India’s largest online retailers Flipkart and Amazon are gearing up to run massive festival sales during which shoppers can expect to see the largest discounts of the year.
Flipkart’s Big Billion Days runs for five days from September 20th until September 24th. Amazon follows with its Great Indian Festival from 21st September to 24th September, however, Amazon Prime members get early access to the sale starting 12 noon on 20th September.
There’s also smaller but still shopping worthy sales from Jabong , Myntra , Tata CLiQ and others over the next few days.
To help you make the most of the sales, we’ve come up with a list of tips.
Additional Discounts & Cashback on Credit & Debit Cards or wallets
Use specific credit or debit cards for additional savings.
Flipkart is giving an additional 10% instant discount to SBI Debit and Credit Card holders . You can use the SBI instant discount a maximum of three times during the sale. Total savings are capped at Rs. 4500 with a max of Rs. 1500 on each transaction.
If you have not used Fliipkart’s UPI wallet PhonePe yet, first time users get an additional 10% cashback on their purchases capped at Rs. 100. This offer can even be clubbed with the SBI card offer.
Amazon meanwhile is offering 10% cashback to HDFC card holders (debit or credit) . The maximum cashback is Rs. 1750 per card and only applies on a minimum transaction amount of Rs. 5000.
Additionally, when you add balance to your Amazon Pay account , you’ll receive 10% cashback up to Rs. 500 which will be credited to your account by Oct 10th. If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, we recommend adding Rs. 5000 to your Amazon Pay balance so you get the maximum Rs. 500 cashback.
Earn Online Cashback For Flipkart & Amazon Purchases:
You can save more by earning cashback on top of your Flipkart or Amazon purchases when you use cashback websites like CouponDunia. This cashback by CouponDunia is on top of existing discounts including the discount you may earn from your debit or credit card.
To earn cashback from CouponDunia, visit CouponDunia and create an account.With this link you’ll get a Rs. 50 bonus on signup. Then click out from CouponDunia to either Flipkart or Amazon. After you make the purchase, the cashback will accrue into your CouponDunia account.
The amount of cashback earned depends on the category of your purchase but can range from 1-3% for categories like mobiles & electronics or up to 7% for fashion & lifestyle.
No Cost EMI
Both Amazon and Flipkart are offering No Cost EMI across thousands of products during their sales. This is an excellent opportunity to make a large purchase such as a mobile phone or an appliance without having to pay the full amount up-front and avoid interest charges.
Learn more about Amazon No Cost EMI and Flipkart No Cost EMI by following the links.
Know the Schedule & Keep Checking Back
Both Flipkart and Amazon want you to keep checking back often so not every category goes on sale as soon as the sale starts.
Day 1, September 20th, of Flipkart’s sale will bring you discounts on Fashion, TV & Appliances, Home & Furniture. However, Day 2 is the most anticipated day of the sale as Flipkart will go live with discounts on Mobiles and Electronics.
For Amazon, regular shoppers get access to their sales starting at midnight on September 21st. But Prime members get early access at 12 noon on 20th September.
Night Owls & Early Birds To Be Rewarded
Even within the same category, the deals are staggered over time. Deals are released in regular intervals so you can’t just make one visit. You have to keep visiting again and again.
Midnight is the most important time to visit as the maximum number of new deals will release at midnight each night. Especially be awake for midnight of Day 2 of Flipkart’s sale if you are interested in buying a new mobile or electronics. The maximum number of products sold in last year’s sale happened between midnight and 1am of Day 2 of Flipkart’s sale.
Limited Availability Means Buy Fast
Be quick to buy. Most of the best offers are very limited availability. These large Diwali sales are famous for how quickly deals sell out – some just minutes after going live.
If you hesitate to make your purchase, you may lose the opportunity. Do all your research in advance and be ready with your card when it’s time to check out.
Sign Up For Amazon Prime
Amazon’s sale officially starts midnight on 21st September but Prime members get early access at 12 noon 20th September. Not only early access, but Amazon states that through the sale dates, Prime members will get the best deals first and their own exclusive offers.
This is on top of the usual benefits of Prime that include unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery. Plus for no added cost you get access to video streaming on Amazon Prime Video which is a strong alternative to Netflix or Hotstar.
At Rs. 499 for a 1 year subscription, Amazon Prime is worth your consideration.
Subscribe and Download For Updates On The Best Deals
Amazon and Flipkart notify prospective shoppers about the best deals via a push notification from their app or through e-mails. So make sure you have the apps installed are subscribed to their emailers.