This article was Business Insider South Africa's central clearing house for everything you needed to know on and about Black Friday. It is no longer being updated, but scroll to the bottom and start reading up, and it will be just like having the day all over again.
The shopping continues into the weekend, and some online retailers have Cyber Monday specials coming up, but everything exciting has pretty much happened. But you'll have to read about that in regular Business Insider South Africa articles. After a little over 20 hours of constant live updates, we're drawing a line under our coverage here.
Thank you, and good night.
The Black Friday mood may be starting to turn a little...
The fashion category has popped up some of the deepest discounts today, and there are still many offers left standing. Here is our roundup of some of the 70%-off Black Friday deals on clothes and shoes are still available right now.
Things are starting to look a bit hazardous as the really good deal sell out and the perhaps-not-quit-so-good deals remain standing. Among the discounts still available there is this portable air conditioner Takealot will sell you for R4,999, which it says is a 27% discount. But others sell it for that exact same price every other day.
Likewise, Loot tell us it is offering a 43% Black Friday discount on this 65" Hisense ULED TV (model LEDN65U8A) for R19,999. But it is not the only retailer offering that price – and you can even get it slightly cheaper.
We're receiving reports from Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria of heavier than usual rush-hour traffic around major shopping malls and large stores such as Makro.
It seems people are popping into the shops for one last look for deals.
If you are not one of those final bargain hunters – and you have the option on your commute – best to avoid routes that may be affected.
We've seen many things today, but this is one of the strangest: The strange Black Friday price war over a 'R650,000' bottle of whisky (now only R339,000)
If you overpaid for your bottle of 50-year-old Speyside whisky from The Glenlivet's Winchester Collection, commiserations.
One small website has given up the ghost, but it seems all the major players in South Africa have made it through the worst of the Black Friday rush with only payment glitches.
There are a couple of surprises in the emerging best-seller lists for Black Friday. These are the deals that are topping the rankings and were still available last time we checked, including the breast pump and the bread maker.
Not the place we would normally go looking for clothing gifts, but Netflorist still has stock of most sizes of most of its personalised T-shirt range at R180 a piece, a 40% saving. The "personalisation" is just two initials on the back, but there are some good shirts for the gamer in your life nonetheless.
For some reason obscure Afrikaans erotic fiction isn't doing as well as you may have thought this Black Friday.
Raru has only 10 copies left of "Ultrasatyn 2", a two-in-one paperback featuring the stories "Ridderspoor en Rose" (about a woman who isn't pleased with a man looking for a demure woman) and "Alfaman in Armani" (about an erotic fiction writer who meets an alpha-type crime writer).
Those would be the same 10 copies it has had on sale since this morning, even though they are R39 each, a discount of 80% on the usual price.
The top contender for the Worst Black Friday offer is currently this "deal" from the retailer WantItAll. The markdown (6%) is insult enough, but to charge more than R2,000 for a plastic toy (even it promises to improve your toddler's "pincer grip") is outrageous.
UPDATE: We've found the exact same Green Toys Sea Plane for R431 from Faithful-to-Nature. That's not a Black Friday price, just a better reflection of the normal everyday price you would pay in, say, the UK.
In all, Black Friday sales were relatively calm across South Africa.
But if Takealot's experience is any indication, sales did not disappoint.
Takealot, which launched its Black Friday offers at midnight, reported that by 08:30 it had seen R87 million in sales - the total value of transactions generated by Black Friday 2017.
All the very big high-end Black Friday deals aren't sold out yet, as long as you know where to look. Kloppers, a retailer best known for its stores in Bloemfontein and George, still has a 75-inch Samsung UHD Smart LED TV (model UA75NU7100) available for R26,499 online. That's a bit over R10,000 cheaper than the usual price elsewhere – and a great deal less than you could pay if you weren't careful.
The tuna and long-life milk Black Friday specials at our local Woolworths were gone in a flash:
Mountain bike enthusiast? Business Insider South Africa contributor Lance Branquinho argues that Black Friday presents the perfect opportunity to buy a top-end bike at nearly cost price.
If you are in the market for cellphone hardware, there are some pretty good 24-month contracts on offer from Telkom, Vodacom, and Cell C today. Here are all the details – with essentially free data and voice minutes thrown in.
RSAMade, the official online store of Proudly South African, has a Black Friday sale category that promises up to 40% off, but most of the discounts are not exactly compelling.
Here are all the scenes of chaos and the mini-stampedes at Game stores that opened at midnight that we have seen on social media. Those seem to have been isolated incidents, and shopping continues to be smooth online and in the real world, by all reports.
There are still half-price tickets available for Matilda: The Musical at the Montecasino theatre in Johannesburg for tonight – they're just somewhere between hard and impossible to book via mobile phone. But if you turn a desktop browser to this link on the CompuTicket site, you will still find R520 deals for two tickets for the 8PM show. No promises that those seats will be next to one another, though.
These are the two top-selling Black Friday book deals on Takealot:
Computicket has some 50% off deals. Right now you can still get tickets to the Guns N Roses concert in Johannesburg next week for R257 if you select the "Black Friday 50%" section. There are also still 30% off tickets for the Monster Jam event in Cape Town in April next year.
Birkenstock alert: Superbalist is offering up to 40% off on some of these shoes.
It is busy but calm (and even polite) at the Zara store in the V&A Waterfront, which is pretty much the kind of reports we're receiving from all over the country.
There are a couple of, ahem, newsworthy special offers currently live for Black Friday. A one-year BL Premium subscription for the BusinessDay website is going for R299 rather than the usual full price of R1,440. Our Afrikaans sister site Netwerk24 has also deeply slashed its subscription price, to R9.99 per month for two months, rather than the usual R100 per month.
SanParks is offering 40% discount on selected accommodation, camping, backpack trails and wilderness trails across the various national parks, if you book today. (You will have to register with it first.)
Some social media footage of the midnight rush at Game stores in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana:
There was a long queue for Nike Black Friday deals outside the Access Park outlet park in Cape Town this morning.
The winner of the cheapest deal for the 501 Levis Original denim jean pant is Edgars - if you're prepared to buy two for the price of one (R799).
After we stepped in, YouNeek has now doubled the discount on its range of very South African braai aprons. You can pick up “Star Wors: The Braaier Awakens” for R102, which is 40% off, and personalised punny aprons are going for the same price.
Liverpool gear is 50% off – which is kind of surprising giving their strong season so far.
By dint of close watching and fast clicking, we can finally and conclusively confirm that the OneDayOnly free-stuff deals are real.
Perhaps because it misspelled the (admittedly difficult) name, Banks Kitchen Boutique still has more than 40 units of the AMT Gastroguss ("World's Best Pan") tossing pans available for R550 each. Banks overstates the usual selling price a little, but that is still a solid 40% discount.
Online retailer Raru is selling a handful of studio recording packages for just over R3,000; similar products have proven popular and sold out quickly elsewhere. Or, for the teenage kid of that family member you really dislike, Raru also has three "rock-size" drum kits going for R3,900.
Takealot credit card payments appear to be working smoothly again after the site disabled that method for about an hour. Some users are reporting intermittent trouble with the company's app, though.
The Credit Card and Masterpass payment options have been reactivated on our platforms. Please feel free to use your credit card or any of our other payment options, like Instant EFT to complete your purchase. Thank you.— takealot (@TAKEALOT) November 23, 2018
As more regular trading hours begin, the major shopping websites for Black Friday 2018 are looking good. The Incredible Connection website is much slower than usual, but online stores like Takealot, Loot, and OneDayOnly appeared to be glitch-free. The websites for Makro and Game were also standing up well to the unusual load from bargain hunters.
We've listed our favourite tech deals so far, the best toy discounts, and the kitchen-gadget sales that caught our eye. Now you can also see our favourite 111 deals overall for Black Friday 2018 so far, constantly updated as we find new gems or limited offers sell out.
There are long queues in some parts of South Africa...
... but reports from most stores are that shopping is pretty calm.
Not so in the US, where giant retailer Walmart is trying to contain Black Friday chaos with 'mazes’ — but photos reveal a wild shopping fiasco.
We have yet to see any of the famous "100%" deals from OneDayOnly actually active, but the site has been posting links to such offers on its Twitter account – they're just apparently sold out by the time we see those.
Dis-Chem's 300 discounted items for Black Friday lean heavily towards the everyday necessities: washing powder, deodorant, moisturiser. But it is selling a handful of more expensive products at a discount, such as the Fitbit Versa Aluminium for R2,900 rather than the usual R4,000.
Clicks is also selling the very fun Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 cameras for R800, a discount of around R300 on the usual retail price, online only.
Other Loot bestsellers included:
Note: Builders Warehouse has a Black Friday generators sale.
Bargain seekers have been shopping through the night at Game and Dion Wired stores in a number of malls. Long queues have been reported, but so far it seems as if last year's stampedes have been avoided.
Imagine. Imagine. Standing in a 150m Makro queue on Black Friday. Imagine.— Hein (@HBEZ101) November 23, 2018
Looking at the Due South Black Friday deals - they cover everything from clothing to gadgets, like this GoPro deal - for R3,000 off.
Superbalist has a handy category for all deals under R100: check it out.
Babies R Us has some of the best deals on offer - take a look at our list of top Black Friday promotions on toys.
The "100% off" deals are yet to land at OneDayOnly. The retailer promised items from brands like Reebok, Russell Hobbs, and Smeg – all with a price tag of R0.
In the meantime, these Black Friday promotions caught our eye:
Here are some of the best Takealot deals:
Some 10,000 deals - with up to 60% off - just went live at Takealot.
And some of them have already sold out:
Zando's Black Friday deals are live:
Me: I’m not participating in Black Friday Also me: let me look for a nice handbag on Zando Also also me: you are the queen of self sabotage ??— Liz* (@Liz_Ledwaba) November 22, 2018
GUESS TAYLOR WATCH SILVER-TONE at R999 (was R2,595)
Big Puma savings at Puma:
This is what you'll currently find if you go to Game's website:
Business Insider reporter Jay Caboz is at the Century City mall in Cape Town, to cover the midnight specials.
Some 90 Game stores are expected to open countrywide at midnight where eager consumers will be the first to get their hands on the Black Friday specials.
Game was criticised last year for a lack of security after doors were shattered during a midnight stampede in Century City, Cape Town.
Read which Games stores will be open here
Shoppers have started gathering at a Game Store in North Riding, Rundburg. One customer says he is yet to make up his mind on what to buy, whilst another says "I am getting a fridge and a T.v." Some retailers are opening at 12h00am for #blackfriday #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/F8UooPTYtr— BlackBallPen (@dinanodamano) November 22, 2018
Black Friday started in the US: it's a shopping day where retailers offer massive discounts. It used to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season, after the US Thanksgiving holiday.
The phenomenon has recently gained momentum in South Africa, with several stores reporting stampedes as shoppers fight each other for marked-down products.
Many South African retailers, including Telkom, Superbalist, Pick n Pay, Takealot, Game, Zando, Makro, iStore, Cotton On and H&M have announced that they’ll be offering Black Friday deals in South Africa.
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