South African retailers are gearing up for Black Friday 2019, which is set to kick off on Friday 29 November.
Black Friday is a tradition which South Africa adopted from the United States. It takes place the day after Thanksgiving and signals the start of the holiday shopping season.
Black Friday is the biggest online shopping day in South Africa, and many local retailers are expected to reach record sales this year.
It has become so popular in South Africa that many online retailers have invested in additional resources to ensure their websites can handle the load on the day.
It is, however, not only online stores which are making the most of the Black Friday craze – brick-and-mortar stores like Checkers and Pick n Pay are getting ready for big sales.
Online payment platforms and shops ready
Last year, South African consumers spent a record R2.9 billion, and this is expected to grow by 30% this year.
This growth is putting tremendous pressure on payment platforms, which have failed spectacularly in the past.
On Black Friday in 2018, for example, many major payment platforms in South Africa buckled under the transaction volumes and went offline.
This downtime cost many online retailers large amounts in lost sales, especially if they did not have alternative digital payment methods available.
The good news is that most online retailers are better prepared this year, with multiple credit card and instant EFT payment options.
The best places to find great Black Friday 2019 deals
Here is a list of stores which will offer special deals on Black Friday 2019.
Takealot said its first deals will be available from 00:01 on Black Friday (29 November), with a number of products on sale across a range of categories.
These deals will continue into the weekend and into Cyber Monday. Takealot said its sale will culminate on Takealot Tuesday on 3 December.
Samsung will offer a wide range of Black Friday deals on tech products, including televisions and smartphones.
If you are looking for a good deal on tech products this Black Friday, Digicape is a great destination.
You can expect excellent deals on televisions, smartphones, and more from Hisense on Black Friday.
For suits and other clothing items, Khaliques is the place to visit on Black Friday.
If you are in the market for a new laptop, Acer is a great option this year.
Flight Centre will be offering massively discounted beach packages, airfares, local deals, bestselling tours and cruises, and much more.
Look out for excellent deals from OUTsurance on Black Friday 2019.
Loot said it will be flying the Black Friday flag loud and proud this year with deals in every category – from TVs to tents.
Bidorbuy will be offering massive discounts and the opportunity for shoppers to win back the value of their shopping cart on Black Friday.
Rugged SA – Toughest Brand In Africa
Expect great specials from Rugged SA on rugged phones, smartphones, drones, vellies, outdoor products, and other gadgets.
If you are looking for a bed, visit Dial-a-Bed on Black Friday for the best deals in South Africa.
MetroFibre is gearing up for excellent deals on Black Friday 2019.
Technomobi will offer excellent deals on cellphones, speakers, covers, smartwatches, and more.
Get ready for excellent deals on laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets on Black Friday 2019.
Checkers will offer a wide range of products at big discounts on Black Friday 2019.
If you are looking for a single-board computer or accessories, PiShop is the place to visit on Black Friday 2019.
Aramex should be your choice for worldwide shipping solutions at a competitive price this Black Friday.
Expect excellent deals on connectivity from RSAWEB on Black Friday 2019.
You can expect excellent deals on PlayStation hardware and Sony Interactive Entertainment software on Black Friday.
Computer Mania will be offering excellent specials on computing products on Black Friday this year.
Expect great deals from IC Logistix on Black Friday.
If you are looking for industrial or commercial routers, GSM boosters, or TP-Link products, be sure to visit Otto Wireless on Black Friday.
Printacom | OKI
For your printer needs, make sure you look out for excellent OKI deals on Black Friday 2019.
Zando.co.za will be launching the #ZandoBlackout Sale from 25 to 29 November.
For the best deals on sunglasses on Black Friday, visit EyewearSA.
The Digital Experience
Expect excellent deals on gadgets on Black Friday from The Digital Experience.
You can enjoy a 10% discount on your cart if you buy items of R5,000 or more between 18 and 29 November.
You can save up to R80,000 on a Mitsubishi in November as part of the company’s Black Friday month.
Incredible Connection said it will offer tech and gadgets at even more affordable prices than its usual tech deals.
Pick n Pay
Pick n Pay is launching weekly Black November deals for its online customers in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
Mr Price and Mr Price Home will offer specials on a wide range of clothing and household products.
MTN said it will offer Black Friday specials following last years’ positive response from its customers. The company said consumers can look to compelling deals on its latest device and data offerings.
Supersonic will participate in Black Friday and that consumers can expect “a great home connectivity deal”.
Raru said it expects to have deals on Black Friday on computing products, gadgets, and other products.
Cell C said it will have compelling offers throughout its range of products on Black Friday.
Clicks is promising South Africans “rocking specials in home, beauty, tech, and accessories” on Black Friday.
HiFi Corp will offer excellent deals on televisions, HiFi stereos, gadgets, fridges, microwaves, and stoves on Black Friday 2019.
Superbalist said it will offer “unbeatable” deals on Black Friday 2019 across a wide variety of categories.
The retailer added that it would also offer early access deals ahead of its five-day Black Friday sale.