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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.

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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

Filippo Loreti Filippo Loreti

Up to 30% off best-selling watches

Take advantage of best-selling watches with up to 30% off at Filippo Loreti. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 33% off best-sellers

Enjoy up to 33% off custom face masks, airpod case, pillows and more at Qstomize. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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HERO8 black bundle starting at $459.95

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FREE shipping

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THE ICONIC THE ICONIC

25% off summer sports items

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Razer Razer

Up to $300 off Razer Blade laptops

Valid on selected laptops and for a limited time only at Razer. While stocks last. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off gaming gear

Enjoy up to 50% off Razer mice, keyboards and audio products. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Lovehoney Lovehoney

20% off sexy costumes

Browse a wide range of outfits and find the perfect get-up for your special night in. Shop now and bring your character to life with 20% off selected styles. T&Cs apply.

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Amazon Amazon

Dungeons & Dragons essentials kit from just $27.95

Start your adventure and unleashed your imagination with Dungeons & Dragons cooperative storytelling game from just $27.95 at Amazon. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Dyson Dyson

Up to $200 off selected products

Explore the latest promotions and save up to $200 on selected vacuum, purifier, tower fan and more. T&Cs apply.

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Gymshark Gymshark

FREE standard shipping

Get FREE standard shipping when you spend $120 at Gymshark. T&Cs apply.

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Green Man Gaming Green Man Gaming

Up to 85% off top rated PC games

Enjoy up to 85% off top rated PC games at Green Man Gaming. T&Cs apply.

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eBay eBay

8% off Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) with charging case

Score 8% off Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) with charging case at eBay. Hurry, while stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Squarespace Squarespace

FREE website trial

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eBay eBay

38% off Huawei P30 Pro mobile

Valid for a limited time only at eBay. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Lovehoney Lovehoney

30% off bra sets

Valid on selected styles and for a limited time only at Lovehoney. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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eBay eBay

28% off Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones

Valid for a limited time only at eBay. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Lovehoney Lovehoney

Up to 30% off luxury vibrators

Valid on selected items and for a limited time only at Lovehoney. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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HelloFresh HelloFresh
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$80 off your first four HelloFresh boxes

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Forever New Forever New

30% off everything

Score 30% off absolutely everything at Forever New. Limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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THE ICONIC THE ICONIC

25% off sunshine styles

Valid on selected styles from The Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Swimwear and more. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Appliances Online Appliances Online

Up to 45% off

Shop and enjoy up to 45% off at Appliances Online. T&Cs apply.

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25% off sunny kids' styles

Valid on selected styles from Herschel, Sunnylife, Calvin Klein Jeans and more. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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The Book Depository The Book Depository

Up to 91% off: Gift Deals

Choose from a wide variety of books and get up to 91% off your purchase at The Book Depository. Valid for a limited time. T&Cs apply.

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Princess Highway Princess Highway

Outlet dresses and jumpsuits $40 and under

Shop outlet dresses and jumpsuits for $40 and under at Princess Highway. T&Cs apply.

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24S 24S

15% off full-price items

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Princess Highway Princess Highway

Sale styles $50 and under

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Cotton On Cotton On

Buy 1, get 1 50% off graphic tees

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Princess Highway Princess Highway

20% off selected new arrivals

Score 20% on selected new arrivals at Princess Highway. T&Cs apply.

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ECHT ECHT

30% off Arise Leggings

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Camper Camper

Up to 40% off Camper shoes

Enjoy up to 40% off a wide range of formal and casual boots from our Spring/Summer 2020 collection. T&Cs apply.

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ECHT ECHT

50% off Arise Comfort Leggings

Valid for a limited time at ECHT. T&Cs apply.

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The UNDONE The UNDONE

FREE paper notebooks for the first 30 pre-orders

Get ready for the new year with an organised Life's luxury A5 and A4 diaries, goal set, budget, manage your schedule, tick off your to-do list and much more. The first 30 pre-orders will receive a FREE paper notebooks. T&Cs apply.

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Kobo Kobo

Up to 75% off horror and thriller eBooks

Valid for a limited time only at Kobo. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Telstra deals Telstra deals
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Pre-order the new iPhone 12

Add the iPhone 12 to Telstra's extra large mobile plan and get $50/month bill credit for 12 months.180gb for $65/month (plan only) was $115/month. T&Cs apply.

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Chemist Warehouse Chemist Warehouse

50% off Blackmores products

Shop and enjoy 50% off vitamins and supplements from Blackmores at Chemist Warehouse. T&Cs apply.

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The Good Guys The Good Guys

17% off Bosch 8kg front load washer

Valid for a limited time only at The Good Guys. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Just Sunnies Just Sunnies

Up to 50% off sale

Score up to 50% off selected styles from Oakley, Ray-Ban, Bvlgari and more at Just Sunnies. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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The Good Guys The Good Guys

20% off Linsar smart TV

Enjoy 20% off Linsar 82" 4K UHD HDR SMART TV at The Good Guys. Limited time offer only. T&Cs apply.

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    rayDecember 26, 2015

    are there any bargains for air conditioners?

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      StephanieDecember 29, 2015Staff

      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!

      Stephanie

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    GaryDecember 24, 2013

    How do I list my products here for sale?
    Cheers, Gary

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      ShirleyDecember 24, 2013Staff

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for your comment, I’ve emailed you about your query.

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