If shopping marathons could be emulated in Singapore, the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) would be a very close representation. When and how often this brilliant local shopping season happens, you wonder? Annually prep your wallets and credit cards for the months of June till August as the Great Singapore Sale spans across many brands islandwide, with discounts running up to 70 percent. Here’s a fun fact: the Great Singapore Sale was originally held for a month during its inception in 1994 but due to its sheer success, was held annually from then on. Here’s another thing: if you thought the Great Singapore Sale is for the average shopaholic, you thought wrong.
TIP #1: Set to happen from 8 June to 12 August 2018, do check back here for the best deals!
Dubbed as Singapore’s biggest sale, you’ll get deals on just about everything: from fashion to food, to even spa treatments and hotel stays—it’s the whole lifestyle package for the entire family. Best part of it all? The Great Singapore Sale only gets better every year. The Great Singapore Sale in 2017 was jam-packed with interactive events islandwide headlined by popular local personalities as well as partnering with companies like UnionPay and GoSpree just so you’ll have an unforgettable GSS experience.
Here are some highlights from The Great Singapore Sale 2017 so you’ll know why there aren’t any reasons why you should skip on this exciting annual event in the years to come:
1. Going Digital With GoSpree:
The Great Singapore Sale partnered with Singapore Retailers Association’s mobile app GoSpree, which gave shoppers exclusive offers for more savings all in one digital space. Talk about getting the best of both worlds!
In 2017, 330 retailers participated islandwide, which 90 brands offered UnionPay exclusive offers, while 200 brands participated on GoSpree with S$500,000 worth of eCoupons up for redemption.
3. Elevating Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Family:
The categories of promotions offered are extensive and all-fulfilling: ‘Beauty & Wellness’; ‘Fashion & Accessories’; ‘Gifts & Specialty’; ‘Home & Living’; ‘Shopping Malls’; ‘Sports & Lifestyle’; ‘Telco & Technology’; and ‘Watch & Jewellery’ under shopping, while dining carried ‘Cafes & Snacks’ and ‘Restaurants & Bars’ with hotels and attractions being self-explanatory. If you’ve run out of ideas on how to spend Family Day, The Great Singapore Sale is surely something you can throw into the mix to switch it up.
TIP #2: You’ll be pleased to find your favourite brands and department stores like Takashimaya listed. A good shopper would look up for their favourites in the list prior to hitting the shops. Not only do you save time but you might just discover exclusive deals and events happening on the website prior to your visit. Win-win all around!
4. Events Galore GSS-Style:
Any large scale event in Singapore is incomplete without celebrities and activities lined with excitement and prizes to win. The Great Singapore Sale is no different. Think popular radio DJs, free popcorn and cotton candy as well as a whole lot of giveaways. With the Great Singapore Sale, it’s all about sweetening the deal that’ll get to even the most passive of shoppers.
1. INDULGE THE STYLISH YOU:
Up your style with the latest trends when your favourite e-commerce websites like Asos, Reebonz and Zalora to slash their prices during the Great Singapore Sale; it’s the perfect time to enable your shopping tendencies and reinvent your wardrobe. If online shopping isn’t your thing, hit up retail stores like Topshop, Banana Republic or department stores like Metro. Whether it’s a bag you’ve been eyeing for the past 6 months or a stylish suit that hits all the right areas, there’s no reason why you should be waiting out on an otherwise great deal (and empowering yourself with a snazzy new look).
2. PUTTING YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD:
Clothes might not be at the top of everyone’s lists. Sephora and beauty lovers alike, rejoice! We know how the receipt game is like for you after a day of shopping, which is why the Great Singapore Sale is the ideal time to restock and acquire the trendiest colours for the season. Check crowd favourites like The Body Shop and Watsons to make the most of your GSS visit so as to not miss out on fantastic savings.
3. FOR THE TECH WHIZ:
If you’re a frequent visitor of the quarterly held IT Shows, the Great Singapore Sale is another headliner you should be adding to your list. Aside from Lazada and Fave, hit Harvey Norman and Sony for your favourite tech pieces at bargain prices—we know there can never be enough tech to go around.
4. EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN:
You might not be into clothes, beauty items or fond of gadgets but don’t worry, the Great Singapore Sale has your back. From lifestyle items—we’re talking brands like Muji and Marks and Spencer—and fitness brands—think Adidas, Nike and Royal Sporting House—to even Mothercare for all your mummy needs, you can expect to find a brand or item you love at a great price thanks to the Great Singapore Sale.
For those visiting Singapore as a tourist, you won’t be any less included in the Great Singapore Sale frenzy. Tax refunds are a godsend: you can claim a refund on the Goods and Service Tax (GST) paid on your purchases of more than $100 at participating retailers. Just keep an eye for the ‘Tax Free’ shopping logo or sign displayed at the store, or simply check with the retailer if your purchases are eligible for the tax refund. There are currently four Central Refund Agencies in Singapore, which are located at Changi Airport, HarbourFront and Marina South.
With something as large scale as the Great Singapore Sale, it’s important to keep tabs on all the deals and promotions happening. Keep checking this space on Cardable as we bring all the latest savings on one page so you’ll never lose track on the best bargains in town.