivery guy drops your shopping at your doorstep. Shopping has never been easier, and we’ve only just gotten lazier.


4. Easy to return things

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you’re too lazy to try on clothes at the store, and it’s extra stressful when you’re rushing for time or your friends are waiting for you outside.

What’s a better alternative? Order 4-5 dresses online, try them on and for those that don’t fit or don’t look nice on you, simply return them at any Singpost Office near you. If you want to be cheapo, keep the tags on and wear them for your dinner date, but be careful not to spill anything. Don’t tell anyone I told you this. Refunds and returns are such a blessing!

I can’t recall the countless times I’ve returned my Zalora dresses, sometimes they’re too long, too short but it’s so much more comfortable trying them at home than in the store.

Zalora – Up to 60% off

Get slippers and shoes all the way to traditional clothings like Kudungs and modern Kimonos. Zalora also has a wide range of clothings and footwear and designs exclusive to Zalora to choose from so shop away! Hurry up and grab your laptop and credit cards, Zalora’s sale ends August 2018.

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5. Buy things without anyone knowing

Do you feel awkward shopping for bras and underwear?

Save yourself the embarrassment and shop away online, behind the comforts of your screen, and hidden in your room, where no one can spy on you. Thank me later.

Iminxx – Up to 70% off

Pronounced ‘I’m in XX’, local brand Iminxx believes that lingerie can empower women – it gives you confidence while setting the mood for the day. It’s home to the most delicate of bralettes, super push up bras for crazy cleavage and adorable undies with the cheekiest of prints.

Treat yourself to some Boyleg hipster-cut cheeky undies under $10, non-slip strapless bras with additional $5 off with a discount code, and wireless t-shirt bras under $25.

Grab them here at Iminxx .


6. Use Coupons for more discounts

Get free GSS coupon codes!

Are you too broke but you still want to shop? We have an answer for you…COUPONS!!

There are lots of discount coupons online but it takes too much effort to find and test each one when you’re shopping.

RateX – Get Free Coupon Codes

RateX has it figured all out. RateX is a browser extension that aggregates and tries out all the available coupons for you before you checkout. Furthermore, it helps you save money on providing the best FX rates so you get more out of your money.

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7. Read the reviews

Order gone wrong

Case in point, look at this unhappy customer here.

Yes you might point out, this guy shopped online, hence he got duped, but from experience the same thing could happen offline as well.

This one is just a good tip for all shoppers out there, don’t listen to the salesman, always do your own research first, no matter where you shop. You’ll have a better chance of purchasing the product of your dreams, instead of an unwanted fake product.


8. Gift shopping made easy

Get GSS gifts!

Got a last minute friend’s birthday or your relative just gave birth at the hospital? We got you covered this Great Singapore Sale (GSS)!!

Online shopping makes gift giving so easy and fuss free, gone were the days of walking the entire mall to find the perfect gift. You can just shop wherever and whenever online, be it at school, at work or in the loo.

Sookee Jewellery – Up to 70% off

The perfect gift for that special “friend” of yours. Diamonds and jewellery have never gone for this cheap in a long time. The 70% discount applies to most items, and you could add a $10 off with the code EXTRA10. Grab some bling now at

Toys “R” Us – Online Sales

Give your kids or your friend’s kids a treat this GSS by shopping online for toys from the latest animation movies – Finding Dory, Angry Birds, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Your girl will love the latest offerings on the Disney princesses. FREE delivery on orders above S$40. Pick up a gift now at

Mothercare – 15% off on top of sale which is 75% off selected items

Prepare for your baby with the best baby care site in Singapore, and get FREE delivery for purchases above $60. You’d also get 15% off at the checkout page. Sales last until 8 July 2018. Shop now on


9. Last minute GSS shopping

Last Minute GSS Shopping

So you got your plane tickets and hotels booked, and a full itinerary for 7 days in the Maldives…but wait, you just remembered you lost your Ray Bans on your last holiday in Bali. Fret not, hop online to grab new sunnies so you can look good in all your selfies, and off course to protect your precious eyeballs!!

Capitol Optical – Up to 50% off storewide

Looking for a new pair of spectacles or sunglasses? Look no further! Capitol Optical has an on going promotion for customers to grab a new pair of glasses with the newest design on the market. Choose from brands such as Christian Dior, Maui Jim and Vedi Vero and enjoy $20 off with a minimum spending of $300 or $50 off off with a minimum spending of $500! Use this promo code CAPITOL20 on your next purchase. Hurry and click now as their Sales will end until August 2018.


Shop Away!

So what are you waiting for? Make full use of this GSS and shop away! Overseas merchants such as Taobao cater to Singapore and this sale as well. Remember to check them out and our RateX extension for the latest online coupon codes! 😉

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