SINGAPORE - Online shopping makes it possible for those outside the US to enjoy the hefty discounts offered by American stores on Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving, which is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November.
Black Friday has turned into a global retail phenomenon and even Singapore stores are cashing in on it.
And just to make it a weekend's worth of retail therapy, there's Cyber Monday too.
Here are some international and local stores to check out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
The online retailer offers more than 400 brands, such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Giuseppe Zanotti, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Vita Fede, Etre Cecile and Karen Walker. Many of these brands are not available in brick-and-mortar stores in Singapore.
The best part about Shopbop is the free express international delivery service.
It is offering a discount of between 15 per cent and 25 per cent, depending on the amount purchased.
You can expect good things from this site, which started a countdown to Black Friday more than a week ago.
The store carries everything from electronics to clothing, but it is known for its wide selection of home furnishing. The site ships to Singapore.
You will find more than 850 labels, mostly mid-tier fashion brands, such as Cheap Monday, River Island, Mango and Warehouse, for both men and women.
It also has an in-house label called Asos, which is trendy and affordable. Shipping to Singapore is free.
Dress up the whole family at Nordstrom. Apart from its selection for men and women, its apparel section is split into kids and juniors.
The site ships to Singapore using global e-commerce provider Borderfree.
For bigger discounts, visit the Nordstrom Rack section. Although it does not ship to Singapore,
you can use an online concierge service, such as ComGateway, to make purchases. Go to www.nordstrom.com.
Online fashion retailer Nasty Gal is great for the midriff-baring set, but there is also a good selection of more modest-looking outfits.
Crop tops, mini dresses, distressed jeans and platform shoes are some of the staples in the Nasty Gal inventory.
Last year, the brand offered 50 per cent off black-coloured clothing, shoes and accessories for the Black Friday sale. Shipping is free for orders which cost more than US$150 (S$195).
E-tailer Zalora, which is based in Singapore, is also jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon.
From today to Dec 1, there is a discount of up to 80 per cent on regular-priced items and an extra 15 per cent off sale items. There are also additional credit card discounts. The sale includes more than 6,000 products from brands such as River Island, Mango, New Look and its in-house brand, Zalora.
Singapore-based accessories e-tailer is offering 50 per cent off selected styles from labels such as Sophie Hulme, Rebecca Minkoff, Orla Kiely, Liebeskind and Zatchels.
Singapore-based online cosmetics retailer Luxola will also be offering huge discounts for its entire range of products.
These include Malin + Goetz skincare, haircare brand Sachajuan, Deborah Lippmann nail polish and Sleek MakeUp.
For 24 hours today, Luxola will be offering a 35 per cent discount on all purchases for Urban readers. Use the code STRAITS35 when you pay for your purchases.
For 24 hours on Dec 1, there will be a 40 per cent discount storewide. Use the code CYBERSTRAITS at the cashier.
Home-grown online luxury store Bag Bistro, which sells designer bags at discounted prices, is offering a 10 per cent discount storewide for one day only.
Brands carried at the store include Givenchy, Fendi, Chloe, Loewe and Saint Laurent. Use the code BBBF10 when you make your purchases.
The code is valid for today only.
Asian e-tailer Lazada has started its month-long promotion, which will end on Dec 12. It is currently offering daily deals for everything from consumer electronics to clothes to cookware.
It offers affordable clothing from brands, such as New Look, M)phosis and its in-house label, LZD.
The home-grown luxury e-store features high-end labels, including Balenciaga, Prada, Mulberry and Proenza Schouler.
From today till Sunday, expect sales on more than 1,000 items from the store.