Just like how you’d react to the word sale, the Great Online Shopping Festival’s (running between February 2 and February 4) got (or will get) many jumping on the relevant sites to take advantage of some of these discounts.
But is this sale really offering you bang for your buck on your tech? We confidently say “not really” to most of them.
Let’s take the Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones on Atlas as an example. Buying one of these units will cost you S$359, with an additional 5% discount applied at checkout when you key in the code “GOSFAtlas”. That drops its price to S$341.05.
But do a search on Amazon and you’ll find that same model available for US$249.95 (about S$338). Even though it’s just a few dollars cheaper than the Atlas sale, it proves that you’ll still be able to get it at a similar price without jumping on GOSF.
If that’s not enough reason to believe us, we’ll give you another. The HP Stream 8 tablet on the company’s website shows a GOSF price of S$269 – about 10% off its initial price of S$299. Now this unit, on Amazon, will only set you back US$104 (S$140), and not forgetting to mention it comes with Office 365 Personal for a year.
But just because it didn’t prove to be valuable for a copule of devices doesn’t mean it’s the same for all – there might be a few hidden gems worthy of the discount, just be sure to do a thorough check before purchasing it right off GOSF.
What might also come in handy (that you probably won’t be able to find elsewhere online) are the offers provided by telcos.
As part of the GOSF event, if you do sign up for StarHub’s 200Mbps fibre home broadband plan, you’ll get a free S$50 shopping voucher. A S$100 shopping voucher is included with the purchase of its HomeHub plans.
As for Singtel, amongst other deals, you’ll be able to nab the Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB LTE or the Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G+ on the Combo 3 plan for $0. The Lumia 830 is free on the Combo 2 plan, while the ZTE Blade VEC 4G is free on the Combo 1 plan.
MyRepublic’s in the game too – it’s offering a month’s free subscription to its 1Gbps ultra-fast broadband plan if you sign up for it online. To sweeten the deal, it’s throwing in one of these handsets (the Lenovo A536, the LG L40 dual-SIM, or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Wi-Fi) for free.