Things I’ve Learned from my Chinese Husband: Single’s Day (China’s Version of Black Friday) Can Be Cool | Speaking of China

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  1. Autumn
    Autumn November 16, 2015 at 9:29 am | | Reply

    There’s a huge difference between pushing a button in your PJs and physically battling stampeding shoppers.

    You could never, ever, get me out to stand in line at a store on a holiday. Seriously. Time is money and it’s not worth the hassle — although some Americans think Black Friday is “fun.”

    John’s idea of fun sounds way better.

    You’re going to do a follow up post with pictures of the sweater, right? 😉

  2. Marta
    Marta November 16, 2015 at 11:50 am | | Reply

    Shopping online on a holiday is definitely better than going to a physical store. Once I had the terrible idea of going to Carrefour the day before the Chinese New Year holidays started. I queued for an hour to pay.
    I didn’t participate in Double 11 this year or last year, though. I didn’t need anything 😉

  3. Svetlana
    Svetlana November 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm | | Reply

    Last year I worked at a retailer and had a Black Friday shift, and also worked there from December to 1st of January. I had a night shift from 4 AM or something until 11 PM. From personal experience, late night is good for shopping, while its during the morning that things get very crazy. Also, when I worked there during the month of December, I was shocked at the crowds and money people spent on gifts and decorations for the infamous holiday. Really gave me a big appreciation of my background that I don’t have to deal with crowds and and long lines like others…

  4. MM
    MM November 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm | | Reply

    @Marta, like you I didn’t participate in Double 11……I waited and participated on the 12th :)’

  5. Phil Chung
    Phil Chung November 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm | | Reply

    Shopping of most kinds are my nemesis. I wouldn’t be able to sit in front of the laptop whole day just to buy a few things from a online shop In fact, anything more than 30 mins – either online or offline shop – will bored me, let alone pressing F5 on the computer all the time just to fight for few items.

    I do online shop occasionally for low value items or books, but getting stuff from Taobao et al are difficult especially when they don’t accept foreign credit cards and by the time you pay for the international shipment, you might as well get them from the local shop.

    Also, increasingly Hong Kong customs are confiscating suspected shipments for counterfeit products. I don’t blame them, but China online shops generally don’t have a good reputation with the Hongkies.

  6. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason November 17, 2015 at 3:16 am | | Reply

    I am not much of a shopper in the US, but go a little nuts when I’m overseas. I love to shop then! So I can totally see how you would be enthralled by all the shopping in China. Plus, if you need things for the winter, why not take advantage of a good deal?

  7. Betty has a Panda
    Betty has a Panda November 17, 2015 at 4:56 am | | Reply

    Buying something online is definitely different than buying it in a store. All the more if you want to buy it at a special bargain. Long time of preparation and then you need to be as fast as possible, and faster than anyone else.
    If you get everything you wanted, great. If not, it’ll get frustrating fast. 🙁

  8. Anna
    Anna November 17, 2015 at 10:44 am | | Reply

    This was so funny to read! I can totally relate to what you wrote!
    I am not a big fan of Black Friday. I find it crazy how people start physically fighting over items, but Chinas double 11 is something totally different!

    This year we didnt buy much. I only got cat food which I always get, but it was half prize! Most things we need werent on sale or better were on fake sale. If its Chinese things sometimes they pretend to have disount when in fact they are selling them for the same price. So we decided to wait till next months when delivery services have more time again 🙂

    But one is for sure, I couldnt live without Taobao! Especially here in this little corner of China…

  9. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary November 17, 2015 at 11:36 am | | Reply

    My husband and I love checking out the deals and shopping on the Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic site during for the Black Friday Sales.

    There is nothing like 11/11 in Taiwan. It is funny how that day is a crazy shopping day in China, but it is a day of remembrance in Canada.

  10. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen November 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm | | Reply

    I’m really impressed with your preparation and success getting everything you wanted on Double Eleven. I’m thinking about Christmas shopping now. I wish I could figure out what to buy people. I often wander around the stores just to get ideas. If only I knew what to buy, then I could think about trying to get it on sale.

  11. Love2shop
    Love2shop December 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm | | Reply

    There’s an enormous difference between pushing control button in your PJs and physically battling stampeding shoppers.I didn’t get involved in Double 11 this coming year or this past year, though. I didn’t need anything ???? I was shocked on the crowds and funds people invested in gifts and decorations for that infamous holiday. Really afflicted me with a big appreciation of my background that I don’t need to deal with crowds and and long lines like others…

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