Today I aim to introduce those new to the scene (or just those of us who are slightly more weary of internet shopping) to three of the biggest
Daily Sales Sites are now big business is Australia. Forget your coupon sites (Groupon, Ourdeal, Cudo etc. – we’ll get to those) today we’ll be focusing on the three big sites offering daily deals for Fashion, Homewares, Accessories, Beauty, Technology, Groceries and more: BrandExclusive, Catchoftheday and OzSale. I’ve purchased a plethora of items from all three and I’ll go through the good, bad and the ugly to help you navigate the waters of those must-have deals (along with the ones you’d be better off avoiding). Ozsale
(Including BuyInvite, their sister site)
Prices: One of the things that has always made Ozsale so appealing, over its peers, is its ridiculously low prices. If you catch the right sale, on the right day, you can get quality items for truly insance prices. These are by no means every single sale. However, usually at least several times a week, you can snap up branded items at 50% - 70% off retail.
Quality: As a third party distributor (who sometimes never even see the stock they’re selling) the quality of goods sold on the Ozsale website varies dramatically. I have bought a king quilt on there that, literally, shrunk to the size of a double in a matter of months. However, I have also bought $10 shoes that have lasted years. The main thing to consider with this site is the brands. If it’s a place you’ve never heard of at a price that seems ridiculous
Note: I would like to add that I have been dubious about Ozsale since they sold me an obviously fake Thomas Sabo charm (for over $100 I might add). I did not appreciate the fact that I’d been sent such clearly fraudulent merchandise but, more importantly, I hated the dismissive way in which my complaint was handled. I received a refund, after jumping through at least a dozen hoops, but it has since left me questioning the integrity of the entire site. There are many reports on the internet that a number of the goods they sell are in fact fakes so it is definitely something to consider before purchase.
Shipping: Ozsale and Buyinvite operate as third party sales sites. They’ll often sell you items that are being shipped direct from their featured supplier, wherever they may happen to be in the world. For that reason shipping can go from long to ridiculously long to oh-wow-those-bras-I-ordered-three-months-ago-I-fogot-about-those long. You’re often not supplied with tracking numbers for your purchases either so it's impossible to tell when (if ever) goods will arrive.
Bargain or not: The phrase to remember with this site, as with many now lurking on the net, is the old idiom ‘buyer beware’. There are some great bargains to be had but just be careful what you get is actually what you paid for and, if not, send it back and get a refund.
Coupon: At the moment HSBCOZSALE25 will get you $25 off any order over $100.
New deals daily at 12pm, 4pm & 7pm
Prices: Catchoftheday offers reasonable prices, generally at about 30-50% off retail. However not everything is at a remarkable price and, if unsure, it’s probably better you just move on. One of the great things about the site though is that, occasionally, if you keep an eye out and an ear to the ground, they will offer further discounts, turning good deals into great ones. During this most recent EOFY sales scramble they twice offered 75% off on items ranging from mobile gps’, voodoo tights, quilt cover sets, American bbq sauce and so much more. Be warned though, this store does not hold things in your cart so, if you are lucky enough to stumble across one of these extra percentage deals, click, click, click and then buy ASAP.
Quality: One thing I really like about Catchoftheyday (and why it’s generally my go to) is that everything is
Shipping: Shipping with Catchoftheday is great! They provide shipment tracking and super speedy service. Items generally arrive with 3-5 business days and are packaged well. You really can’t complain.
Bargain or not? There are definitely bargains to be had on this site. The trick is simply to keep your eyes open and wait for those truly extraordinary deals, which do pop up from time to time.
Prices: https://brandsexclusive.com.au/r/uu5131980">BrandExclusive offers many middle of the range brands for 30%-50% than you’d expect to find them in stores. Ignore their outlet, in my experience it only offers the same things they regularly sell for the exact same prices, just thrown into a jumble in order to get rid of excess stock. Much like the other two sites the trick of BrandExclusive is snapping up those great deals as soon as they show up. It does happen and they sell out fast.
Quality: One of the great things about this site is that the vast majority of the brands and items they sell are very good quality and will not disappoint you when they arrive at your door. In my experience it doesn't boast the same fraudulent item fear.
Shipping: Not quite as fast as COTD but not nearly as long as Ozsale. You’ll likely get your goods 24 hours to 2 weeks after you order them.
Bargain or not? If you like the format or Ozsale but dislike the fact that there is a very real threat of receiving fraudulent goods then BrandExclusive is your best bet. I find it quite a reputable site overall, though shipping can be a tad slow.
In my personal opinion
Please share your experiences with me in the comments below. I'm really interested to know your opinions of these daily sales stores.