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6 Online Shopping & Booking Hacks Malaysians NEED To Know Before They Click “BUY”

There’s never been a more glorious time for shopping than today, where almost all your favourite retailers and even artisans have transitioned online to sell their wares. It’s so easy to find exactly what you want to purchase and be in control of your spending.

From designer clothing to a dish rack, there’s virtually nothing that you cannot find online and all you have to do is click ‘add to cart’ and click ‘buy’ and the item(s) is all yours.


This is super convenient, although it could make you slip into an uncontrolled shopping spree at the same time. That’s why we have put together some online shopping hacks (or advice, rather) to help you spend wisely!


1. Stalk the brands, bloggers and influencers you like for discount codes and updates

If you haven’t followed any of the brands you like on social media yet, go ahead and do that! This is probably one of the best ways to stay informed on any offers and discounts they might have especially during sale season.

Additionally, try and follow a few popular influencers or bloggers you might like as they are always giving out special discount codes to their followers as well.


2. Use incognito mode when purchasing from travel or booking sites

This is something interesting you can try. We’re sure many of you are familiar with your browser’s ‘incognito mode’ (we won’t get into why). When purchasing from travel sites, the booking engines have long been suspected of showing higher fares on routes you have previously searched.

The algorithm allegedly ‘guesses’ your next destination and raises the price seeing as how you will most likely purchase the ticket regardless of the price. So to avoid these unnecessarily high prices, make sure to turn on incognito mode before you buy that holiday ticket so you can get it at a good price.


3. Clear your browser cache before booking an accommodation for your holiday

We’re pretty sure you’ve done this before too

According to a web app developer, there is a thing called ‘dynamic pricing’ where the booking site tracks cookies to find areas that have an unusually large number of bookings. They will then increase prices accordingly since demand is a lot higher in those areas.

This usually happens when there is a holiday or a festival drawing near and people are scampering for accommodation for their vacations. Clearing your browser cache won’t take more than five minutes and it’s definitely worth a shot!


4. Don’t forget to use your birthday vouchers, and perhaps your relatives’ too


Most shopping sites offer birthday vouchers when you sign up as a member and they could come up to anywhere between 30% and 35% off on average. You could also ask your parents, siblings, cousins, aunties, and uncles to sign up as well even if they don’t shop from that merchant to enjoy discounts on their birthdays as well.


5. Leave items in your cart for a while and you might get a personalised discount

If you don’t need that particular item urgently, you could just leave it in your cart for a while and wait to see if the merchant sends you an email or in-app notification offering a custom discount or offer just for you! Many online merchant sites do this to retain their customers and of course to get you to buy something.

Think of it like a relationship where one partner tries to ‘pujuk‘ the other with gifts. Just remember that for this to work, you would usually have to have an account registered with the brand or website.


6. Use your bank cards to reap all the rewards they offer when you shop

Let’s not forget about all the offers and deals that are exclusive to certain cardholders! Banks usually offer their credit, debit and prepaid cardholders special rates and discounts at certain outlets and even from partnered online merchants. Whether it’s cashback, discounts, unique promos, and so forth, using your card to pay can help you reap many benefits! In fact, if you happen to be a CIMB cardholder, you’re in for a treat!

CIMB cardholders will get to enjoy online deals every end of the month for the rest of this year until December 2020!

So, if you’re a CIMB customer looking to shop when payday arrives, here are all the important details about their #PayDayDeals you need to know:

  • PayDay deals happen every 25th to 29th of each month until December 2020
  • There are online deals across all categories including shopping, dining, travel, and beauty
  • Awesome deals from your favourite online shopping merchants including Lazada, Shopee, TaoBao and more
  • Jaw-dropping offers from travel merchants like Agoda, Taveloka, Klook and more
  • Sweet discounts from retail merchants including JD Sports, The Body Shop and many more

For the full list of merchants where you can use your CIMB cards at and enjoy incredible #PayDayDeals, visit their website here.

Btw, there are less than four months left in 2020 so start looking out for these deals at the end of this month and get in on all the shopping you want or maybe start booking your year-end holiday!

For more information on CIMB #PayDayDeals, head on over to their website or stay informed about all things CIMB by following their Facebook and Instagram.

Source: WOB
Source: WOB
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