Thousands of shoppers across Australia have already hit the shops to snap up bargains in the Boxing Day sales.
Traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, Australia’s biggest retailers have slashed prices storewide in what promises in a multi-million dollar savings bonanza.
In Sydney and Melbourne, long queues of eager bargain hunters were already in line waiting when department stores Myer and David Jones threw their doors open early on Wednesday morning.
Many camped outside stores overnight to beat the crowds and snag the best bargains.
There was no Boxing Day sleep-in for these eager shoppers ready to snap up bargains when David Jones opened its flagship store in Sydney at 7am on Wednesday
Bargain hunters also hit the shops in Melbourne (picture), where Victorians are expected to spend almost $786.5 million on Boxing Day alone
Melbourne shoppers stood in long queues for duty free Boxing Day bargains
Myer was the first the open their doors at 5am, followed by David Jones at 7am.
Television host Ksenija Lukich rang the bell at David Jones’ flagship store in Sydney to signal the start of the post-Christmas sales.
Australians are predicted to spend $2.5 billion on Boxing Day alone, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA).
Many Melbourne shoppers had already emptied their wallets by mid morning
This Melbourne shopper appeared to have had enough of the Boxing Day sales by mid morning
Many shoppers camped outside David Jones in Sydney overnight in order to beat the crowds and snag the best bargains
The Boxing Day sales is one of the biggest shopping days of the year at David Jones
New South Wales shoppers will lead the charge with $790.15 million expected to be spent, followed by Victoria (almost $786.5 million) and Queensland ($409 million).
Consumers are tipped to spend a total of $18.3 billion nationwide from now until January 15, according to ARA and Roy Morgan figures.
By 7am Wednesday, there were long queues of Sydneysiders waiting to spend up big
Television host Ksenija Lukich rang the bell at David Jones’ flagship store in Sydney to mark the start of the Boxing Day sales at 7am on Wednesday
Shoppers queued outside Pandora in Melbourne for post-Christmas bargains on jewellery
‘The ARA and Roy Morgan’s combined annual research forecast a 3.1% increase in post-Christmas sales and as Boxing Day signifies the commencement of the post-Christmas trading period, retailers across Australia are eager to welcome the day with open doors,’ ARA executive director Russell Zimmerman said.
While online customers will be rushing to add items to their shopping carts, physical retailers will be experiencing a high volume of customers dashing to the registers. In response to this, local retailers have equipped their stores with trained staff who will be delighted to assist customers to finalise their purchases.
Shawn Dooley revved up David Jones shoppers ahead of the rush to snap up bargains
Ksenija Lukich was given the prestigious honour of ringing the bell to mark the start of the Boxing Day sales at David Jones’ flagshop store in Sydney
Ksenija Lukich checks out the post-Christmas bargains David Jones has in store
Below are the best deals to look out for online or in-stores this festive season.
Harvey Norman will be dropping prices on a number of big-ticket items, including a $1300 fridge that will be priced under $1000 come Boxing Day
The company is also dropping the price on a Dyson Vacuum from $600 to $300.
A $600 Microsoft laptop could be priced around $510.
Amazon Australia has a number of deals for tech-lovers with price cuts on Nikon and GoPro cameras.
New South Wales shoppers will lead the charge with $790.15 million expected to be spent on Boxing Day alone, according to the Australian Retail Aossciation
Consumers are tipped to spend a total of $18.3 billion nationwide from now until January 15
David Jones is offering up to 50 per cent off online and in-store.
Caffeine addicts will be able to the get their hands on a Nespresso machine, down to $319 from $649.
Ksenija Lukich spotted some great bargains for the ladies in David Jones
A classic Calvin Klein handbag has been slashed from $399 to $279 while multi-packs of Calvin Klein underwear will be 50 per cent off.
Myer has deals for cooks with Kenwood mixers slashed from $699 to $279.
Holidaymakers looking for a trip away can snag deals from Jetstar too, with 40 per cent off its network of flights
For those in desperate need of a holiday, there are a number of last minute deals available.
P&O Cruises has an eight day cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia in January for $699.
Holidaymakers can snag deals from Jetstar too, with 40 per cent off its network of flights.
Fashion labels The Iconic and Asos are offering up to 50 per cent off items.
Sephora is also offering cheap deals when customers use the code 30OFF.