Chinese Black Friday tips

Chinese Black Friday tips

Single Day is Black Friday before its time! Until November 13, 2022, Chinese merchants are celebrating this symbolic day by making significant discounts – up to 80%! – on hundreds of items, including high-tech.

It’s time to do some good business! AliExpress’s Single Day – China’s equivalent of Black Friday – is starting a little early this year. Since Tuesday 1er November until November 13, at 7:59 a.m., the e-commerce giant is organizing an event to please millions of consumers around the world, including in France. The perfect opportunity to find high-tech devices at bargain prices, including premium brands like Xiaomi, Apple, LG and Lenovo! Smartphones, earphones and headsets, connected watches and bracelets, laptops, televisions, consoles… There really is something for all tastes and all budgets. Some products are even offered with 80% discounts, a real opportunity as the end-of-year holidays approach and in this period of generalized inflation, especially since the market has been experiencing a severe shortage of electronic components for the past a good moment. Be careful, however, not to take advantage of this period to fall into overconsumption…

Attention, it is essential to enter the promo code displayed on the page – on the image of the product – and to activate the reduction coupons to make the most of the reductions!

What is Single Day?

Originally, Single Day was a day dedicated to singles that appeared in the 1990s, an opportunity to be proud of one’s celibacy but also to break it. That’s why the official date is November 11 – 11/11 – because, in China, the number 1 represents the couple, and by extension celibacy. But this holiday has been the subject of significant commercial recoveries in China, in particular concerning online sales. It’s the most lucrative global trade promotion in the world, ahead of Black Friday – and with far more aggressive prices. AliExpress, in particular, offers very interesting promotions in high-tech, since it can rely on its privileged relationships with Asian brands – we immediately think of Xiaomi.

For the first, the duration of the event has been extended to cover a longer period. There will therefore be two particularly strong moments in terms of promotions: Tuesday November 1 and Wednesday November 2, since this is the start of the operation, and November 11 and 12, since it is respectively the official date of the event as well as its last day. Be careful not to hang around too long, because stocks are limited and you have to decide quickly so as not to miss the good deals! But that doesn’t mean you have to jump on it blindly! It is important to note and compare prices because, as with sales and all commercial operations, the reductions displayed are sometimes exaggerated…

Single Day: VAT, delivery date and right of withdrawal

The Single Day concerns many Chinese brands, and not only specialized in high-tech products. This is why it is important to pay attention to delivery times, which can be quite long – except for those with European warehouses – and VAT. Indeed, it applies to all products from countries outside the European Economic Community (EEC), even if they only cost a few euros. Fortunately, several major Chinese merchants, including AliExpress, have warehouses in Europe – including France – which offers several advantages. Thus, delivery times are generally three working days, and merchant sites include VAT in their price while offering the mandatory guarantees. The only exception is when the package comes from China and the total amount exceeds 150 euros. In this case, VAT and customs fees are payable upon receipt of the package, even if it is very small. So be sure to look carefully so as not to have any unpleasant surprises!

Another thing to know: brands like AliExpress obviously respect the legal withdrawal period in France during the Single Day, which is 14 days from the date of delivery. You can thus get a full refund for your purchase, if you are not satisfied or if you simply regret it, and without having to provide the slightest explanation. To find out all about the application of the right of withdrawal, consult our fact sheet.

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