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Boxing Day has an origin which historians can't seem to decide on.
Some say it has origins in the Anglican tradition of collecting money in boxes during Christmas and handing it out the day after. Others say it has roots in the tradition where employers and the aristocracy would give their servants and employees gifts on the day after Christmas. Either way, in Sydney the day after Christmas signals arguably the most competitive sales in the state and is also a time for getting some of the best bargains of the year.
So what kinds of things are discounted on Boxing Day and where can the major sales be found in Sydney? Most importantly, what tips can you use to make sure you're getting a bargain and how can you avoid a nasty credit card debt hangover?
Read on and you'll find answers.
Many retailers are closed during Boxing Day in Australia because it's a public holiday. But, the following major locations are open.
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Hours listed were verified as correct on 17 December 2018.
Merchants open: David Jones, Myer, Cotton On, JB Hi Fi, Dick Smith, Zara and many more. The Strand Arcade and Pitt Street Mall are open, as well as most retailers in the Galeries Victoria. For more information about which stores will be open, speak to the stores directly.
Trading hours: Westfield Pitt Street: 7am - 9pm | Strand Arcade: 9am - 6pm
This includes Myer and David Jones, Woolworths, ALDO, General Pants Co., Glue Store, Marcs, Mimco, Oakley and many more.
Trading hours: 7am - 9pm
Broadway Shopping Centre includes Kmart, Dymocks, Cotton On, Lorna Jane and many more retailers.
Trading hours: 8am - 6pm
Includes a JB Hi-Fi, Toys R Us, Bing Lee, Barbecues Galore, Fantastic Furniture, Freedom, King Furniture, Nick Scali and more.
Trading hours: Centre hours: 10am - 5pm | Anaconda, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys are open beyond these hours
Newly renovated Warringah Mall offers David Jones, Myer, Witchery, Glue Store, General Pants, Sass & Bide, Camilla, Glassons, Forever New, Woolworths, Coles and many more.
Trading hours: 8am - 6pm
Westfield Miranda is one of the biggest shopping malls in Sydney. It has most major retailers including Target, Kmart, David Jones, Myer and more.
Trading hours: 7am - 7pm
This centre has Myer, David Jones, Target, Kmart, Bardot, Bonds, Cotton On and more.
Trading hours: 9:30am - 6pm
Chatswood Chase is a centre for higher end and designer stores like Sass & Bide, Alannah Hill and more. Chatswood Westfield has most major department store and fashion retailers.
Trading hours: Chatswood Chase centre hours: 9am - 6pm | Westfield: 8am - 6pm
Macquarie Centre has Sephora, H&M, Forever 21, David Jones and more.
Trading hours: 8am - 6pm
For those of us who prefer to spend Boxing Day with the family, don't want to deal with the mass of shoppers in every store, or don't want to deal with the lack of parking and crowded public transport, the online world has you covered. Unlike bricks and mortar stores, online stores will allow you to spend time with your loved ones and get some bargains. You can quickly search for items and compare prices among retailers to find the best deal.
There'll be great discounts to be had online, so be sure to check out your favourite retailers, even if you're going to the Boxing Day sales at any of the locations listed above.
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If you want to squeeze more out of your Boxing Day experience this year and avoid coming home having spent a scary amount of money, follow these tips.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year if you're a retailer. People come in their droves looking for gifts, some willing to spend whatever it takes to get their loved ones or colleagues something they'll remember.
To prepare for this, retailers—both physical and online types—will make larger orders of items than they normally would. Sometimes they'll even get a discount on items because of the larger amount they're buying. When Christmas Day is finally upon us and all gifts are bought and exchanged, retailers need a way of selling any leftover stock to prepare for the new year—and what better way to do this apart from a huge sale?
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