In China, November 11th or 11.11 is called Guanggun Jie or Single’s Day. From Wikipedia:
Chinese Singles’ Day or Guanggun Jie (Chinese: 光棍节; pinyin: Guānggùn Jié; Wade–Giles: Kuang-kun chieh; literally: “Single Sticks’ Holiday”) is an entertaining festival widespread among young Mainland Chinese people, to celebrate the fact that they are proud of being single. The date, November 11th (11/11), is chosen because the number “1” resembles an individual that is alone. This festival has become the largest offline and online shopping day in the world, with sales in Alibaba’s sites Tmall and Taobao at US$5.8 billion in 2013, US$9.3 billion in 2014, US$14.3 billion in 2015 and over US$17.8 billion in 2016.
What being single has to do with deals is still a mystery to me, but if you are going to do some shopping on AliExpress, Gearbest or BangGood today is the day. I only have first hand experience with AliExpress (China’s Amazon) so let’s start there…
New AliExpress users are given a $4 off coupon on a $12+ purchase using code Aliexpressnewsd so you are already ahead of the game. If you get the app, you’ll save a few pennies more (not worth it IMO).
That being said, I wasn’t able to find too many amazing deals on products I know (and AliExpress shipments are usually 2-4 weeks from China) so you are going to have to dig pretty deep here and I think mostly you’ll want to look at raw materials like batteries, chips, solar panels, etc.
I did pick up a 100W flexible solar panel for $89 (minus the $5)
One nice thing for concerned American newbies is that AliExpress keeps your payment in Escrow until you get your product and the seller only gets the released money once you receive the package and check it over. If it isn’t what you wanted, the seller pays return shipment.
Some things that might catch your eye:
- XIAOMI shop. MiPhone Global Version Xiaomi Mi A1 MiA1 Mobile Phone 4GB 64GB Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 12.0MP+12.0MP Dual Camera Android One CE FCC: $195
- Solar Panels, 100W Flexible: $94
- 18650 Batteries in Bulk:
- 36V ebike battery: $266