It’s that time of the year again. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and stores are preparing left and right for the biggest retail event of the year – Black Friday. There’s something about counting down the hours after a big Thanksgiving feast with your family and friends, bundling up so you don’t freeze in the cold November night air. Even it you’re not participating as a consumer, it still is fun to watch as a bystander.
Funny story: to be honest, I think I’ve really only participated in Black Friday like twice, because I just thought it was so tiring (which is). But now that I’m back in Korea, I’m finding things that I really wish I bought in the U.S., so I decided to give Black Friday a chance again – online! So I thought I would put together a post on tips on how to join in the major retail therapy session while living abroad. Thanks to the world wide web, Black Friday has spread across borders and oceans and has become a worldwide event for.
And let me tell you one thing – Koreans love shopping. And there is no way they will miss out on this massive shopping opportunity. This is their perfect chance to purchase anything that is too expensive to buy in Korea. Now, it might seem quite easy to simply enter in your credit card number and make that purchase… However, there are a few tips that might make your online shopping extravaganza a bit smoother.
- Make your purchases in USD. Yes, there are some websites that automatically redirects you to their Korean versions that shows KRW as default (i.e. Nordstrom, Sephora). But those prices are inflated due to additional fees, so if you really want to get the most out of your shopping experience, make sure you change the setting to USD!
- Be careful not to surpass $200 (including fees) per retail outlet to avoid extra custom fees.
- Sign up as a member online to receive exclusive membership discounts or early-bird sales newsflash. Also, this way you can add items in your basket ahead of time before they sell out on the day of Black Friday.
- Make sure the item you are purchasing is not prohibited to ship in Korea. For instance, did you know that aspirin, dairy products, beef jerky, batteries are all prohibited to bring into Korea? Do your research beforehand!
- Be sure to use a valid VISA, MasterCard, or American Express to avoid higher transaction fees.
Hope you guys found these tips helpful. Are you planning on shopping online on Black Friday? Are there any other tips that I haven’t listed?
And lastly, I wish everyone good luck and happy shopping! 😉