Stores in South Africa are going all-in on load shedding ‘deals’ – this is how they stack up
- South African retailers spotted the load shedding gap and started offering discounts on "essentials" for backup power, light, and cooking.
- As usual, not all deals were created equal.
- We rounded up some of the prices on identical hardware you need to survive load shedding.
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South African stores have ramped up on load shedding "essentials" – and several retailers are advertising discounts and specials on everything from small items like power banks, solar powered garden lights, and torches, to big-ticket buys such like gas braais, universal power supplies, and generators.
The prices of some items are very closely matched across all retailers - and shopping around might only save you a few rands. But other items - like empty gas canisters - can vary by as much as 27%, while one surge protecter is 43% more expensive at Dion Wired than at Hirsch's.
And to confuse matters even more, some stores are offering great deals on one item, and then increasing prices on other related products.
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This loss leader strategy is common during sale periods like Black Friday. Don’t assume that because one store is selling a gas stove at a great price, that the canister sitting next to it is a good deal too.
A savvy and disciplined shopper can purchase these loss leaders and save a few rands, though - but it’ll also mean they might have to shop at multiple stores to get the best deals.
We compared a few of the most popular items being sold in load-shedding sections across South Africa - here’s what we found.
We list the best deal we can find, but can't promise there isn't better out there. Retailers may change prices without notice, or apply dynamic pricing which means you will be offered a different price. Prices are as listed, without taking into account any loyalty schemes or delivery charges.
Ryobi 650W Petrol Generator
Builders: R2,350 (as priced on 11 December, currently not available online)
Magneto Rechargeable LED Lantern
Pick n Pay: R199
Hi-Fi Corp: R219.90
Energizer Vision Headlight 100 Lumens
Sportsmans Warehouse: R139.90
Cape Union Mart: R150
Kroma Aluminium Led Camping Light & Torch
Camp and Climb: R129
Weber 57cm Compact Kettle Braai
Alva Stove 2 Plate Gas Stove
Cadac - 2 Plate Stainless Steel Stove
Cadac 9kg gas canister (excluding gas)
Alva 9kg gas canister (excluding gas)
House and Home: R699
Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
Mecer 1000VA Line Interactive UPS
First Shop: R1,099
Chaos Computers: R1,299
Romoss Polymos 20 Air Power Bank
Ellies Surge Protector
OK Furniture: R199.99
HiFi Corp: R229.90
Ellies Surge 12 Way Wonder Protect
OK Furniture: R299
House and Home: R299.99
HiFi Corp: R359.90
Dion Wired: R429
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