I’ve spent much of isolation resisting the urge to shop online. But – more often than not – I eventually give into those pesky emails reminding me that I’ve left an item in my cart.
Then comes the ping of excitement with every Australia Post update on the status of the parcel. And the thrill that comes with the squeak of my front gate on delivery day.
In the last couple of months, I’ve waited the appropriate few social-distancing seconds for the delivery person to leave before rushing to open the front door more times than I can count. But after the satisfaction of each arrival wears off, the cycle inevitably starts again.
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The more sensible among us, though, have been holding out for a good deal. And the return of the Click Frenzy online mega-sale is the perfect time to snap up whatever it is you’ve had your eye on.
For the fifth year running, the online sale is offering savings across travel, fashion, electrical goods, homewares and accessories. It’s known for driving sales during a quiet period for retailers with a handful of spectacular, attention-grabbing discounts (among many other, more standard discounts), and many retailers are now going through a much quieter period than ever before.
When it first launched in 2015, the sale ran for 24 hours. Last year it was extended to 29 hours. And this year it will run for a marathon 53 hours – from 7pm (AEST) on Tuesday May 19 until 12am on Friday May 22.
Shoppers can trawl through more than 2000 deals from 300 retailers. For homewares and appliances, there’s 70 per cent off Royal Doulton, 42 per cent off Dyson, 50 per cent off mattresses at Forty Winks, 40 per cent off Adairs and 53 per cent off Lavazza’s tiny coffee machine (white only).
Clothing and accessories deals include 70 per cent off Levi’s; 60 per cent off Fila; 50 per cent off Country Road; 30 per cent off Superga, LMS and Reliquia Jewellery; 20 per cent off Maria Farro; and 15 per cent off Uggs.
For sporting types, there’s 50 per cent off selected footwear and 30 per cent off selected women’s clothing from Nike, Adidas and Puma at Rebel Sport; 60 per cent off Nike, Asics, Brooks and Adidas at Sportitude; 30 per cent off Under Armour; and 40 per cent off Adidas.
There are also discounts on cars from Volkswagen – the Amarok V6 is going for $46,990 (a saving of $3000), and the Polo Style (with a Beats audio system and wireless phone charging) is $24,990 driveaway (a saving of $2000).
Skincare and beauty website Adore is taking up to 20 per cent off Skinceuticals, Medik8, Aspect, Benefit, Kerastase and more, too.
You can also save up to $120 over 12 months on all month-to-month mobile plans at Telstra.
Speedy shoppers can also score 99 per cent off Go Nuts deals, such as Apple Airpods for $2, iPhone 11s for $12, Macbook Airs for $17, Nespresso coffee machines for $4 and a Kitchenaid stand mixer for $6.
The 99 per cent off deals will be made available at specific times during the 53-hour period – clues will be sent out via email to subscribers. To access them, you’ll need to sign up as a member, which is free. Members will also be given access to the entire Click Frenzy sale 30 minutes early.
This year, Click Frenzy has partnered with Good360, an organisation that connects new, donated goods to Aussies in need. Since the beginning of Covid-19 restrictions in March, Good360 has distributed over 366,000 items to vulnerable people. Shoppers will also be able to make a donation to the organisation during the event.
Click Frenzy is happening from 7pm Tuesday May 19 until 12am Friday May 22.