Posted 7th Nov 2019
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Hi all,

Next Monday, 11 November, it’s going to be Singles Day 2019. Long-time members may be familiar with this, but it’s not as well known as Black Friday or Prime Day, so I’ve put together a thread trying to explain it all. This includes who the big retailers are, how to make sure you don’t miss a big deal, and more.

I'll also try to list the BEST deals as/when live so bookmark this thread!

  • When is Singles Day 2019?

    Singles Day is on the same day every year, 11 November (11/11) — hence the name.

  • What is Singles Day?

    The ‘Single Sticks' Holiday' originated in Nanjing University as a celebration of being single. That’s the reason it is held on 11 November — because of the single digits. It serves as a time for single people in China to meet and party with other singles. Obviously, shopping for these events has become big business and in 2017, Alibaba and JD made $44.5 billion between them!

    Ironically, it has also become a day of celebrating relationships too. In 2011, there were 4000 marriages in Beijing on day, compared to the normal 700.

    It has become a massive event in the year in China, so much so that Singles Day is comparatively four times larger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with targets being smashed each consecutive year. It is sure to get bigger and bigger in the UK and Europe over the next few years.

How to prepare for Singles Day

Since Singles Day is still relatively new to the UK, it won’t get as busy as Black Friday, but it’s still a good idea to have a plan of attack. Make a list of the things you want, or know at least the sort of thing you want, otherwise you will lose yourself in the depths of AliExpress. We will endeavour to get the best deals on site, with the big name brands getting priority — Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Asus, and many more.

The most important thing is to do your research. A Singles Day price might not be a bargain, as some retailers increase prices slowly on the run up to the day, so be aware of price history and that it hasn’t just been taken down to a previous sales price.

Always make a list of what you want, take a look on hotukdeals to see if they have been posted before on site, and then make a decision. Some deals may be exclusive to certain merchants, but you'll find very similar specs elsewhere for a lot less — especially in China.

One major thing to be aware of on AliExpress is the merchant’s review scores. Sellers with less than 95% positive reviews, or those that haven’t been on AliExpress for at least a year, should be avoided.

List of retailers expected to take part below:

AliExpress
Anker
Aukey
Ben Sherman
Bestek
EU Noda Camp (SVT)
Fance
Gearbest
Joybuy
MingXi Eu
The Perfume Shop
Sunvalleytek-UK
Suits Direct
UGreen
Ustellar

There will be more than this, but for now, those will get you on the way to shopping nirvana.


How to find the best deals, using hotukdeals.

All of the hottest deals over Singles Day (as well as every other day of the year) are found on our website and in the app. At the top of the homepage, you'll see a few different categories of deals...

Highlights- the BEST of hotukdeals including hot deals, fast moving threads, glitches & more

Hot- Deals voted Hot by the community hit the hot page around 100 degrees and shows deals starting to climb the hotukdeals boards.

New - All deals submitted get posted here, it's the go-to for everything new, well worth keeping tabs on as some expire very quickly.



How to get Singles Day 2019 alerts for the deals YOU want...

Set up singles Day 2019 alerts for the deals YOU want

The easiest way to make sure you never miss out is getting Singles Day deals sent straight to your phone, simple, quick and free to do this via our hotukdeals app.

So first, download it for Android or iOS. Once done, you can set up keyword alerts for any of the deals you care about.

  • Step 1 - Tap the 3 lines in the top left corner
  • Step 2 - Select 'Alerts'
  • Step 3 - Head to the bottom right - Tap the pencil to edit
  • Step 4 - Tap a keyword you want to add an alert for, or type your own.
  • Step 5 - Set the heat level you want to be notified at.)
  • Step 5 - Hit Save in the top right corner

You can also go back into these settings to remove, edit etc.

There are other ways to make sure you don't miss out too

Follow threads you are interested in

Get Singles Day deals straight to your phone or tablet when they are posted — the simplest and best way to ensure you don’t miss a bargain.

The easiest way to make sure you never miss out is getting Singles Day deals sent straight to your phone, quick and free to do this via our daily picks.

Daily Picks

Before you can use it you'll need to switch it on from the hotukdeals app.


Hottest deals on the go.The world’s largest deal community fits in your pocket. Find the latest, hottest deals on all the things you want, wherever you are!

Introducing Daily Picks - our in-app alternative to WhatsApp deal alerts!



How do you follow or save a thread you’re interested in?


On any deal thread you can follow it by clicking ‘Subscribe’ and you will get information and updates when people comment on the thread or if there are any changes to the thread, like if it expires or is due to expire. You can turn this on and off by simply clicking the button again.

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How to follow members that post deals that you’re interested in?

If you want to follow a particular member of the community or editor you know posts deals you like, for example NeoTrix, msmyth or Akira_Cat, go to their profile and simply click the 'follow' icon. To turn notifications off, just click it again.

You can also change this in your profile settings under 'Following & Muted'.

Follow us on social media. Just click through and follow in the normal way...

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Make sure you select 'See first' on the hotukdeals facebook pages as some deals expire VERY quickly. Just hover over Following or Liked near the cover photo and click See First.



Looking for specific categories?

Electronics
Gaming
Broadband & Phone Contracts
Fashion & Accessories
Family & Kids
Sports & Outdoors
Culture & Leisure
Home & Living
Garden & Do It Yourself
Health & Beauty
Groceries
Travel
Car & Motorcycle
Finance & Insurance
Services & Contracts



What Singles Day 2019 deals do we think will be popular?

For the electronics side of things, expect smartphones from Xiaomi and Huawei, robot vacuum cleaners, wireless headphones and ear-phones, camera drones, Smart lighting, Smart devices generally, power banks, cables and chargers, wireless portable speakers, smart watches, camera accessories, and much, much more.



A Few Predictions

Gearbest will have offers on Xiaomi electric scooters, smart phones, Mi Bands, earbuds and so on.

AliExpress merchants will definitely be taking part with big discounts on home, fashion and electricals.

SunValleytek-UK have several brands like TaoTronics for audio, RavPower for power banks and chargers, and UBeauty for cosmetics and makeup, so expect to see a lot of products from them.

Expect discounts on Aukey and Anker items including power banks, car chargers, dash cams, and chargers generally.

Ustellar (Novostella) are good for lighting, smart bulbs, outdoor lights, and smart devices.



10 Pro Tips and Tricks to Prepare for Singles Day 2019

  • Make a budget
  • Make lists of the sort of things you want
  • Create accounts on seller pages like AliExpress to save time
  • Update personal profiles
  • Compare prices
  • Find coupons where possible
  • Follow favourite brands
  • Read up on seller policies (returns, shipping costs, etc.) as Chinese merchants are not held to the same laws as European sellers
  • Bookmark shopping event pages and set Keyword Alerts on hotukdeals
  • Use your credit card or PayPal for large purchases as this will give you a bit more protection
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  1. Avatar
    Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. It's like everything is a DFS sale now. A perpetual treasure hunt for the odd decent (but rarely exceptional) price amidst a sea of tat, most of which is always discounted and most of which isn't worth the price, no matter how far below the RRP it's supposedly is.

    How long will it be until Santa Claus: The Movie becomes a reality and we have "Christmas 2"? (edited)
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    doormanjoel07/11/2019 20:05

    Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest …Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest we forget...seems like people are forgetting already... 😞

    I don't think there's remembrance day in china
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    Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest we forget...seems like people are forgetting already... 😞
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    I’m not single - I’m self-coupled !
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    Really hope this doesn't take off over here, it's remembrance day which is very important.
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    Pete07/11/2019 15:57

    I've noticed you like a Chinese smartphone deal!


    Who me?
    You must have me mistaken for Mrs Witch
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    McGonigle07/11/2019 17:26

    Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. …Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. It's like everything is a DFS sale now. A perpetual treasure hunt for the odd decent (but rarely exceptional) price amidst a sea of tat, most of which is always discounted and most of which isn't worth the price, no matter how far below the RRP it's supposedly is.How long will it be until Santa Claus: The Movie becomes a reality and we have "Christmas 2"?


    Peak capitalism my friend. What else will the masses do now that religion isn’t the opiate it once was?
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    Cameron9208/11/2019 15:22

    So lots of cheap Chinese tat and electronics you'll be waiting to be …So lots of cheap Chinese tat and electronics you'll be waiting to be delivered for weeks and potential of custom charges and Royal mail admin fees being added?


    When you consider that most things are manufactured in China, is it all tat?
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    deankdhdd07/11/2019 21:01

    I don't think there's remembrance day in china


    And yet I don’t see any headline deals for poppies on here.
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    McGonigle07/11/2019 17:26

    Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. …Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. It's like everything is a DFS sale now. A perpetual treasure hunt for the odd decent (but rarely exceptional) price amidst a sea of tat, most of which is always discounted and most of which isn't worth the price, no matter how far below the RRP it's supposedly is.How long will it be until Santa Claus: The Movie becomes a reality and we have "Christmas 2"?


    Hear hear. Ironically the flood of sales has made me spend less now. It's exhausting how many "opportunities" there are for a deal and it's had the opposite effect on me by making me ignore all of them!
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    Wait a minute, if I finished my lass I get discount? I'm in
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    remembrance day wtf guys
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    McGonigle07/11/2019 17:26

    Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. …Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. It's like everything is a DFS sale now. A perpetual treasure hunt for the odd decent (but rarely exceptional) price amidst a sea of tat, most of which is always discounted and most of which isn't worth the price, no matter how far below the RRP it's supposedly is.How long will it be until Santa Claus: The Movie becomes a reality and we have "Christmas 2"?


    That's pretty much what Black Friday is.

    When I was a kid (70s) we In Scotland didn't do much for Christmas but went all in for Hogmanay/New Year. The rest of the UK went for Christmas and America was much more interested in Thanksgiving than Christmas.

    In the UK we had retailers clearing stock after Christmas in the boxing day sales. We also had the New Year sales after hogmanay. In American their retailers clear stock after Thanksgiving as that's when they typically sold most of their stock, that's what Black Friday is, the post Thanksgiving sales.

    So in short we have imported the American version of Christmas. And it's impacted UK retailers as they want to sell their stock at full price in the run up to Christmas but now they have to cut prices. (though its debatable how much they really get cut)
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    Shame there is no way to vote posts like this cold.
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    Ok
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    Already adding items to my AliExpress wishlist... Need more than 10 fingers for the nail art supplies I'm getting 💅😁
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    McGonigle07/11/2019 17:26

    Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. …Another bloody holiday imported to squeeze a few more pennies from us. It's like everything is a DFS sale now. A perpetual treasure hunt for the odd decent (but rarely exceptional) price amidst a sea of tat, most of which is always discounted and most of which isn't worth the price, no matter how far below the RRP it's supposedly is.How long will it be until Santa Claus: The Movie becomes a reality and we have "Christmas 2"?



    I was about to write a similar comment that every day is a sale day.
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    deankdhdd07/11/2019 21:01

    I don't think there's remembrance day in china


    I think it's a case of Hanlon's Razor "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.".

    Hopefully it's just really stupid of companies to try and turn 11.11 into a commercial holiday in the UK / Commonwealth.
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    I think we can see where this site's priorities are...

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    So lots of cheap Chinese tat and electronics you'll be waiting to be delivered for weeks and potential of custom charges and Royal mail admin fees being added?
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    But I don't want the knockoff Chinese tat. I'm good
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    craig.jones07/11/2019 23:35

    remembrance day wtf guys


    China wasn't part of the Great War, so no armistice.
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    doormanjoel07/11/2019 20:05

    Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest …Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest we forget...seems like people are forgetting already... 😞


    Rememberence day is on Sunday 10th
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    deleted234781808/11/2019 23:14

    Might be just me, but this seems really forced. All supporting retailers …Might be just me, but this seems really forced. All supporting retailers are Chinese. Some of the comments posted here seem somewhat... suspect.I don't trust any of this.


    It's a Chinese day, why would you think UK retailers would take part in it?
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    doormanjoel07/11/2019 20:05

    Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest …Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest we forget...seems like people are forgetting already... 😞



    oli_1_uk07/11/2019 21:46

    Really hope this doesn't take off over here, it's remembrance day which is …Really hope this doesn't take off over here, it's remembrance day which is very important.


    If the publishers of "Call of Duty" have now finally realised that their previous release period was in poor taste then there is hope for everybody.
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    Double 11 day is fantastic. Taobao in China basically has spend £50 get £6-7 off, on everything. All the big brands having a huge sale too. If this happened in the UK, this website would crash.
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    Expect some great deals on cat food.
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    Anonymous User
    HA A ha
    when i first post here YEARS ago was banned cos GEARBEST ETC
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    Best way to prepare for singles day = thank god you’ve got nobody to whinge at you, scratch that itch in peace, eat what you want, watch what you want, order what you want, drink whatever you want in copious amounts, vomit wherever you want, wake up when you want then wear whatever you want! Can you tell I’m married & jealous
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    Might be just me, but this seems really forced. All supporting retailers are Chinese. Some of the comments posted here seem somewhat... suspect.

    I don't trust any of this.
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    deleted234781808/11/2019 23:14

    Might be just me, but this seems really forced. All supporting retailers …Might be just me, but this seems really forced. All supporting retailers are Chinese. Some of the comments posted here seem somewhat... suspect.I don't trust any of this.


    It is happening in China, so most merchants or retailers will be Chinese. Some global companies have realised that is becoming the biggest sales day across the world and are joining in. We aren’t “pushing” it, we just want people to know about it. China’s marketplaces are more often than not legitimate and can give big discounts because they buy direct from the manufacturer in bulk.
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    doormanjoel07/11/2019 20:05

    Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest …Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest we forget...seems like people are forgetting already... 😞


    love a bit of fake outrage
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    HottUKDealer07/11/2019 16:12

    I’m not single - I’m self-coupled !


    That makes it sound like you've glued yourself to yourself American Pie style.
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    doormanjoel07/11/2019 20:05

    Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest …Wow how disrespectful! Now there trying to replace remembrance Day...lest we forget...seems like people are forgetting already... 😞


    Ironic how your post has 11 'likes'. I agree with your comments but would feel it disrespectful to add another 'like' to make it 12. I'm sure someone will add another and then this post will not make any sense
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    Comptonagreenie08/11/2019 23:16

    Rememberence day is on Sunday 10th


    Oops I meant Armistice Day 11th of the 11th which to me is equally important as it's all part of the special occasion of what it represents
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    Remembrance Day and remembrance Sunday are not the same thing, cmon everyone should know that!
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    doormanjoel09/11/2019 00:07

    Oops I meant Armistice Day 11th of the 11th which to me is equally …Oops I meant Armistice Day 11th of the 11th which to me is equally important as it's all part of the special occasion of what it represents


    Pretty sure that the families of the 10000 men and women who died on the 10th-11th of November 1918 just so the armistice could be on a memorable date and time aren’t so keen to keep it special!
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