Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales 2020 in South Africa

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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:

Hotels.com Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Up to 20% off South Africa stays + Extra 8% off with code

Ends

Uber Eats Uber Eats
Exclusive

Uber Eats

R85 off first order

Ends

Booking.com Booking.com

Booking.com

Up to 30% off South Africa getaways

Ends

Cotton On Cotton On

Cotton On

Up to 50% off sale

Kayak Kayak

Kayak

Up to 35% off flights worldwide

Loot Loot

Loot

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

Trafalgar Trafalgar

Trafalgar

Up to R7950 off 2021 tours + R999 deposits

Ends

Skyscanner Skyscanner

Skyscanner

Worldwide flights from R8,999 return with Emirates

Ends

Boardriders Boardriders

Boardriders

Up to 50% off end of season sale

Mantality Mantality

Mantality

FREE delivery on orders over R499

MRP Sport MRP Sport

MRP Sport

2 for R600 camping chairs

MRP Sport MRP Sport

MRP Sport

2 for R300 travel pillows

Salomon Sports Salomon Sports

Salomon Sports

Up to 50% off sale

Netflorist Netflorist

Netflorist

Gifts under R199

Netflorist Netflorist

Netflorist

50% off when you sign up to the newsletter

Unineed Unineed

Unineed

Up to 25% Erno Laszlo products

Qeeq Qeeq

Qeeq

Up to R900 off car rentals in Johannesburg

Ends

Qeeq Qeeq

Qeeq

Up to R900 off car rentals in Cape Town

Ends

Cotton On Cotton On

Cotton On

FREE shipping on orders over R500

Uber Eats Uber Eats

Uber Eats

Delivery for as low as R3 fee

Uber Eats Uber Eats

Uber Eats

Gift cards as low as $25

Amazon Amazon

Amazon

Up to 60% off daily deals

Get Your Guide Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide

Things to do in Stellenbosch from R180

Booking.com Booking.com

Booking.com

Up to 15% off South Africa hotels

Ends

Hotels.com Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Up to 20% off Port Elizabeth hotels

Ends

Hotels.com Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Collect 10 stamps, get 1 reward night

Get Your Guide Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide

Things to do in Johannesburg from R11

Get Your Guide Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide

Things to do in Simon's Town from R350

Get Your Guide Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide

Things to do in Cape Town from R50

Get Your Guide Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide

Things to do in South Africa from R50

Booking.com Booking.com

Booking.com

Up to 20% off worldwide stays

Hotels.com Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Up to 30% off Durban hotels

Hotels.com Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Up to 40% off Johannesburg hotels

Hotels.com Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Up to 20% off Cape town hotels

Planet54 Planet54

Planet54

Up to 65% off sale

Planet54 Planet54

Planet54

R100 national delivery on all essential items

Healthsta Healthsta

Healthsta

10% off when you sign up

Trafalgar Trafalgar

Trafalgar

Up to 15% off worldwide tours

Trafalgar Trafalgar

Trafalgar

Free single supplements on select tours

ASOS ASOS

ASOS

Up to 70% off sale

ASOS ASOS

ASOS

10% off sale on first purchase with coupon

Zavvi Zavvi

Zavvi

Up to 30% off Marvel clothing

AliExpress AliExpress

AliExpress

Up to 70% off shoes

AliExpress AliExpress

AliExpress

Up to 80% off Home & Garden

CurrencyFair CurrencyFair

CurrencyFair

10 free transfers for new customers

Bid or Buy Bid or Buy

Bid or Buy

Up to 70% off with Deal of The Week

Slack Slack

Slack

Get $100 credit


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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