Black Friday may have started off as an American ‘tradition’, where retailers sell their products at bargain prices the day after Thanksgiving (which is a Friday), but now it has become internationally recognised as a day in which festive season shopping begins. Even South Africa has adopted it.
It’s a shame that some South African retailers haven’t thought this through though as some stores are simply applying discounts for Friday only. They got to remember that for most South Africans Fridays are working days and most have not got paid by the 25th. But some have been smart and spread their deals through to ‘Cyber Monday’ or given customers the ability to shop online.
Anyway, Mombabbles thought it would be a good idea to do a roundup of the participating Black Friday stores that Cape Town moms may be interested in. Just beware that while some things may be on sale it may not be the best deal. So our advice is to only buy something if you think it’s a really good bargain. If you’ve kept tabs on what the product was selling at before and you see it at a really good discount, then by all means buy it. But if it’s only discounted by a small margin, think twice about how much you really need it:
Homeware, appliances, etc
Looking for new duvets for your room or even for the kids. Get up to 50% off the Hotel Collection & Private Collection and there’s also a buy one get one free on selected duvet comforters and towels – this was highlighted on their Facebook page on 17 November and Edgars warns that the sale ends 4 December.
Pick n Pay
Pick n Pay have announced on Facebook that they will partake in Black Friday and deals will be valid for 25 November only. Unfortunately the retailer has received some flack on Facebook already with some customers imploring it to ensure that there are ‘real deals’ and that the discounts should apply to food and not electronics. One person pointed out that Checkers has listed what it will have on special and challenged Pick n Pay to list theirs…Ouch!
Clicks started it’s Black Friday bargains special early (21 – 24 November), so if you don’t want to miss out check out it’s deals which it’s only offering online. Get your purchases in store or if your basket comes to over R300 why not get it delivered? It’s free after all.
We’re not sure if this is the best deal around Beauty chain, Sorbet, is offering 10% off all its retail products. If you regularly buy products from Sorbet then this is your opportunity to at least get some money off.
The Body Shop
This beauty store also specialises in lotions and potions for your skin and hair but it’s offering a more respectible 30% off all gift sets between the 24 -27 November.
Every parent needs a bit of tipple to calm the nerves once in a while. So if you fancy wine, beer or spirts get up to 49% off with Cyber Cellar’s popular brands. It’s sale is currently on and it ends on 26 November.
If you want to kick start an investment for your children, why not start with a share portfolio of your own choosing? Easy Equities is an online platform that gives you the ability to buy shares with the click of a mouse. To open an account you need to register and send in documents to get FICA’d. To make this process less painful, Easy Equities say that if you register and get FICA’d on the 25 November or 28 November it will give you R100. If you’ve already registered but haven’t been FICA’d you will also get R100. If you are already a customer you can buy or sell shares instead and pay no brokerage fees on both days. These deals apply between 9am and 5pm on Friday 25 November and Monday 28 November. Easy Equities promise that your brokerage fees will be refunded to you on Tuesday 29 November, and so will your R100 bucks if you haven’t registered or FICA’d and do so through this deal.
Eye Save Optometrists
An advert in local Newspaper Peoples Post says that for Black Friday they’re offering 50% off all optical frames but this is only available at the St Georges Mall store.
Meanwhile, rival store the Sunglasses Hut is offering discounts of up to 60% off.
Game is always a good place to buy all the toddler and baby essentials that you need and the good news is that they are also participating in Black Friday. Doors open at 7am. Watch out for their early bird specials, which are set to be posted on their website on Thursday, 24 November. Meanwhile on ‘Cyber Monday’ (28th November) they will offer online deals too.
Again this is another place where you can buy in bulk and save. On Black Friday weekend (25-27 November) you can save up to 45% on selected products. Exclusive offers will be posted online too.
On Black Friday, Bidvest McCarthy says it is hosting it’s biggest ever one-day sale. Be ready to shop from 00:00 tonight. The ‘outrageous’ deals end at 00:00, the following day.
Market Toyota, Tokai
Growing your family and need to upgrade your car? Then see if Market Toyota’s special will provide you with what you are looking for. They’re selling selected Hilux models at cost on the 25th and 26th November.
You’ll have to register with them to get a peak at what they claim to be ‘incredibly slashed prices’ for Black Friday Deals. But if you do you will get a head start by seeing the deals two hours ahead of everyone else. For Black Friday, they have two sets of deals: One set releasing at midnight and the other at 8am.
Looking for a new television, DVD players etc., to keep the little ones entertained? Well HiFi Corp are offering up to 80% off on big brands on Black Friday.
Samsung South Africa
Samsung are also being a bity mysterious. On their website they merely have a countdown clock and no hint as to the type of discount one can expect. But it claims there’ll be deals on televisions, smartphones and intuitive home appliances.
Travel and holiday deals
Want to go on a family holiday? Well, Travelstart will offer Black Friday travel deals, including domestic and international flight specials from only R199, and there’ll be savings on holiday packages too. The sale starts at 9am on Black Friday and ends 28 November.
This online jeweler is offering 70% off on selected jewelry and watches, including brands like Timberland, Sissy Boy, Obaku and more.
This Black Friday Pandora, which sells hand-crafted jewelry, will host a 3 for the price of 2 special. If you happen to splurge more than R5000 or more online they will give you a free jewelry box.
Want to buy yourself some flowers? Go on, you deserve it. This Black Friday SA Florist are offering you R100 your purchases. Simply use promocode: NOTSOBLACKFRIDAY.
Fashion and sports deals
If you’re looking for some fashion items for the kids, Keedo is also participating in the Black Friday sale. A text message to me says ‘Buy one garment and get 70% off the second garment’. The deal runs from 25 – 27 November only.
E-commerce website Spree is being all mysterious about the discounts you can expect but the home page on its website claims Black Friday will be the ‘Biggest shopping event of the year’.
Get up to an extra 25% off on all marked down items in this kids specialist clothing store.
Get an additional 20% off all apparel and equipment at the Nike Factory Store on 25th, 26th and 27 November. Participating stores include NFS Kuilsriver and NFS Kenilworth.
Rivalling Spree, Zando is offering up to 80% off and some deals are already available. But warns that the 80% offer is available on limited stock.