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Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales 2022 in South Africa

Black Friday is 26 November 2022. The biggest sales have already started, compare now!

Black Friday is finally here and it’s the biggest shopping day of the entire year in America. The sales traditionally start after Thanksgiving in the US and other parts of the world, and South Africa has adopted this bargain sales practice from its neighbour across the pond. During this time period, which usually lasts a little more than the “day” its namesake implies offers the ultimate holiday discounts for bargain hunters. Thousands of stores across the country throw their doors open early, enticing shoppers in with massive one-off deals and heavy discounts.

We’d personally rather steer clear of the shopping frenzy at the malls and shop from our couch with a refreshing ice tea. That’s why we’ve brought you this, the ultimate guide to shopping Black Friday online.

Black Friday Sales:

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So why does Black Friday matter in South Africa

Because the amazing deals that this popular holiday is known for are available here too. Every year, more and more stores are joining in on the Black Friday fun and launching some of their best sales of the year, just in time for Christmas.


What time do the Black Friday sales commence in South Africa?

This is where it gets a little tricky due to international time zones. South Africa-based stores are likely to start their sales at the beginning of the day on Friday. If you’re looking to purchase from an international retailer, you may have to wait until opening hours start in the store’s home country.


When do Black Friday sales end?

Officially Black Friday sales will end when retail shopping hours end on the Friday, however a large majority of stores start their sales early and some also extend their sales across the weekend. And even more stores extend their sales online.

If you’re worried you’ll miss out, it’s always good to double-check which stores are extending their sales.


What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the online version of Black Friday, with many retailers offering new or a continuation of their exclusive discounts for online customers. Last year shoppers spent a record $5.03 billion on Cyber Monday alone, and this year that’s only expected to rise.


Why is it called Black Friday?

While many explanations link the name to the fact that retailers operate at a loss (or “in the red”) from January to November and this is the day their profits turn around (“in the black”), the name actually dates further back than that. It was apparently first coined in the 1960s by Philadelphia police to describe the disruptive swarms of people hitting the streets on the day after Thanksgiving, in search of a bargain and an extra day off work.


What is a doorbuster deal?

These are deals or products that are only available for very limited periods of time, such as when the doors open first thing in the morning. However, according to deals expert Mark LoCastro of DealNews, the majority of doorbuster deals will be available online at a similar (or possibly even lower!) price. So while South Africa won’t be able to physically walk into the US-based stores, that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to take advantage of these online. Some retailers in SA offer similar deals, although its not as popular of a practice here yet.


Tips and tricks for South Africa on Black Friday

  • Do your research. Many retailers publish, or at least hint at, their deals before Black Friday, meaning you have time to consider your options and really find the best bargain.
  • Make sure the retailer ships to South Africa. Always an important one to check before you get too excited about a deal!
  • Shop around. The first deal you find isn’t necessarily the best. For example, Branded beauty and clothing is stocked by hundreds of online stores, so you may purchase a piece and later realise you could have gotten the same exact thing for less elsewhere. So check out the competition before committing to anything.
  • Don’t forget that electronics might not work. It’s easy to get caught up in the flash sales when you’re surrounded by them. Some of the best deals in the US revolve around new TVs, but even if you buy one at a massive discount you’ll most likely need to also purchase an adapter and a transformer. And make sure you factor in import tax and any shipping costs, as these are likely to be high on bulkier items.

Black Friday statistics 2021

Roughly three-quarters (74%) of South African adults will shop on Black Friday – provided the price is right. It will take a pretty hefty deal to get South Africans in the mood to shop, with 24% of adults saying it’d take a discount of 50% for them to make a purchase.

The next most common response from adults planning to shop the sales in South Africa was a discount of 90%, with 21% saying they’d need a discount of at least that much to pique their interest.

Rounding out the top 3 most common responses from would-be Black Friday shoppers was the 17% who said they’d need to find a deal where the price was cut by at least 70% for them to consider shopping.
Across the board, retailers will need to slash their prices by more than half (60%) to motivate adults in South Africa to shop on Black Friday 2021.

Who is most likely to shop the sales?

In South Africa, men are 3 percentage points more likely to shop the Black Friday sales than women. As far as the discount it’ll take to entice them to shop, for women they’ll need a discount of 62% whereas men will need to find a sale item with at least 59% off.

Those aged 25-34 are most likely to shop the sales, with 80% saying they’ll be enticed to shop if the price is right. Meanwhile, those aged 55-64 are least likely to take part with just 61% saying any type of discount could catch their eye.

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