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.
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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.
Clare Cribbin is the global shopping deals publisher at Finder. She started in the Australian team hunting down the best shopping deals on the market, producing health and wellbeing articles and creating helpful gift guides. Clare has since taken her Australian shopping knowledge and is now applying it globally. You may be surprised to know that she has a degree in Zoology and a Master of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. When Clare isn’t busy looking for deals, you’ll find her eating avo on toast, drinking a protein shake or trying out the latest fitness craze.
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