Get your wallets ready because Black Friday Starts Soon! Sales Promotions like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are three of the most anticipated shopping events of the year. Since there’ll be tons of deals out there, we suggest making the most out of it by planning ahead. Don’t know where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about to get you prepared for the biggest shopping event!
Before you start your Black Friday shopping, you have to get ready for the crazy discount! Our editor has sorted out the 3 major phases that you need to know for preparations beforehand. Products during the promotion period may be sold out in a short period of time, so be sure to prepare in advance to grab your favorites during prime time! Bookmark this, it’s your must-read guide before Black Friday! The guide includes:
What is Black Friday？
Black Friday is an unofficial name for the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States. Thanksgiving is a big annual holiday in the US, scheduled on the 4th Thursday in November every year, followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which have become big shopping days in the US, and online stores will offer a series of discounts. Even brands and products that don’t usually have price cuts will have surprise price reductions and discounts, and they can even be sold at a price as low as 90% OFF! It is a big online shopping festival that the world is also looking forward to!
Black Friday 2022 Time and Date
Be sure to keep an eye out for the following 3 dates and times! There’s a 3-hour difference between the East Coast and West Coast of the United States, and most online stores will follow the West Coast time. Black Friday starts at 00:00 local time, which is 3:00 pm Philippines time. Of course, there are also many online stores that will also have Pre-Sale or launch special discounts in advance. Basically, in the morning of Philippines time, you can pay attention to the major online stores in the United States to take advantage of the discounts! And some online stores in the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Italy, Canada, and other places will start their Black Friday discounts in local time!
Scheduled every year on the last Thursday of November; Thanksgiving this year happens on 24th November (US time), most online stores that sell fashion, footwear, baby products, toys, personal care, sports or outdoor products, electronic products, and more, will offer discounts. There will be a Pre-Sale before then too which you should keep an eye on because you’re able to grab items for great prices too!
Usually, the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, and online stores offer the best discounts of the year! Not only may it be as low as 90% OFF, but there are also many limited-time and flash offers, such as “One Day Deal” and “24 Hours Flash Sale”, which can only be purchased at the designated time of the day, this is a day that you should not miss for online shopping!
This is definitely a paradise for those who like to buy electronic products! Cyber Monday mainly is about offering discounts on major electronic products, such as computers, smartphones, digital cameras, home stereos, game accessories, and more. Many online stores will also have offers that stretched from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Reward yourself at the end of the year with Cyber Monday deals!
Important Notes on Preparation
【Obtain Overseas Warehouse Address】
The first step in preparing for Black Friday is to sign up for a Buyandship membership! Since most overseas websites do not provide international shipping services, even if they do, the shipping costs are absolutely overpriced. Only by obtaining the overseas warehouse address of Buyandship, you can get your Black Friday shopping from overseas to be transported to the Philippines safely and efficiently with the LOWEST Air Shipping Freight!
💡Online shopping tips: When browsing the Amazon website in each region, you need to enter the area code (Zipcode) of the corresponding region to view the item and regional limited discounts.
【Prepare Your Shopping List】
Whether you are a regular online shopper or new to overseas online shopping, you must browse your favorite online shopping website and products in advance. Register as a member of the online store and pre-fill in the delivery address, and add products to the bookmark or add to your wish list for quicker checkout – so that you can grab your favorites in the discount period where every second counts!
💡 Tips for browsing overseas websites:
- What should I do if all the overseas websites are in foreign languages and there is no English page? Our editor recommends downloading Google Chrome Translate Extension and using it to convert the entire webpage into English. Browsing foreign languages is easy and hassle-free! Click Here to Learn How to Use Google Translate on Foreign Sites
- Some US websites need to use the local network to browse, otherwise, they will automatically jump to the website where your IP is located, or even cannot connect to the website. If this happens, there are two ways to deal with it:
Method 1：Open “Incognito Mode / Private Browsing” in the browser, and then change the location of the website to “United Stated / U.S.A.”
Method 2：Connect to a US VPN and browse. It is recommended to use a safe and reliably-paid VPN to avoid personal data leakage during payment to ensure personal data security. (Recommended VPN: Express VPN, NordVPN, SurfShark)
【Compare the Price of Your Favorite Product】
The brand’s official online store may not always have the best discounts, and sometimes other online shopping platforms or sellers may have higher discounts! For example, if you’re looking to buy a pair of sneakers, you can visit popular sneaker online stores such as Stock X, Eastbay, and Footlocker for unexpected discounts or even more sizing to choose from! You don’t need to buy from official websites every time!
- Want to refer to the all-time low price of an item when shopping online on Amazon? Click here to see how to set it up: Introducing Keepa Chrome Extension: 8 Simple Steps to Easily Check the Lowest Price of Amazon Products!
【Get Your Payment Methods Ready】
Although most overseas online stores will accept credit cards issued by local banks, there are also a few that do not accept them. Remember to prepare multiple valid credit cards in advance. It is recommended to use a credit card for which you’ve successfully made purchases on international websites or set a higher purchase limit with your bank in advance if necessary.
You can also apply for a Paypal account in advance because some websites only accept Paypal as a payment method. Don’t have a PayPal account? Sign up for one now to avoid wasting precious minutes of your shopping time!
Please Note: Use your Real Name and Credit/Debit Card Address and in the billing section to ensure a hassle-free transaction. There are some stores like Walmart, Apple, Gap Factory, and More that only allow US Billing Address. You can use our Warehouse Address on these transactions or use GCash AMEX and copy the provided US Billing Address. Kindly note that these are case-to-case basis so, researching beforehand is a must.
💡 Tips for Online Payment：
If your order is being canceled after payment, you can try the following three methods to pay:
Method 1：Try with another credit card；
Method 2：Pay with an American Express credit card or Pay with PayPal；
Method 3：Call your bank in advance to allow the cross-border e-commerce transaction
Don’t get frustrated even if your order is being canceled by the online store – try switching to another payment method or call your bank immediately and you’re more likely to get your orders confirmed and shipped!
【Be Aware of Shipping Restrictions】
Please be sure to check the ingredients of the product before purchasing the product. The following products are prohibited items for shipping:
- Gas and Compressed Gas
- Flammables (Nail polish, hair dye products)
- Powdered Formula (milk powder for infants and young children)
- Living Plant, Seed, Seed Bulbs
- Raw Meat and Uncooked Seafood
- Perishable Foods
- Guns and Related Accessories
Due to the differences in prohibited items in different countries, please refer to the “Prohibited Items Catalog“ for a detailed list of prohibited items or send the product link to our WEBSITE CHAT LIVE so, our CS Team can confirm whether the product you want to ship is allowed or not.
Other than prohibited items, please note that Buyandship Philippines also have a shipping size restriction. If deemed necessary, our warehouse will repack and replace packaging without prior notice. Every single shipment (Per Tracking number) must not exceed 55 pounds for Metro Manila and 20 pounds for Non-Metro Manila. If the single parcel exceeds 20 pounds, please do not consolidate it with other parcels. After the parcel consolidation:
- The sum of all 3 sides cannot exceed 150 CM
- Each side must not exceed 100 CM
- Volumetric Weight can not exceed 5 times the actual weight
Calculation for Volumetric Weight: [Length (CM) x Width (CM) x Height (CM)] ÷ 6,000 x 2.2046
If the parcel exceeds any of the above limitations, additional charges may be required. The overseas warehouse may also reject the parcel or the delivery fee may be calculated by Volumetric Weight.
【Be Aware of Free Shipping Requirements】
During Black Friday, most websites will have domestic free shipping discounts. Remember to check the shipping and free shipping requirements before paying! Some may require your order to be reached a specified amount, and some may need to enter a discount code to get free shipping. Avoid wasting money on shipping!
Black Friday with Buyandship Philippines
【Address Filling Format】
Go to your dashboard > Overseas Warehouse Addresses and simply copy and paste our addresses to your shipping information, depending on which warehouse you wanted to ship your products to. In addition to this, make sure to fill in the Buyandship Membership ID in “Name” so, it would be easier for us to sort your parcel once it arrives at our warehouse.
Again: You MUST add your Buyandship User ID (PHXXXXXX) in the ‘Last Name’ or ‘Address’ Tab, so we can easily identify your parcel once it arrived in our warehouse.
【Got Your Tracking Number? Declare Your Shipments】
Declare your parcels immediately once you get your tracking number from the merchant store! If you haven’t declared your parcel before its arrival at the warehouse, the check-in time of your parcel will be delayed for 3-5 working days as priority will be given to those pre-declared parcels. It’s vital that once you receive the tracking number from the merchant store you shop from, declare your shipment to your BNS Account. Click here to learn more about how to declare your shipment.
If there is no tracking number provided by the seller and if the seller filled out your shipping address correctly with your member ID, and was delivered to our warehouse, please wait for an email from us that you have an “Undeclared Shipment” In that same email, there is a tracking number in which you can just copy and paste and declare your shipment. Once you have declared your shipment it should move to “Arrived at Overseas Warehouse” status in Parcel Management.
Please note: Due to the high volume of orders during the holiday season, the check-in time of your parcel may take longer than usual. Please be patient and contact our Customer service, in case your parcel hasn’t been checked in after a few days.
【Buyandship’s Payment Options】
Buyandship’s Delivery fee is purely based on the weight of your shipment. We currently have 2 pricing options—Delivered Duty Unpaid (DDU) and Delivered Duty Paid (DDP). Click here to learn about DDU and DDP.
For DDU, your shipment will pass through the Philippines Customs. Please note if above Php 10k combined value at the time of assessment by PH customs, there are PH customs clearance fees separate from our shipping fee. That is paid to the local courier COD and sent to your home. But if it’s below the PHP10k combined value, just our shipping fee then which costs Php 620 1st LB, succeeding LBs Php 380/lb.
For DDP, Buyandship will pay for the duty and tax of your order as long as there’s no false declaration of your shipment. However, we will charge you back if you have misdeclared the parcel value according to the PH Customs assessment. This option is PHP620/lb.
【Buyandship’s Consolidation Feature】
All shipments are sent to HK and you checkout in HK before PH. The idea is you shop around the world and it goes to HK before PH, once each shipment arrives in HK you have free consolidation services and up to 42 days of FREE storage.
You cannot separate items you can consolidate (combine shipments) as we treat each shipment per tracking number. You can also choose to checkout separately as well if it is sent to our warehouse separately (ie. different delivery addresses)
For example, you have three shipments which are tracking number 1 from USA, tracking number 2 from UK, and tracking number 3 from South Korea. The final chargeable weight:
Shipment 1 (1.2 lb) + Shipment 2 (1.2 lb) + Shipment 3 (1.2 lb) = 4 (3.6) lb
Click Here to Learn More About Consolidation HERE
【Follow Buyandship on Social Media for the Best Black Friday Deals】
Other than our Website, Newsletters, Facebook Page, and Instagram. We have a community in our FB group where we post all of the latest deals and updates regarding Buyandship. You can also share with our members your shopping experience and concerns regarding Buyandship or overseas shopping in general. Join us if you wanted a community to relate to or share great tips and deals with; we’ll be waiting for you!
> Buyandship’s Viber Community
【Additional Notes to Keep in Mind】
- Due to supply chain delays, labor shortages, and the Holiday Discount season abroad, Buyandship Warehouse Addresses may require additional time to arrange storage. So, please bear with us and be patient!
- Remember to declare the shipment on time and correctly. PH Customs will use your declaration as the basis for inspection. It may not be possible to issue the “Notice of Undeclared Shipment” immediately and delay the arrival of the shipment.
- Please be patient! If the flight is delayed or the space is full during the discount period, the shipment may take longer than usual to arrive at the Hong Kong warehouse.
Thank you so much for trusting Buyandship. Happy Shopping, Everyone!