Bargain hunters go crazy: the biggest online shopping events happen this November

For bargain hunters and Christmas shoppers alike, November brings with it the chance to save serious coin on big name brands and products, just in time for the festive season.

Three of the biggest online sales events of the year fall within the same month of November, a veritable smorgasbord of bargains and deals. The timing is no coincidence for those looking to beat the Christmas rush (and knock over festive shopping away from the crowds) with plenty of time to post presents before the big day—this year you have until 21 December for domestic destinations covered by Express Post’s next day delivery guarantee for items that meet the Express Post service conditions¹ and are posted within the Express Post delivery network. Allow up to 6 business days for standard delivery (send parcels by 17 Dec for delivery by Christmas).

Whether you’re a keen bargain buyer or a festive shopper, make a list (and check it twice) and prepare to track down some of the best online shopping bargains of the year.

13 November: Click Frenzy

Touted as the sale that stops a nation (arriving, as it does, on the Tuesday after Melbourne Cup each year), chances are you’re familiar with Click Frenzy. It’s one of Australia’s biggest 24-hour shopping events. If you were one of the thousands of Australians who shopped with Click Frenzy Mayhem back in May, get ready to go again from 7pm on Tuesday, 14 November.

To get in on the action, subscribe for free and you’ll gain access to thousands of exclusive offers on the day. The deals and brands remain a closely guarded secret until 14 November, but expect up to 500 big name brands offering serious discounts and special offers on consumer electronics, toys, appliances, apparel, homewares and more.

For a taste of what might be in store, the smaller sister Click Frenzy Mayhem sale in May included bargains from Sony, Kogan, House, Dell, Cotton On, Lorna Jane, Adairs and Sheridan.

Subscribers should also be on standby through the day to get clues for the pop-up Go Wild deals. When Go Wild banners appear at random times, it’s a race against time to click and save 99% off the recommended retail price on a host of brand-name items. Wild indeed.

23 November: Black Friday

The Americans pretty much invented the 24-hour binge shopping phenomenon with Black Friday, falling the day after Thanksgiving. It started many decades ago as the official start of the US Christmas shopping season. Stores would offer crazy deals drawing throngs of shoppers pressed against the door when they opened much earlier than usual.

Nowadays you don’t need to go in store—or, for that matter, even be in America—to score Black Friday bargains. To check in on local Black Friday deals, Finder is a useful resource.

26 November: Cyber Monday

Riding the coattails of Black Friday, the Monday following Thanksgiving has become the web equivalent, dedicated to online shopping. Starting at midnight (3pm AEST time), the bargains are rolled out all day, with each hour bringing a special ‘deal of the hour’ from a major brand. Sign up to Cyber Monday here for all the updates. Many deals are available only to US shoppers, but Shopmate lets you shop as though you live in America. Anticipation in Australia last year saw Shopmate registrations triple in the lead-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The event’s popularity and the fact that it lands less than a month before Christmas means local retailers are getting involved too. Last year, brands such as Portmans, Freedom Furniture and Country Road offered discounts around this period. Get ready to save.

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