R12.89 billion spent on Cyber Monday

Macethy

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And it seems that none of the local retailers were interested in a share of that pie at all :wtf:
 

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Yes, because Thanksgiving is such a uniquely South African institution.

Last time I checked neither was Halloween but what a fuss all the malls, shopping centers, and little kiddies made about that! Making money is a South African institution but it seems only if they can rip off their customers as much as possible, as proven in the "Black Friday" FAIL sale on Takealot.
 

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Last time I checked neither was Halloween but what a fuss all the malls, shopping centers, and little kiddies made about that! Making money is a South African institution but it seems only if they can rip off their customers as much as possible, as proven in the "Black Friday" FAIL sale on Takealot.

So a few kids get their faces painted... it doesn't mean we should look to incorporate every American whim. Getting some specials would be nice, but I'm just perplexed at your apparent amazement that Black Friday isn't a big thing locally. Would it warrant the retailers' effort? The vast majority of the local populace wouldn't have a glimmer of an idea of what Black Friday is.

Personally I can barely handle one period of over-commercialised inanity at the tills; I don't think I'd be able to stomach another.
 

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Agreed, we don't have to incorporate EVERYTHING American into SA, but would you have had such a big issue with a South Africa version last week Friday or this week Monday where you could get dvds, cds, tvs, laptops, etc. for super cheap online, before the Christmas rush (a maybe get some Christmas presents already)? I think not.

"Would it warrant the retailers' effort?" "Online shoppers spent a record $1.46 billion during the Cyber Monday shopping spree" I would glady have parted with a few grand if they had some good deals, so yes it would be worth their effort.
 

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To further add to this, on Friday, Takealot's checkout on their site crashed with the amount of traffic that they experiencing due to their "Black Friday Sale".
 

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When I question the merit of such campaigns I do so on a national scale. Your piddling few grand wouldn't cover the cost of one retailer's printed ad.

I just don't think it's anything to get excited over in a local context, 'tis all.
 

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When I question the merit of such campaigns I do so on a national scale. Your piddling few grand wouldn't cover the cost of one retailer's printed ad.

I just don't think it's anything to get excited over in a local context, 'tis all.

"Online shoppers spent a record $1.46 billion during the Cyber Monday shopping spree"

It's an online sale most stores had in the US. When was the last time you got a print ad from Takealot or Kalahari? You just send out mass emails to your registered clients or run a few radio commericals, word of mouth spreads quickly when deals are involved.
 

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"Online shoppers spent a record $1.46 billion during the Cyber Monday shopping spree"

It's an online sale most stores had in the US. When was the last time you got a print ad from Takealot or Kalahari? You just send out mass emails to your registered clients or run a few radio commericals, word of mouth spreads quickly when deals are involved.

Percentage-wise, how big a portion of the local population do you think even has access to an email address?

What is this Internet thing?

While a third (34%) of adults in South Africa now use the Internet, an additional third do not even know what the Internet is, according to new research.

The majority of Internet users are now young, black and live on less than R1,500 a month, according to The South African Network Society Survey. The survey is based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,589 South African adults, across rural and urban areas of the country.

The survey found that two out of three Internet users (66%) speak an African language at home, while most have not been educated beyond school level, and four out of ten live on less than R1,500 per month.

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The US has an exponentially larger economically active online population than we do. Their retailers can afford to go balls-to-the-wall with online sales. I don't think ours can.

Sucks, sure. But reality just does sometimes.
 
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