Four Apple MacBook Pros models are offered on significant discounts as part of the Takealot sale. Photo: Crystal Cox/Business Insider
  • Takealot has just launched a comprehensive sale, with a range of tech products offered at lower prices.
  • We took a look at some of the offers - comparing prices to other retailers - and found solid bargains.
  • Laptops, cameras, and printers offer some of the best deals.
  • For more articles, go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.

South Africa’s largest online retailer is celebrating its birthday by encouraging shoppers to spend money on a wide range of items - some of which carry claims of discounts of up to 50%.

The sale covers most categories on the site, but there’s an obvious bias towards tech and lockdown related deals that might make all the additional time working and relaxing at home more bearable.

Takealot has reserved most of their biggest discounts for small items like watch straps, screen protectors, power banks and cellphone cases, but it’s on the bigger ticket items lurking between them - laptops, cameras, and printers, for example - that the real bargains are hiding.

Although the usual discount sale caveats still apply - it pays to remember the tricks that retailers might use to get you to spend more, and to be aware of inflated percentage discounts designed to trick you into thinking you're getting a better discount than you are, shoppers with fast fingers might be able to snap up some discounts well into the thousands.

These are some the best deals we could find: 

Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro

There are currently four Apple MacBook Pros listed on the birthday sale portal - all available at significant discounts.

Of these, the Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 10th generation Core i5 512GB, in Space Grey, carries the biggest discount - Takealot is selling it for R 35,999.

Other online retailers are currently selling the same laptop for R39,999.

Dell XPS 13 Laptop

Windows users can also pick up good deals on laptops - most notably with Dell.

The Dell XPS 13 7390 Intel Core i7-10510U 13.3" Touch Screen Notebook is currently selling for R34,999.

This is at an advertised discount of R5,000 - which, according to our research at other online retailers, appears to be fairly accurate.

Printers

There are several printers on offer as well.

Although the major discounts appear to be on Kyocera printers - these advertised discounts are somewhat inflated when compared to Kyocera’s direct sales site. Instead, if it’s rand discounts you’re after, these are the printers to look at:

The Epson EcoTank L5190 is selling on Takealot for R4,999 - as much as R2,240 cheaper than other online stores.

The HP Ink Tank Wireless 530 3-in-1 Printer is selling for R3,499 on Takealot - HP’s list price for this printer is R1,000 more.

For entry-level home printing, this Canon Pixma TS704 also caught our eye - it offers wireless printing, has a stellar rating, and costs just R799 - markedly cheaper than on other online stores.

Photography

Budding photographers would do well to look around the photography section of the birthday sale. There are several items on offer - from tripods to camera bundles - that represent good deals.

This Manfrotto Element Traveller Small Black Tripod with Ball Head has a pretty solid online rating, and at R1,499 it’s about R1,000 cheaper than two leading camera retailers in the country.

A Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Twin Lens Value Bundle, also marketed as a great vlogging starter kit, is on discount for R9,999. Other retailers are selling the same bundle for R5,000 more.

The Canon 800D 24MP Twin Lens Value Bundle, on sale for R9,999, is a solid entry level kit for the casual vacation photographer, and it’s also about R5,000 cheaper than another online camera store.

It might also be a good time to stock up on SD cards. This SanDisk SD card, for example, is about R150 cheaper than anywhere else.

And now discounted at most online retailers, this GoPro Hero 8 Black is still about R500 cheaper than the competition. If you’re willing to forgo the latest models, though, the GoPro Hero 7, at about R1,000 cheaper than the competition, is an even better deal.

Sports tech

There are two running watches also on sale. The Samsung Galaxy Active 2 40mm Smart Watch, in rose gold, is selling for R4,499 - more than 25% cheaper than some of the competition.

And the Garmin Forerunner 735 XT, available in two colours, is R1,000 cheaper than the competition.

Music

Headphones, audiovisual equipment, and other related items also feature prominently.

The sought-after Sonos One SL WiFi Speaker is currently selling for R3,299. Although this isn’t quite as cheap as the promised 23%, or R1,000 off, you’ll still struggle to find a better price elsewhere.

If you’re looking to invest a bit more, the Bose S1 Pro is also on sale - for a not insignificant R9,999. Although Takealot is advertising this at a massive R8,630 discount, the real saving is likely closer to R1,000, which is still a pretty good deal for those in the market for a high-end wireless speaker.

Sennheiser’s HD 450 bluetooth headphones are also on sale - at R2,399 and with consistently high ratings, they might be the best over-ear bluetooth headphone deal online at the moment.

Sony’s WH-1000XM3, a higher-end alternative, cost R4,999 on Takealot during the sale. They’re widely regarded as one of the best noise-cancelling headphones, and between R600 and R1,000 cheaper than anywhere else.

Televisions

Televisions – a favourite for discount sales around the world – are also going for a relative song. These are three of the biggest discounts we could find on sale.This LG OLED Smart Digital 4K TV is selling for as much as R49,999 at some competitors, but with the birthday discount it’s on offer for R5,000 less than that.

The slightly more affordable LG 65SM8600 NanoCell Smart Digital TV is also priced well at R17,999 – although the discount isn’t quite as high as the R4,000 that Takealot claims, competitors are selling it for about R2,000 more.

Closer to the entry-level, the R9,999 Hisense 55" Premium ULED with Quantom Dot is between R500 and R2,000 cheaper than other deals we could find, and the JVC 32" LED TV, selling for R2,099, is still around R400 cheaper than the competition.

 

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