6 must-have apps for online shopping
Save money, skip the crowds and stay on the sofa.
Sometimes a little shopping can be therapeutic, but if there's one thing that's better than scouring the stores for a bargain, it's doing it all from your smartphone. Finding that perfect dress, gadget or accessory is even more enjoyable when you can buy it while chilling in a coffee shop or at home on the couch. But shopping apps offer much more than just an easy way to find what you're after. Smart shopping can earn you cashback, points or group savings - like these apps and tips below.
Buying and selling, just like the free pages.
Whether you're selling an old sofa or looking for a humidifier on the cheap, the ever-popular Carousell (available for iOS and Android) is a marketplace for people to buy and sell goods. You can quickly clear your clutter by snapping your unwanted items with your smartphone, adding a description and posting it in seconds to one of Carousell's many groups on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Love your vintage? Find exactly what you’re looking for using the app's catalogue-style browsing.
Bag yourself a deal (or two).
Everyone loves a bargain, which is why Qoo10 is one of Singapore's leading shopping sites. The app (available for iOS and Android) makes shopping on mobile much easier, with a clear category menu, easy swiping between products and a powerful search, giving you access to over 17 million products. There are daily deals, timed sales, group buys and specials on everything from skincare to electrical goods, and even e-tickets if you opt for a store pickup.
If you're all about the look, you need Zalora on your phone. The app (available for iOS and Android) offers up to 70 per cent discounts on big name brands, from Nike and Ivy Park to Calvin Klein, Miss Selfridge and a range of Korean designers. Find everything you need from a catalogue of over 50,000 products, and have it delivered to your door in no time. It even offers cash-on-delivery as a payment option.
Taobao - translated!
For some of the best bargains online you normally need to get your head around the confusing world of Taobao - EZbuy takes the ‘confusing’ part out of that equation. Formally known as 65daigou, EZbuy provides all those tempting items in English, with an easy to use platform, so you can get right to the good stuff. The app (available for iOS and Android) provides listings for companies in China, Taiwan and the USA and gives the shipping charges and time to Singapore for each product.
It’s a deal-breaker!
Some people’s dream is to be paid to shop, and with Shopback you actually can. The app (on iOS and Android) works as a portal for a range of online stores from travel sites such as booking.com and Singapore Airlines, to Foodpanda, eBay and Uber (over the minimum spend). For each purchase you make, you receive a percentage back into your account, which you can transfer to your bank or PayPal. The app also offers vouchers, which can save you even more of those dollars.
All of your essentials.
Online shopping isn't just about fashion and tech. With Redmart, now available under Lazada, you can have your groceries and household items delivered with ease. This means no more carting heavy shopping bags home. The app (available exclusively under the Lazada app for iOS and Android) has a wide selection of fresh goods and essentials, all categorised into handy groups. And don't worry, fresh items are labelled with their shelf life too. Once you've finished shopping you can pick a two-hour delivery slot for the driver to drop off your items. Not only a time saver, but a back saver as well!
Gear up to shop big this year with these great apps; even better, get them on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (now available with FREE delivery at StarHub’s Online Store!) Need more data for your retail therapy? Easily add 3GB to your StarHub Mobile plan for only $6 a month! Now you can shop worry-free.