Guide to shopping Boxing Day sales online 2020

It's the biggest sale day in Australia, Boxing Day. Here's how to bag a bargain online.

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Boxing Day sales are a great way to pick up discounted products and gifts. But the massive crowds can make taking full advantage of the deals a total pain. And sometimes it's easy to give up on snagging a bargain just to avoid the hoards of other shoppers. If you want the sales minus the crowds and cramped car parks, you might want to turn to online retailers this year. Here's how to make the most of your Boxing Day, even if you're just shopping from your couch.

Tips for shopping online

1. Make a list, check it twice - actually though

Even if you just form a vague plan in your head, it's a good idea to know what you want to buy.

If you know that you need a new computer and a new lounge, keep this in mind when you start shopping. It sounds simple, but many people browse aimlessly before heading to snap up the things they definitely need first. Know what you want, make a list and buy these pieces first. Because some pieces sell out very quickly online.

Last year, I had a spreadsheet with links to every piece I wanted to buy. That way it was really easy for me to add to cart and get everything that I wanted before anything had a chance to sell out.

2. Know where you want to shop

If you don't have a specific idea of what you want, make sure you at least know where you want to shop. If you're not sure, try Googling the items you're after to see which stores have them. This will give you an idea of which stores to hit first.

This step is important because if you're planning on shopping at a popular online store like Sephora or Princess Polly, be aware that many other people can have the same idea as you. This means that the popular pieces sell out extremely quickly and the sites themselves have been known to crash due to the high levels of traffic. It's particularly common to see these issues at beauty stores and tech retailers.

If you want to shop at a top store, you better do it first thing. If you wait too long, it might be too late.

3. Use a comprehensive list of sales

Whether you have a plan of attack or not, using a comprehensive list of Boxing Day sales can help you find the best prices. Finder has an easy-to-use list of hundreds of deals from the top retailers with Boxing Day sales. You can use it to search for your favourite store or just scroll to compare offers.

I use this list every year to make sure that I'm getting the best price. With the huge number of retailers participating in the Boxing Day sales, you just can't check every store for a deal. But scrolling through a list is quick and easy. Last year, I was about to buy a vacuum but a quick scroll through the Boxing Day sales list showed me that eBay had an even better price than the one I found. It saved me $120.

You'll find about 400 sales on this list. So it's the perfect starting point for any shoppers new to the online experience.

4. Don't buy things you don't need - and especially that you don't want

I am very guilty of being completely blinded by a cheap price tag. But just because a $600 dress is down to $50, doesn't mean that you need it or will actually wear it. Use the sales to buy things that you ordinarily couldn't afford, don't buy things just because they're cheap.

It's totally fine to pick up a few extra treats if you see them at a good price. But don't let a 70% off deal make you believe that you like something when you really don't like it - or need it.

If you're in doubt, try asking a friend, sibling or even your mum or dad. I have two friends I always consult before I commit to an impulse buy. Sometimes you need someone else to put in perspective that you already have six pairs of red shoes and you don't need a seventh.

5. Know the return policy

I like to always check the return policy of a store before I shop. This will help you make more effective purchasing decisions. If you're not 100% sure about an item, shopping at a store with cashback returns and free postage can take the pressure off. If you change your mind, you can send it back for free!

There's nothing worse than buying something, deciding to return it and realising that you can only get store credit and the return is going to cost you $15.

You can check out a list of stores with both free delivery and free returns here. And if you're not fussy about free delivery and free returns, at least check that the store offers returns at all. Because some just don't.

6. Hit up the deal sites


If you're not sure where to start, I suggest you try the big deal sites. Stores like Catch, Amazon, eBay and Kogan have cheap prices ordinarily. But these stores, have even cheaper prices on Boxing Day.

Not only can you find gifts, furniture, electronics and beauty but these stores have everyday essentials too - like shampoo or knives. You can find some of the best bargains on these sites for sure.

What to buy on Boxing Day

In the mood to shop but not sure where to start? Here are some tips.

Trending gifts of 2020

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  • Fitbit Versa
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  • Anything from Jeffree Star Cosmetics
  • JBL speaker
  • Linen bed sheets
  • Google Home Hub
  • Succulents
  • Monogrammed pieces like a pouch or phone case
  • Apple AirPods
  • Anything from ColourPop cosmetics
  • Playstation Classic
  • Polly Pocket - recently relaunched!
  • Silk pillow cases
  • Indoor plants like a fiddle leaf fig
  • Osmo genius kit for kids
  • DJI Mavic drone

Things we can expect to see on sale

Every year at Boxing Day there are a few standard items we always see on sale.

Beauty gift packs always make their way to the sale shelves. You know those pretty boxes of hand cream sets and lipstick packs you always see in department stores in the lead up to Christmas? These inevitably end up in the bargain bin on 26 December. If you're in need of some new beauty products, you can find great deals by looking at the discounted gift packs.

You can usually find game console bundles on sale on Boxing Day too. Many stores will bundle up a bunch of games with a console to entice Christmas shoppers. Once Christmas shopping is done though, these bundles hit the sale section.

Other pieces with slashed prices include the laptops and TVs released in 2019. These are discounted to clear the way for the new models arriving in the new year. Also, seasonal furniture also ends up on sale so stores can clear the floor and introduce the new season stock.


See a snapshot of the sales

Scroll through to see some of the current offers you can shop

Booktopia Booktopia

25% off Booktopia's Top 100 Best-sellers

Save 25% on best-selling books like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Testaments, 488 Rules for Life and more at Booktopia. T&Cs apply.

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Microsoft Store Microsoft Store

Up to $500 off Surface devices

Get up to $500 off Surface Pro 7, Laptop 3 and Book 2 at Microsoft. T&Cs apply.

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SABA SABA

20% off store-wide

Score 20% off women's dresses, skirts, pants and tops. T&Cs apply.

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Ally Fashion Ally Fashion

25% off everything

Get 25% off dresses, knits, denim and more at Ally Fashion. T&Cs apply.

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Glue Store Glue Store

15% off full-price items

Use the code to save 15% off full-price clothing, shoes, accessories and more. T&CS apply.

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iHerb iHerb
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10% off for new customers and iHerb Exclusives

Get 10% off for new customers and 10% discount on iHerb Exclusives for all customers. T&Cs apply.

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Quay Australia Quay Australia

2 selected styles for just $88

Valid for a limited time only with the promo code. First 100 orders get a FREE red sparkle trifold case. T&Cs apply.

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G-Star Raw G-Star Raw

Extra 30% off sale items

Take an extra 30% off sale items at G-Star Raw. Hurry, limited offer only. T&Cs apply.

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Showpo Showpo
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10% off when you spend over $200

Get 10% off your cart when you spend over $200 at Showpo with this exclusive code. T&Cs apply.

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David Jones David Jones

Up to 50% off home + extra 30% off fashion and more

Save big on a range of already reduced items from Dyson, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and more. T&Cs apply.

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eBay eBay

Up to 50% off Coles + extra 5% off and FREE delivery

Save up to 50% off Coles weekly sales. Plus, take an extra 5% off and FREE delivery on orders over $49 with eBay Plus. T&Cs apply.

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Vistaprint Vistaprint

FREE standard delivery

Be prepared for the year ahead with FREE standard delivery on orders over $50 at Vistaprint. T&Cs apply.

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Bonds Bonds

Buy 2, save 30% off Wondercool

Buy 2, save 30% off clothing for newborns, babies and toddlers from Wondercool at Bonds. T&Cs apply.

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Zanui Zanui

$100 off orders over $500

Use the code to avail the discount on furniture and homeware from Zanui. T&Cs apply.

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Quay Australia Quay Australia

Buy 2, get 1 FREE all sale items

Use the code to avail the offer on all sale sunglasses from Quay Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Cotton On Cotton On

2 for $30 swim separates

Buy 2 bikini tops, bikini bottoms, cover-ups and more for just $30 at Cotton On. T&Cs apply.

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Wild Secrets Wild Secrets

Up to 50% off hottest adult toys

Valid for a limited time only at Wild Secrets. T&Cs apply.

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NastyGal NastyGal

Up to 80% off sale

Shop the sale section and save up to 80% off dresses, tops, jumpsuits, swimwear, shoes, denim and more. T&Cs apply.

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Lovehoney Lovehoney

20% off selected We-Vibe and Womanizer sex toys

Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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Bing Lee Bing Lee

Up to 30% off sale

Score up to 30% off Razer, JBL, Breville, Dyson and more at Bing Lee. T&Cs apply.

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Tarte Tarte
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25% off site-wide

Score 25% off best-selling palettes, vegan mascara, foundation and more at tarte. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

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SHEIN SHEIN

$15 off when you spend over $100

Valid for a limited time only at SHEIN. T&Cs apply.

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ibVPN ibVPN

50% off everything

Enjoy 50% off Complete VPN, Proxy and DNS service during the ibVPN's 10th Anniversary. T&Cs apply.

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Bing Lee Bing Lee

Up to $1,000 off Ultra HD Smart TVs

Enjoy up to $1,000 off Samsung, SONY, Hisense and LG TVs. T&Cs apply.

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ECHT ECHT
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10% off site-wide

Score 10% off singlets, leggings, sports bras and more at ECHT. T&Cs apply.

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ASOS ASOS

Up to 30% off your faves

Enjoy up to 30% off selected clothing, shoes, accessories, activewear and more from ASOS. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

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Nourished Life Nourished Life

20% off site-wide

Score 20% off when you spend over $200 at Nourished Life. T&Cs apply.

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Nourished Life Nourished Life

15% off site-wide

Take 15% off when you spend over $119 at Nourished Life. T&Cs apply.

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Elinz Electronics Elinz Electronics

Save up to 30% off

Up to 30% off on Security Cameras, Reversing Cameras, Dash Cams, Battery Chargers, Car Dvd Players & more. Includes free shipping + 60 Days Moneyback Guaranteed. T&Cs apply.

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Charles Tyrwhitt Charles Tyrwhitt

Spend $100 save $10

Spend $100 save $10 at Charles Tyrwhitt. T&Cs apply.

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Charles Tyrwhitt Charles Tyrwhitt

Spend $150 save $20

Spend $150 save $20 at Charles Tyrwhitt. T&Cs apply.

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Yd Yd

30% off full-priced items

Score 30% off shirts, shoes, suits and more at yd. T&Cs apply.

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Sephora Sephora

30-50% off Natasha Denona

Enjoy 30-50% off skincare, tools and brushes, makeup and gifts from Natasha Denona at Sephora. T&Cs apply.

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Castlery Castlery

$100 off everything

Get $100 off every $1000 spent on all products at Castlery. T&Cs apply.

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Cotton Traders Cotton Traders

10% off site-wide

Enjoy 10% off clothing, shoes, accessories, homeware and more when you spend over £35 at Cotton Traders.T&Cs apply.

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Adore Beauty Adore Beauty

Up to $50 off select ghd stylers + 50% off brushes

Valid for a limited time only at Adore Beauty. T&Cs apply.

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Adore Beauty Adore Beauty

10% off Adore You products

Valid for a limited time only. Brand exclusions apply.

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Beginning Boutique Beginning Boutique
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20% off everything

Save 20% on clothing and accessories at Beginning Boutique. T&Cs apply.

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PrettyLittleThing PrettyLittleThing
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50% off your order

Enjoy 50% off dresses, tops, shoes and more at PrettyLittleThing. T&Cs apply.

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GlamCorner GlamCorner

20% off site-wide for the On Demand collection

Valid for a limited time only with the promo code at GlamCorner. T&Cs apply.

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Popular AU Top Merchant Shopping Deals coupon codes

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24 Jan 2020 10% off for new customers and iHerb Exclusives FIN****
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24 Jan 2020 FREE standard delivery DEL****

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    are there any bargains for air conditioners?

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      Additionally, eBay is currently holding a 15% off everything sale, which might be of interest to you, too.

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    How do I list my products here for sale?
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