‘Poppy Day’ or ‘Remembrance Day’ is significant in the UK for remembering those who have fallen in the line of duty, but elsewhere in the world 11 November also has significance for being ‘Singles Day’.
Originating in China in 1993, Singles Day is now celebrated around the globe, and especially online. If you’ve never heard of it, consider that the number 1 represents an individual, or a single person. The number 11 could then be said to represent two singles coming together, and 11.11 two separate pairs of singles coming together. Thus 11 November is all about giving single people the opportunity to meet other singles.
How that translates to some great tech deals being available for Singles Day we’re not entirely sure, but hey, we won’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Maybe you can impress your new friend with your shiny new phone or tablet.
As it’s a Chinese event, most of the best Singles Day deals will be available at Chinese retailers such as GearBest. These retailers are interesting to UK consumers for their ability to significantly undercut UK prices.
Increasingly we’re seeing big brands such as Acer get in on the Singles Day act (with 11% off everything when you use the code ELEVEN11 between noon on Friday 8 November and midnight on 11 November) – give it another year or two and Singles Day could be the next Black Friday. These offers are of particular interest because they carry none of the same caveats as does buying from China.
Though we’ve never encountered any problems, there is inevitably some element of risk associated in buying goods outside the European Union, as well as longer delivery times and, potentially, more complicated returns procedures. The one thing you really must factor into your purchasing decision is import duty, which if requested by Customs is payable at 20% of the value on the shipping paperwork. (Read more Chinese tech buying advice here.)
Best Singles Day Tech Deals at GearBest
GearBest is not the only Chinese tech importer, but it is the one we work with most frequently at Tech Advisor, and hence have built up a good level of trust with the site. We are not comfortable recommending deals from sites we do not know or have dealt with personally.
It’s holding a Singles Day sale between 10- and 12 November, but you can already find some great prices on discounted consumer tech. For anything that is not already discounted or part of a flash sale Tech Advisor readers can scoop 10% off with the exclusive coupon GB1111SALLDC, which is valid until 3 December.
It is common practice in China to offer coupons for unlocking further discounts beyond those you see on the product page, and GearBest likes to make a game out of finding those coupons. You don’t really need to understand any of it, just know that the more you participate the bigger the savings become.
You can see the full ‘hunting guide’ here, or just jump straight in: play Coupon Rain once a day to win coupons for additional savings, and start collecting GearBest points now in order to participate in a prize draw or exchange them for products and coupons. You can also unlock treasure chests found in various places on the site to win spot prizes, coupons and keys – find all four ‘G’, ‘E’, ‘A’ and ‘R’ keys and you’ll win even more coupons.
New account users will get 70 GB points after filling in their details, plus there are three ways any user can earn additional points: log into the site daily to earn money off coupons when you spend over a certain amount; enter keywords in the site’s search field to unlock coupons that can be used against those products (the beauty is these keywords are given to you in the rolling banner at the top of the page); and submit reviews with photos and video of the products you already own.
GearBest routinely offers great deals on sought after tech – such as this incredible price on the Asus ROG Phone 2. It’s also our go-to for the best Xiaomi deals, with some of the best of those outlined below. You’ll find more great GearBest Singles Day deals in the carousel further up this page.
1. GearBest Save 10% on any product not already discounted
Tech Advisor readers can benefit from an exclusive discount code that nets them 10% off any product that is not otherwise discounted or part of a flash sale at GearBest.
2. Lenovo Yoga 730-15
Now: £759.39 (Use code GBCNLBYG01)
A Core-i7 laptop from a well-known brand with a 15.6in full-HD screen, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. Bargain!
3. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (6GB, 128GB)
Was: €549; UK price TBC
Now: £392.50 (Use code GBMINOTE10)
The world’s first 108Mp cameraphone, available at an incredible discount. More details here.
4. OnePlus 7T (8GB/256GB)
This 256GB storage model isn’t officially available in the UK, but this is a global model that undercuts the £549 model you can buy here by more than £160. With OnePlus 7T one of the very best phones out there right now, this is an unmissable deal.
5. Asus ROG Phone 2
Now: £416.05 (Use code GBMPROG2)
Asus’ bombastic new ROG Phone 2 boasts some of the most capable hardware in the business right now and this incredible GearBest deal lops off almost half the RRP.
6. Chuwi Hi8 SE
Now: £62.80 (£37 off)
Cheap but still decent tablets are increasingly difficult to come by if you don’t want an Amazon Fire tablet, but Chuwi is a brand we trust. This is a very good price on an 8in tablet.
7. Xiaomi Electric Scooter Pro
Was: €499.99 in Europe
Before it’s even announced in the UK GearBest is offering the opportunity to get your hands on a discounted version of Xiaomi’s Pro electric scooter.
8. Xiaomi HIMO C20 electric bike
Now: £525.95 (Use code O3AAD9FE9121D000)
9. Alfawise X1
Now: £389.36 (£84 off)
Electric bikes can be phenomenally expensive, but the X1 from Alfawise is a great example of a cheaper model. It folds up for easier transport, and has a 250W motor (the maximum legally allowed in the UK).
10. Xiaomi Mi Band 4
Now: £20.42 (Use code GBBAND4MI)
11. Amazfit Bip Lite
Now: £43.17 (£6 off)
Amazing value for an attractive fitness tracker/smartwatch.
12. Creality 3D Ender 3
Now: £141.30 (£58 off)
Retailing at Amazon for £200, the Ender 3 is an ideal 3D printer for beginners, allowing you to make pretty much whatever you want. You can read our full review here.
13. Xiaomi Redmi AirDots
Now: £13.34 (Use coupon code: GBREDMI189)
Not currently available in the UK, these Xiaomi wireless earbuds are already discounted at GearBest. Use coupon code GBREDMI189 to bring down the price to £13.34.
14. Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite (Grey, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage)
Now: £186.83 (Use code GBM9LITE6)
15. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Pearl White, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage)
Now: £200.18 (Use code GBNOTE8P3)
You’ll find more Singles Day Deals over at Geekbuying, JoyBuy, TomTop, Coolicool, AliExpress, Alibaba, GearVita and others.