We may not celebrate Thanksgiving here, but we do know about the Black Friday sales. Every brick and mortar store and their online counterparts have prepared their best deals to welcome shoppers for the shopping season. But wait, what exactly is Black Friday?

Black Friday Calligraphy Glitter
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And perhaps more importantly, where to shop on Black Friday and what are the best sites for Black Friday deals? For those new to the phenomena (as we say, it’s never too late!), here’s the complete FAQ to solve your bubbling questions.

Heads up as you join the shopping thread this coming Black Friday!

What is Black Friday (its darkest history), and the Black Friday sale?

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Black Friday is noted as the day after Thanksgiving, marking the start of Christmas shopping season. The following sale then refers to the many promotions going on by different storefronts to welcome the festive shopping period. The term ‘Black Friday’, however, had a negative connotation initially.

Not only was it used to signify the traffic overcrowding and store mobs that happen on the day, but it was also used by journalists to signify a major event in which a dip in stocks and financial losses could be spotted.

Determined to change the perception, retailers started using ‘Black Friday’ as part of their sales promotion. In this case, ‘black’ meant the black ink written on accounting books to signify profits, instead of losses jotted in the red. This has taken off successfully, propelling the image of profitable sales and the start of shopping season since.

When is Black Friday 2017?

Black Friday 2017 Calendar
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This year, Black Friday falls on 24th November, with the sales running through to 26th, as Cyber Monday falls on the 27th. That means four whole days of promotions to gain from starting with Black Friday. That leaves plenty of room to work on your wishlist and cart for price comparisons.

What goes on sale on Black Friday?

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Everything. Well, nearly everything. Black Friday is commonly viewed as the promotion to kickstart the year-end holiday shopping season. This means every other store, online and offline, are joining in this competitive price war. Dishing out their best prices for their range of items, you can get everything you desire at a discounted rates, and in some cases, even the latest collections.

Can you get Black Friday deals online?

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The overwhelming answer is yes. And almost everything, too. Traditionally, Cyber Monday would be where the online promotions are at. However, with the thriving e-commerce industry today, Black Friday promotions are no longer restricted to offline stores. Expect whooping discounts up to 90% on major stores and shopping platforms. We smell a shopping galore incoming!

Where to shop: what stores have sales on Black Friday

Not sure what are the best Black Friday deals? Or rather, who has the best Black Friday deals? ShopBack rounds off a couple of the popular and eye-catching choices to get you started on. No matter which category catches your eye, Black Friday would have something in store for you!

An extra tip to note is that Black Friday sales are best to get online deals from US and UK websites. This is especially so as it originated from the US, before blowing up into a global shopping phenomena today.

Getting your glitz and glamour on

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow Palette


BH Cosmetics is known for their baked eyeshadow palettes with great color payoff when used dry or wet. Among them, the Galaxy Chic Eyeshadow Palette is a cult favourite for its galactic themes and vibrant color options. Animal lovers would be thrilled to know that the brand is cruelty-free certified.

Retail price: USD$15

NYX professional velvet-matte lipsticks
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Lippie collectors would have long heard of NYX’s lipsticks. Grab these creamy Velvet Matte Lipstick Sets in sets of threes, perfect for yourself or a gift. The shades come in pigmented nudes, pink, and reds, which are great for all occasions. While NYX doesn’t ship via their official site, you can find their products on Hermo. Sometimes you might even snag the occasional Hermo discounts during special events.

Retail price: RM80

Cotton On Tbar Fox Graphic T Shirt Ice-cream
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Casual fashion need not be expensive, as seen from the cute Tbar Fox Graphic T Shirt series from Cotton On. From adorable cartoon ice-cream to Disney-inspired characters, find your style.

Retail price: RM20 (U.P. RM40) with Cotton On promo code

Shopbop Tibi Sculpted corset Dress
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Slip into comfortable silk Tibi Sculpted Corset Dress via Shopbop. Coming in a desert blush color, a wide, ribbed panel would help to define your waist. Pair it with a pair of nude heels for a classy, simple look. Free express shipping is available for purchases over USD$100.

Retail price: USD$321.75 (U.P. USD$495) with Shopbop coupons

NET A PORTER Attico Monica mirroed-leather mules
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Capture attention with Attico’s Monica Mirrored-leather Mules, the modern Cinderella slippers with a disco twist. The pair comes with a flattering V-cut vamp and is exclusively available at Net-A-Porter. Shipping is all at a net rate of USD$15.

Retail price: USD$643

Showing off your latest tech darlings

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) Black
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Smart living has been an increasingly viable option, as Amazon pushes out their in-house Echo & Alexa series. It works like a functional Siri for your home or private workspace. The Alexa system functions via cloud and gets its updates delivered automatically. In fact, the smart system will adapt to your speech and preferences. This makes each Alexa more unique and personal than the next. Shipping is not available directly to Malaysia, but you can go through MyUS platform for Amazon purchases. Read more about MyUS and how it can help with your Black Friday shipping woes!

Retail Price: USD$49.99 for Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
Currently running a promo of buy 6 get 1 free (#DOT6PACK), as well as buy 3 and save USD$20 (#DOT3PACK)

Google Home Mini
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Google Home series is Google’s solutions to Smart living. Boasting of similar functions as the Amazon Echo series, Google Home is compatible with other Google products and voice activated. Shipping is not available directly to Malaysia, but through comGateway’s ‘BuyForMe’ services (where they take care of the hassle of buying from an overseas site for you), Google Home is just one click away.

Retail Price: USD$49 for Google Home Mini
Black Friday promotions starting on the 23 Nov brings price down to USD$29.

Xiaomi Amazfit Smart Watch
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On the topic of global and foreign smart-tech, one can not forget Xiaomi AMAZFIT Smart Watch. One of the most affordable item in the market, the Android-compatible watch come with a heart-rate monitor, call reminder, Bluetooth music, and Alipay support. An English version is available on Lazada for user’s convenience.

Retail Price: RM493

Online one-stop shopping portals

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The popular global market for Japanese-styled brands and goods, Rakuten Global is offering free international shipping for orders above RM400. For the Pokemon fans, there is a large selection of Pokemon-related goods, including lunch boxes, phone covers, and plushies. Rakuten Global is a great place to get trendy Japanese cosmetics, such as Canmake and Jill Stuart.

GearBest Black Friday promotional banner
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Techies that need your fill of gadgets in one place, GearBest is the best place to get them. Smart-tech, camera equipment, computers and more, you can find an array of brands available here. Get an exclusive ShopBack x GearBest discount of 10% storewide with the code #SHOPBACK10.

11Street We Shock You Shop promotional banner
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More electronic deals could be found on 11Street, with up to 50% off via their Electronics fair. In addition, don’t miss out on bonus 11street coupons and free shipping options. With 11Street, shoppers can even purchase tour packages and get flash deals on mom & baby related items.

Lazada Homepage
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From official brands to individual sellers, Lazada deals form a part of their ongoing promotions. No longer an unfamiliar name to Malaysian shoppers, Lazada continues to bring competitive pricing to its members. With many categories to shop from and items from both local and overseas brand, it remains a popular online shopping marketplace today.

ebay Black Friday Page
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When it comes to international marketplaces, we cannot leave out eBay. One of the pioneers to e-commerce between individuals, eBay continues to be a thriving online community. With the incoming Black Friday, find thousands of eBay deals, price-matched for your shopping ease.

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That rounds off our list to start off, but the above aren’t the only stores participating in Black Friday 2017! From travel sites to stationary and accessories, there’s much more offered this weekend.

Don’t forget to check out ShopBack’s Black Friday page for more deals. Remember, when in need of shipping help from overseas stores, check out comGatway and MyUS. Are you shopping this Black Friday, and what are you eyeing for? Let us know!

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