Newegg now ships to South Africa – Here is how it compares to Takealot

Newegg recently added an option for shoppers to set their delivery location as South Africa on its global website.

A range of PC hardware, tech products, smartphones, and other items are listed on the online retailer’s storefront, with their pricing now being available in South African rand.

For each product, Newegg provides the price of the item, its estimated delivery costs, and the estimated duties and VAT you will need to pay before checking out.

Standard and express shipping options are available, with the former taking 3-5 business days and the latter shipping the product in 2-3 days.

Product prices on international retailers like Newegg can differ substantially from local online retailers, although the duties and delivery costs of international retailers can often make it a better option to purchase products locally.

Takealot, for example, offers free delivery on many products within 2-5 working days, as well as an option to pick up your purchase from a designated pick-up point.

Grey imports

One caveat that comes with importing tech from the US is that it may have a plug which does not fit local sockets – and it does not come with local support.

When buying a product directly from the US you are essentially buying a grey import. This means no local support or warranties: value-adds you receive if you buy the item from a local retailer.

If this is not a concern for you, however, then comparing prices and potentially shipping in an item from the US is something you should consider.

We compared the pricing of various tech products across specific categories on both Newegg and Takealot to determine when it was better to order items from the global retailer.

Prices were rounded to the nearest rand, and the Newegg prices featured below include delivery fees, VAT, and other duties.


Solid state drives

Samsung 860 Evo

Product Newegg Takealot
Kingston 480GB 2.5-inch R1,439 R1,495
Samsung 860 Evo 250GB 2.5-inch R2,357 R1,145
Samsung 860 Evo 2TB 2.5-inch R7,274 R7,934
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB M.2 R3,083 R2,779
Mushkin 500GB 2.5-inch R1,255 R1,599

Graphics cards

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio

Product Newegg Takealot
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti R3,915 R3,275
AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 Extreme R11,635 R11,859
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ultra R24,384 R27,999
Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ R4,293 R3,999
Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 R5,120 R4,094

Smartphones

iPhone Xr 1

Product Newegg Takealot
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 128GB R7,501 R9,299
Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB R14,520 R15,499
Samsung Galaxy S10+ 128GB R15,642 R16,399
Apple iPhone Xr 64GB R15,312 R15,199
Huawei P30 Pro 256GB R19,261 R18,499

Desktop processors

Intel Core i9 9th Gen

Product Newegg Takealot
Intel Core i9-9900K R9,004 R11,370
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X R3,424 R4,384
Intel Core i7-9700K R7,202 R8,349
AMD Ryzen 7 2700 R4,279 R5,770
Intel Core i5-9600K R4,150 R5,298

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