Online shopping deals in South Africa tested

Recent media reports and a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) alerted online shoppers to questionable deals from local ecommerce shops.

The ASA found that a recent OneDayOnly offer claiming a discount of 64% on Asics women’s Gel Kayano 19 running shoes was unfounded.

The Sunday Times also revealed that Groupon sold fake NutriBullet blender/extractors to clients in a recent promotion.

This raises the question as to whether local websites are providing online shoppers with accurate information, or whether some of the discounts are not as good as they appear to be.

MyBroadband looked at a few deals from prominent online shops – Takealot, Groupon, OneDayOnly, and Dion Wired – and compared the prices with standard prices from other retailers.

The infographics below show the results of the “discount tests”.

OneDayOnly – Freecom 1TB Tough Drive 3.0

Freecom 1TB Tough Drive 3.0
Freecom 1TB Tough Drive 3.0

OneDayOnly – Bitdefender Total Security 2015

Bitdefender Total Security 2015
Bitdefender Total Security 2015

Takealot – Toshiba Satellite L50 15.6″ Intel Core i7 Laptop

Toshiba Satellite L50 15.6" Intel Core i7
Toshiba Satellite L50 15.6″ Intel Core i7

Takealot – Samsung HT-E350K Home Entertainment System

Samsung HT-E350K
Samsung HT-E350K

Dion Wired – Garmin NUVI 42LM

Garmin NUVI 42LM
Garmin NUVI 42LM

Dion Wired – TomTom Cardio Runner GPS Sports Watch

TomTom Cardio Runner GPS Watch
TomTom Cardio Runner GPS Watch

Groupon – Lenovo IdeaPad G5030

Lenovo IdeaPad G5030
Lenovo IdeaPad G5030

Groupon – Verbatim Store ‘n Go 1TB Portable Hard Drive

Verbatim Store 'n Go 1TB Hard Drive
Verbatim Store ‘n Go 1TB Hard Drive

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