Shop Like a Pro on Qoo10
Blogshop Haven - Qoo10
The company behind Qoo10 is Giosis Pte. Ltd, a joint venture company formed with eBay, the world's largest online marketplace with the aim of become Asia's leading online marketplace. The Giosis Group currently operates 7 localised online marketplaces in 5 countries including Japan and Singapore and plans to expand into more Asian countries in the near future.
Why bother with crowds, expensive parking, long travel time and fruitless searches when shopping online makes price comparison easy and delivery is oh so convenient?
Shopping on Qoo10 can become a nightmare really quickly, it reminds me of an Asian open-air market where all the retailers are shouting in your ear! With the help of some tips, you can avoid the digital traffic jam and get the best deals ASAP.
Good thing is once you got it down, it means even more savings and excellent deals that make you ask yourself why would you ever pay full price for an item again?
Another perk is, like Amazon, Qoo10 has a feedback segment that offers neutral and authentic information from people who have purchased the product. This has increased my confidence greatly when it comes to online buying.
Also, it doesn't just carry bargain brands, it also carry well-known brands like L'Oreal, Hollister, Longchamp, MCM, SKII, A&F, and SKINFOOD, etc. It also carry limited edition products from Shisedo and Fancl among others. A lot of these products are only available in Japan or Korean.
General Navigation of Qoo10
The site is spilt between Regular deals, Daily Deals, Group Buy, Time Sale, Auction, etc. I usually go to the top right hand corner and click on the tab called "OPEN". (See photo below)
Qoo10 Home Page
Go for Time Sale and Group Buy
I usually head for the Time Sale & Group Buy tabs to find out more. Time Sale is for a limited time only, much like Groupon.
While Group Buy is based on the idea of bulk purchases where each item is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than retail. The best deals are to be found in Group Buy. (see photo below)
One thing to note is that some Group Buy and Time Sale items are not entitled to cart or shop coupons.
I am going to explain the difference below.
Qoo10 Group Buy & Time Sale
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Qoo10 Cart Coupons
If you know how to utilise these coupons and Q stamps for example, it means an additional discount from a particular store or your overall purchase. I find that with these perks, items I have perceive as bargains from the get go actually get even more affordable.
For CART COUPONS, click on the "cart" tab on the upper right hand corner and then click on "Get Q member coupons" right below it. Scroll down to the middle and you will see a "Q members Program" section.
Depending on what level member you are - green, sliver, gold or VIP, you will get these coupons EVERY month. Click on the coupon you want. Each coupon entitles you to an overall discount of $1 off $10, $2 off $30 and so on. Look beside it under "Q Stamp Redemption" for information.
You can also get these coupons by accumulating Q Stamps given for feedback on purchased products. You can then directly exchange these Q Stamps for the coupons or you take a chance and draw. A little hint is that most of the time when i draw, I do get the coupon so it is usually worth it! (See photo below)
Only do the above when are ready to pay or you will waste them. Once you get these coupons, they last for a limited time as well.
Qoo10 Cart & Shop Coupons
Qoo10 Shop Coupons
Another kind of coupons that are very useful are the SHOP COUPONS. These are coupons offered by individual shops. Look for them just beside the shop name, click on "Shop Coupon Available" and there will be a drop down list of coupons. (See photo below). Click on each coupon when you are ready to check out. Each coupon has a time span like for example, 3 days or 5 days, etc. Each shop usually only allow 1 coupon per day. Not all shops have coupons. They apply to the store only and NOT the overall check out price.
You might want to also follow the shop, there is a "Follow" tab right beside the name as well. Sometimes the shops will send coupons to you directly.
Qoo10 Shop Coupons
How to Use Cart & Shop Coupons?
At the bottom of the check out page, click on "Use My Coupons", You can then selected your cart and shop coupons. (See photo below)
You can take a look at your overall shipping rate above your final amount as well.
5 Quick Tips for Shopping Like a Pro on Qoo10
- Familiarise yourself with the coupons, especially the cart and shop coupons. Only click on these coupons when you know the final check out amount.
- Always search for local equivalents as most local companies have free shipping. It's also easier to call if your shipment is late.
- Some shops offer free delivery for what they call a "shipping group", look out for those.
- All of my local deliveries have arrived on time within a day or 2, international deliveries have also arrived on time. So no worries there.
- Always take a look at the feedback section, there are some fake products on sale.
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An Online Shopping Guide for Best Deals in Singapore
if you are interested in the best online deals in Singapore, go HERE.