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Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales 2021 in South Africa

Black Friday is 27 November 2020. 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:

Boardriders Boardriders

Boardriders

Up to 50% off End of Season Sale

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Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

30% off Lego Busts

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Cotton On Cotton On

Cotton On

20% off site-wide

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Mantality Mantality

Mantality

Up to 69% off clearance deals

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Netflorist Netflorist

Netflorist

Gifts and flowers under R199

Salomon Sports Salomon Sports

Salomon Sports

Up to 35% off sale clothing, shoes and accessories

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Netflorist Netflorist

Netflorist

10% off your first purchase

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Uber Eats Uber Eats

Uber Eats

FREE delivery with Eats Pass

MRP Sport MRP Sport

MRP Sport

Under R150 on select sports accessories

Netflorist Netflorist

Netflorist

Same day delivery on bestsellers

Cotton On Cotton On

Cotton On

R70 only on panties

Kayak Kayak

Kayak

Up to 35% off flights worldwide

Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

$10 only for your first ZBox

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Loot Loot

Loot

Get a R50 voucher on orders for R250.00 or more

MRP Sport MRP Sport

MRP Sport

Ladies active tanks from R69.99

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Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

30% off DC TV

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WorldRemit WorldRemit

WorldRemit

Zero Fees on Your 1st Money Transfer

Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

Extra 25% off collectables

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Boardriders Boardriders

Boardriders

FREE delivery for all orders over R450

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Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

30% off Lord Of The Rings clothing collection

Ends

Amazon Amazon

Amazon

Home decor under $20

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Mantality Mantality

Mantality

FREE delivery on orders over R499

Amazon Amazon

Amazon

Up to 60% off daily deals

Amazon Amazon

Amazon

Up to 30% off baby products

MRP Sport MRP Sport

MRP Sport

Free racquet cover

Uber Eats Uber Eats

Uber Eats

Delivery for as low as R3 fee

Cotton On Cotton On

Cotton On

3 for R100 accessories

Unineed Unineed

Unineed

40% off weekend sale

Amazon Amazon

Amazon

Up to 40% off select gaming accessories

Amazon Amazon

Amazon

Up to 40% off select international bestsellers

Amazon Amazon

Amazon

Up to 30% off beauty products

HotelsCombined HotelsCombined

HotelsCombined

Up to 80% off worldwide getaways

Bid or Buy Bid or Buy

Bid or Buy

Up to 70% off with Deal of The Week

Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

2 for $25 on select shirts

Ends

Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

3 for $22.99 on select toys and collectibles

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Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

2 for $25 on Tubbs collectibles

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Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

3 for $35 on select merch

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Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

2 for $20 Eekeez collectibles

Ends

Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

4 for $20 on select collectibles

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Booking.com Booking.com

Booking.com

Up to 15% off South Africa stays

Ends

Agoda Agoda

Agoda

Up to 68% off Durban stays

Agoda Agoda

Agoda

Up to 79% off Johannesburg stays

Agoda Agoda

Agoda

Up to 54% off Cape Town stays

Rentalcars.com Rentalcars.com

Rentalcars.com

Up to 20% off car hire

Raru Raru

Raru

Save 10% on selected merchandise

Trafalgar Trafalgar

Trafalgar

Get R2,500 travel credits

Booking.com Booking.com

Booking.com

Up to 30% off Durban hotels

Booking.com Booking.com

Booking.com

Up to 40% off Cape Town hotels

Hotels.com Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Up to 62% off South Africa hotels


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.

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