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Is Singles' Day New Zealand's Next Big Sale Event? New Survey Indicates Growing Awareness Among Kiwis

Thursday 9 November 2023, 7:54PM

By LSPR

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Have Kiwis heard of Singles' Day?
Have Kiwis heard of Singles' Day? Credit: PriceSpy
Kiwi Buying Interest on Singles' Day
Kiwi Buying Interest on Singles' Day Credit: PriceSpy
PriceSpy Price Index - Singles' Day 2022
PriceSpy Price Index - Singles' Day 2022 Credit: PriceSpy

Key insights

  • Awareness increase: According to PriceSpy's 2023 survey, 36% of Kiwis are aware of Singles’ Day, offering an 11% increase since 2018.
  • Retailer Adoption: PriceSpy's Price Index shows a -1.58% indexed price drop on Singles' Day 2022, indicating that New Zealand retailers are beginning to recognise its revenue potential.
  • Black Friday Comparison: Black Friday discounts are deeper, with PriceSpy’s index showing a -6.52% indexed price drop on the day, compared to Singles' Day's -1.58%.
  • But Singles’ Day still offers some great saving opportunities:
    • Over a quarter (26 per cent) of all products listed on PriceSpy saw a price drop on Singles’ Day 2022
    • Of these items, seven per cent offered a discount equating to 10 per cent or more.
    • And the average price change on Singles’ Day last year was revealed to be -20 per cent.

 

With six weeks until Christmas, a recent consumer survey by PriceSpy indicates that Singles' Day could be the next major sale event in New Zealand's retail calendar.

 

  • According to PriceSpy’s most recent survey findings, some 36 per cent of respondents said they have heard of Singles' Day, marking an 11 per cent increase from five years ago (24 per cent in 2018).

 

Liisa Matinvesi-Bassett, New Zealand country manager for PriceSpy, says: “While Black Friday and Cyber Monday have dominated the retail space recently, Singles' Day seems to be making significant strides in New Zealand’s retail landscape, with over a third of Kiwis now aware of the event."

 

What is Singles’ Day?

Occurring on 11th November, Singles' Day began as a Chinese celebration of singlehood (11:11) and has evolved into a global retail phenomenon, dwarfing both Black Friday and Cyber Monday and generating a reported $84.5 billion in gross merchandise volume in 2021.

 

Consumer interest peaks on Singles’ Day

PriceSpy’s data last year shows a marked uptick in consumer interest on November 11, highlighting Kiwis' growing awareness and engagement with Singles’ Day.

 

Retailers recongnise the significance of Singles’ Day

PriceSpy's Price Index also reveals how New Zealand retailers are acknowledging the substantial spending power that Singles' Day brings to the table.

 

  • Compared to a standard shopping day on November 1, 2022, PriceSpy’s Price Index recorded a -1.58 per cent indexed price drop on Singles' Day 2022.

 

"Though the -1.58 per cent price drop may seem modest, it's noteworthy given the extensive range of products listed on PriceSpy, as well as the frequent daily price fluctuations, says Liisa.

 

Singles’ Day vs. Black Friday

While Singles' Day is gaining traction, PriceSpy’s ongoing research shows it still lags behind Black Friday in terms of the depth of discounts available.

 

  • Last year, PriceSpy recorded a 6.52% indexed price drop on Black Friday, compared to a 1.58% drop on Singles' Day. This indicates that Black Friday remains the more substantial sales event in terms of discounts offered - for now!

 

But note, there are good savings to be enjoyed

Liisa adds: "While our Price Index data indicates that Black Friday may offer larger discount opportunities, our historical pricing research reveals that Singles' Day still presents valuable savings opportunities.”

 

PriceSpy's data uncovered the following:

  • Over a quarter (26 per cent) of all products listed on PriceSpy saw a price drop on Singles’ Day 2022
  • And of these items, seven per cent offered a discount equating to 10 per cent or more.
  • Finally, the average price change on Singles’ Day last year was revealed to be -20 per cent.

 

“Singles’ Day may therefore present some great savings for shoppers, particularly in the current economic climate when costs are otherwise more elevated,” says Liisa.

 

Liisa concludes:  “Even though Singles’ Day discounts in New Zealand may not yet match up to those offered on Black Friday, our ongoing research suggests the event could still offer substantial savings.

 

“For example, across the items that delivered a discount of ten per cent or more on Singles’ Day last year, some of the biggest average discounts came from the shopping categories of games (-33 per cent), power banks (-31 per cent) and perfume (-23 per cent).

 

“At a time when price is everything, these types of savings will no doubt be welcomed.

 

“Ultimately, our key piece of advice for anyone planning to make a purchase, whether it be on Single’s Day or in the lead up to Christmas, is to always carry out essential price research using a free comparison site or app, like PriceSpy first.”

 

Download the PriceSpy app here.

 

www.pricespy.co.nz