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Of Crazy Sales and Black Friday in Pakistan 

If there is one thing that makes me crave to buy designer lawn or pret wear, it has to be the magical word SALE. That’s how middle class I am. While going for shopping with my mom in my childhood, I use to wonder why the shops at Tariq Road has these buntings and banners mentioning Sale while it means to sell literally and we are here to buy anyway. Khair!! Samajh aa hi jaati hai time k saath.

Sale means discount and a good sale will become crazy if brands offer flat off of more than 20-30% on any occasion. Like the infamous Agha Noor and Sapphire sale where we have seen women fighting and even breaking the glass door to enter the shop. Both the brands has a history of offering flat 50% off on numerous occasions(which is great btw as a consumer). No wonder Sapphire is the pioneers of such in season huge discount wali sales in Pakistan. The rest of the brands soon joined the bandwagon. 

Agha Noor sale madness. Picture by @Rabeeyah

The most important question is, How fruitful these sales have been for the consumers or brands themselves? From consumer’s perspective I want to admit I didn’t know about Agha Noor as a brand at all before that Glass breaking video. So it worked. For Sapphire, they were the pioneers of fast fashion and flat sales. So a thumbs up here too. Great marketing but did the consumer got benefit of it? Of course!! Hundreds of women got their hands on clothes that won’t fit them or they literally don’t need from the sale and resell it on various pages of Facebook. It is  a win win situation for both public and brands. 

Recently, Khaadi opens doors of their largest store at Lucky One Mall with an irresistible offer of flat 40% off for 40hours and the hell broke loose. Hats off to the management that there weren’t any fights like Sapphire sales and door breaking entries like Agha Noor but the crowd did manage to make it look WTH. Pakistan’s biggest Mall with Khaadi’s largest store ever attracts the biggest crowd from the largest city of Pakistan and it is the moment Jis ne Gulshan ki Sarrkon pe breakain lagwa di. It was a crazy sale but public gets the most out of it. I am sure Gulshan and surrounding areas main now aunties have Khaadi clothing for the next 5 years stocked up.

As a consumer I just love these sales because iGhareeb. Never got the courage to be the part of instore madness. Obviously I don’t want myself to be filmed by the brands and then sharing it as a huge success video all over social media mocking every women. If you’re offering a crazy discount, expect crazy crowd. DEAL WITH IT. MANAGE IT. Instead of contemplating and demeaning customers by posting videos. If the brands can put a cap on pieces to be sold per person, then they might be able to decrease rush during crazy sales but then again, Pakistani Awaam has jugarr for everything. Online sale is what I am comfortable with and love to shop. The problem here is out of stock and gone with the wind kinda items. The pieces that you like won’t be available during sales or the order did not get through as happened with many, many a times. Brands need to sort things out too. 

  • So, Do I ever have something worthy from the online sale?
  • Yes. It was tough but yes, worth it. Yaaay!! Thanks to Bonanza Satrangi, Khaadi, Sana Safinaz, Daraz, Yayvo for the best sales last year. 
  • Do I ever want to be there in store during crazy sales? 
  • Well, Tbh yes, I want to but I couldn’t. Don’t want to die in a stampede. Allah maafi. 

Black Friday, The Western Sale phenomenon has made its way to Pakistani market with the debates over Friday being called black or white and lots more. Keeping it aside, it is for consumer’s benefit that every brand is now offering discounts be it by the name of black Friday or white Friday or blessed Friday etc. All hail daraz.pk for bringing the concept of Black Friday sales to Pakistan and making it big. Black Friday deals by most of the brands are already live or announced for the coming weekend but shop smartly guys. 

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Tips to make the most of Sales:

  1. Subscribe to the newsletter of your favorite brands to get first hand knowledge of any sale. 
  2. Have Insomnia. Yes!! Because every online sale will begins at midnight and you’ll have to be checking it at a lightning fast speed. Warna miss. 
  3. Always look out for promotional vouchers or codes etc and payment partners. ECommerce sites like Daraz and Yayvo offers multiple payment options with additional discounts. 
  4. Save enough lol. Warna online shopping resist krna Barra mushkil hai boss. 
  5. Play it safe. Always double check prices and credibility of the website/brand you’re shopping from. 
  6. Start following me (hinasafi) and hashtag #SaleAlert on Twitter coz I post about sales often. Do share what you think about sales in Pakistan specifically black Friday. 

Happy Shopping and Saving!! 

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#YaYvoTech sale is #UpgradingPakistan to celebrate Pakistan Day

If there’s anything that being a woman I can’t resist, it has to be sales and discount offers. This time it is a refreshing change from E-commerce giant Yayvo to come up with Upgrade themed offers like they’re offering such huge discounts that you should consider upgrading your semi automatic machine to automatic one. Who doesn’t want to upgrade their gadgets? And what better time then to avail huge discount offers. #UpgradingPakistan – This is what Yayvo.com is aiming with Pakistan day sales offers on the most popular tech items like smartphones, gaming consoles, home appliances and computer accessories. Upto 70% off sale has been made simply irresistible with payment partners like easypaisa and credit cards.

While browsing through the Yayvo tech sale I came across so many useful gadgets and home appliances at unbelievable prices that I actually wanted to upgrade all of my belongings. The most important ones being the digital camera to DSLR camera  and some car accessories to charge my smartphone wirelessly while traveling with kids. There’s a road trip to Northern areas that we’ve planned for coming month. Perfect time to get useful stuff for my 2 weeks long Road trip. 

Apart from the tech stuff for #UpgradingPakistan tour I would definitely like to upgrade my kitchen with the ultimate technology helper. The Roti Maker – been searching for it for a long time now and I guess this is the perfect time to get this useful machine. What say? 

After getting an upgraded Tawa, I think it is a good time to say bye to my semi automatic washing machine. Time to upgrade it with an automatic one. Let’s see if it falls in my budget or not. 

I hope you also have a great buying spree during Yayvo Tech sale which definitely is upgrading Pakistan. Do share what you got from the Tech sale. 

5 Reasons to be at Dolmen Malls during #DSFKHI 

Malls are the new age family hangout places. Mums can shop for groceries while dad can go find perfect pair of shoes & you can get your hands on makeup & accessories followed by a casual hangout in the food court. A perfect day out from our busy life. 

Dolmen Malls have become the most happening places of Karachi & considered shoppers paradise. They are the hub of seasonal & festive celebrations throughout the year. Dolmen shopping festival has also become an yearly ritual as the grandest of year end sales. Dolmen Mall Clifton is my favorite place to be at during such celebrations. It is grand, so lit & spacious. Basically it is ❤️

Like last year, Dolmen is celebrating “Dolmen shopping festival 2016” #DSFKHI from 16th  Dec to 1st Jan, 2017. The activities and sales on offer are just uncountable. I’ve spent 6 hours last Sunday in DMC & I haven’t been able to explore every nook and corner of it. There’s a next trip due soon. Maybe more than two trips to explore all the fun that #DSFKHI has in store. 

Here’s my Top 5 reason to be there again n again during #DSFKHI. Qasmay baar baar dekho wala scene hai. Mahinay ka akhir bhi hai zalimo Phir bhi…. 

Sunny day Brunch 

Food is my first love but I am not a morning person so brunch is my life. Sorry breakfast but ain’t you n lunch too far apart? I had a Sunny day brunch at DMC last Sunday with my friends. It was a girls day out & we decided to kick start it with some newly introduced brunch deals. 

From Halwa puri to Tender in a blanket, there’s a variety of brunch items and you should totally try them.

Sunny day Brunch will be available for this Sunday and next Sunday from 11am to 1pm with some soulful live music. 

Let's dig in. #Brunch deal of #Goldenchick at #DSFKHI #Food #Foodventrous #Karachi #EatingOut

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Check all the delicious sunny day brunch deals here. 

Khaadi & Agha Noor sale 

Agha Noor 50% off sale was unbelievable as all the racks got wiped out within an hour. Try your luck. Khaadi is having flat 15% off and the two piece pret wear is a must have. From 3-4K you’ll get a nice Embroidered dress with pretty net printed duppattas. I’ve got one in red & black & it is Ah-mazing.  

ProTip: There are some 40% sale items in unstitched too but you need to find them. 

Sale list of #DSFKHI

Match & win + Rs 1 million Grand prize 

So who wants to be a millionaire is here with no questions asked. Match & winis an interesting jackpot kinda game. You shop for 5K with Dolmen loyalty card or 10K at any retail outlet, show the slip and play match & win. Of you’re lucky as me & hit the jackpot, you’ll be getting a prize. Yaaay.

I got a menswear kurta btw which is actually good & fits thy husband. So everybody wins. 

Don’t forget to fill the form for Grand prize lucky draw of Rs1million. Every 10K spending means an entry to the lucky draw.

Beauty Lounge 

This is the best way to shop & hoard makeup for year long or giving gifts. The beauty lounge will be launched from 24th of December with exclusive discounts at beauty outlets. 

Careem Promo 

Incase, you’re excited but nobody is going to get you there, pick your phone & book Careem. They’re offering discounted rides to celebrate #DSFKHI. That’s perfect!! Isn’t it? 

Now you have no reason to avoid #DSFKHI. Go shop & have fun. There are lots of prizes & giveaways that you can win meanwhile by sitting at home & following DolmenMall on Snapchat, Insta, Twitter & Facebook. 

Best of luck, Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you all. 

#FridayBazaar – Not just for Friday by ishopping.pk

iShopping.pk is all set to start its very unique and interesting sale called ‘Friday Bazaar’. The concept of FridayBazaar is actually derived from Bachat Bazaars which are largely seen in Pakistan. Huge discounts will be provided to the online shoppers. Those who are interested in online shopping would definitely be inclined to get the maximum benefit from this FridayBazaar.

Chairman of iShopping.pk, Mr. Jamal Dhedhi stated about the launch of Friday Bazaar:

“iShopping.pk has an enormous number of fans and regular clients with whom we have established a solid association. We feel that it is our responsibility to escalate the level of reliance – and what better way to show our warmth than have a full 3 day discount sale!”

Adil Jafar, CEO at iShopping.pk also shared his views:

“We are proposing distinctive sales on all newest hot retailing merchandises by decreasing their prices at lowest ever in marketplace to offer our consumers proper reduced rates. We are the only retail store in Pakistan with such potential!”

Upon insistence on how the word ‘Bazaar’ came about: “I don’t believe in White or Black Fridays, In Pakistan, we know about sale in Bazaars and that’s what we have aligned with online market by leaving behind western strategies. We are fully capable of developing our own and we have.”

They maintain huge inventory consisting of freshly stored Smartphones and Gadgets (Apple, Samsung, HTC, Huawei and more), Gaming Consoles, LED TV’s, Laptops and Gaming Notebooks, DSLR Cameras and Quadcopters, Microwave Ovens, Coffee Makers, Trimmers and many other Electronics, Home & Kitchen Appliances and much more. The Friday Bazaar sale is starting from Friday, 26th of November and will continue up to Saturday & Sunday.

Bonanza offering 25% off in peak lawn season

It is unusual to hear about a lawn sale in May that too soon after the launch of a beautiful campaign. Bonanza satrangi had one of the cutest looking lawn campaigns of 2015 titled sweet escape. All summery colors and pretty prints that you adore.

Bonanza Satrangi weekend sale lawn
Bonanza Satrangi weekend sale offering flat 25% off.

If you haven’t grabbed any of your favorite pieces yet, NOW is the time to do so. Bonanza is offering flat 25% off on Summer lawn collection 2015 on 2nd & 3rd May. This weekend sale is on all the new designs unlike end season sales where the best prints were all gone.

what to buy?

My two cents are on shirt pieces with embroidered Patti for just Rs885 during this weekend sale. Online order with free cash on delivery across Pakistan is another temptation to buy.

Happy shopping!!