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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

Why not buy one of the trending items from this year? These have been some of the most sought after pieces on the market.

Fitbit Charge 3 to Fitbit Versa, change UE Boom for a JBL speaker like this charge 4, change the google home to the google home hub, get rid of Anki vector and add airpods

  • Fitbit Versa
  • Dyson Airwrap
  • 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

Luxe.It.Fwd Luxe.It.Fwd

$25 off site-wide

Enjoy $25 off best-selling styles from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Celine, Hermes and more at Luxe.it.fwd. T&Cs apply.

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LN-CC LN-CC

Extra 15% off sale

Get an extra 15% off sale clothing, shoes, bags and more at LN-CC. T&Cs apply.

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LN-CC LN-CC

Up to 60% off full-priced products

Valid on selected styles and for a limited time only at LN-CC. T&Cs apply.

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Cotton On Cotton On

50-70% off outlet sale

Get 50-70% off outlet sale at Cotton On. Hurry, this deal won't last long. T&Cs apply.

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Cotton On Cotton On

Buy one, get one 50% off graphic tees

Buy one, get one 50% off graphic tees at Cotton. T&Cs apply.

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Adore Beauty Adore Beauty

20% off Aspect Sunscreen

Use promo code to save 20% on Aspect Sunscreen. Valid for a limited time at Adore Beauty. T&Cs apply.

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Sephora Sephora
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10% off your first online purchase

Receive a 10% off the total amount of your first online purchase when you sign up as a Beauty Pass member at Sephora. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

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Sephora Sephora

FREE 2 complimentary surprise samples

Receive 2 samples per order when you purchase at Sephora. Hurry while stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Dangerfield Dangerfield

40-60% off jackets and coats

Score 40-60% off jackets and coats at Dangerfield. Hurry, this deal won't last long. T&Cs apply.

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Eva Mattress Eva Mattress

$150 off the Eva mattress

Enjoy $150 off the perfect combination of premium pocket springs for support and memory foam for pressure relief. T&Cs apply.

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Catch Catch

Up to 71% off: The Ultimate Beauty Guide

Enjoy up to 71% off skincare, hair & make up, fragrance, and more from your favourite beauty brands. Valid for a limited time at Catch. T&Cs apply.

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Princess Highway Princess Highway

40-60% off jackets and coats

Score 40-60% off jackets and coats at Princess Highway. Hurry, this deal won't last long. T&Cs apply.

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Wild Secrets Wild Secrets

Up to 60% off: Christmas in July Sale

It's time to celebrate with exciting gifts for her, him and couples with up to 60% off at Wild Secrets. T&Cs apply.

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ASOS ASOS

Extra 20% off tops

Use promo code to get an additional 20% off tops at ASOS. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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eBay eBay

15% off top tech range + FREE express metro delivery

Score 15% off selected products from Nintendo Switch, Sony, Samsung and more. Plus, enjoy FREE express metro delivery on the entire sale with eBay Plus. T&Cs apply.

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THE ICONIC THE ICONIC

30% off workwear styles

Prepare to wear real pants with 30% off selected styles from Tarocash, Lacoste, Tony Bianco and more at THE ICONIC. T&Cs apply.

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ASOS ASOS

Extra 25% off dresses and jumpsuits

Enjoy an additional 25% off dresses and jumpsuits at ASOS. Use promo code at checkout. T&Cs apply.

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Myer Myer

Up to 40% off women's handbags and wallets

Get up to 40% off women's handbags and wallets by The Sak, Cellini Sport, Cellini, Tony Bianco, Olga Berg, and more. Hurry, valid for today only. T&Cs apply.

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iHerb iHerb

20% off hand sanitizers, face masks, and disinfectant wipes

Shop personal hygienic products to get 20% off hand sanitizers, face masks, and disinfectant wipes at iHerb. T&Cs apply.

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Boohoo Boohoo
Exclusive

40% off everything + FREE shipping

Score 40% off dresses, tops, shoes and more at boohoo. Plus, enjoy FREE shipping for orders over $60. T&Cs apply.

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Coupon code ends

iHerb iHerb

Up to 50% off super deals

Save up to 50% on iHerb's super deals including immunity boosters, men and women's health, and more. Hurry while they last. T&Cs apply.

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Glue Store Glue Store

Further 40% off sale

Take a further 40% off selected styles from Tommy Hilfiger, Nude Lucy, Levi's and more. T&Cs apply.

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Farfetch Farfetch

10% off full-priced kidswear items

Valid when you spend over $220 on selected brands and products only. Limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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Beginning Boutique Beginning Boutique

25% off selected styles

Use promo code to enjoy 25% off selected styles at Beginning Boutique. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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Adore Beauty Adore Beauty

FREE 3-piece beauty bundle

Spend $110 on skincare and receive a FREE 3-piece beauty bundle at Adore Beauty. T&Cs apply.

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Catch Catch

Up to 49% off track pants and sweats

Get up to 49% off track pants and sweats from FILA, adidas, BONDS, Russell Athletic, and more. T&Cs apply.

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iHerb iHerb

15% off select women's health

Feel good inside and out, shop women's health and get 15% off your purchase at iHerb. T&Cs apply.

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Catch Catch

Up to 39% off Ugg boots and slippers

Enjoy up to 39% off Ugg boots and slippers for the whole family. Valid for a limited time at Catch. T&Cs apply.

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iHerb iHerb

20% off immunity boosters

Enjoy 20% off Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Probiotics, and more immunity boosters at iHerb. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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Princess Highway Princess Highway

20% off new arrivals

Choose from a wide variety of new styles and get 20% off your purchase at Princess Highway. T&Cs apply.

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PatPat PatPat
Exclusive

Up to 70% off + 15% off site-wide

Save more 15% on kids' dresses, jumpsuits, matching outfits and more at PatPat. T&Cs apply.

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Princess Highway Princess Highway

Up to 60% off sale items

Save up to 60% on sale items at Princess Highway. Hurry, valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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General Pants General Pants
Limited time!

Further 50% off sale

Take a further 50% off selected sale styles from Stussy, Adidas, Vans and more at General Pants. T&Cs apply.

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Limited time!

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Forever New Forever New

20% off full price shoes and accessories

Valid for a limited time at Forever New. T&Cs apply.

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Zanui Zanui

Up to 25% off: Rug Sale

Save up to 25% on rugs at Zanui. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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Dangerfield Dangerfield

Up to 60% off store-wide

Shop now to enjoy up to 60% off store-wide at Dangerfield. Hurry, this deal won't last long. T&Cs apply.

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Dangerfield Dangerfield

20% off new arrivals

Don't miss out, take 20% off new arrivals at Dangerfield. T&Cs apply.

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Catch Catch

Up to $20 off face mask bulk packs

Save up to $20 on face mask bulk packs at Catch. Hurry, this deal won't last long. T&Cs apply.

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Amazon Amazon

Up to 50% off selected top books + FREE expedited delivery

Includes best-sellers, new releases, fiction and non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks and more. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Catch Catch

Up to $20 off face mask bulk packs

Save up to $20 on face mask bulk packs at Catch. Hurry, this deal won't last long. T&Cs apply.

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Popular AU Top Merchant Shopping Deals coupon codes

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3 Jul 2020 $25 off site-wide 25O****
3 Jul 2020 Extra 15% off sale LN-****
3 Jul 2020 20% off Aspect Sunscreen CTO****
3 Jul 2020 Extra 20% off tops 20T****
3 Jul 2020 15% off top tech range + FREE express metro delivery P15****

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    rayDecember 26, 2015

    are there any bargains for air conditioners?

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      Hi Ray,

      Thanks for your question.

      Appliances Online is currently holding an up to 34% off select stock sale. You can browse for air conditioners with them here.

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

      Hope this has helped!

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    GaryDecember 24, 2013

    How do I list my products here for sale?
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