Samsung and Takealot sales: the best deals we could find, and their true discounts
- Samsung and Takealot are running large online campaigns advertising significant discounts.
- In most cases, the discounts are overstated.
- Don't necessarily take them at their word - but there are still a few savings to be had.
- For more stories visit Business Insider South Africa.
Takealot and Samsung are currently running large online campaigns that advertise significant discounts on a variety of products.
Samsung is in the midst of their Blue Tag Sale - with retail partners across the spectrum advertising discounts of up to 40% off. This coincides with Takealot’s “Most Wish-listed” sale, which offers varying discounts on items they say shoppers most frequently add to their online wish lists.
Both sales are almost unavoidable to any online shoppers at the moment - and the deals they’re offering appear to be remarkable. However, a bit of online research reveals that, although the sale products may be cheaper, the advertised discounts are almost never as good as they claim.
Even though in most cases the double digit percentage discounts prove to be exaggerated, the final sale prices are usually still a few percentage points cheaper than competitors - and there are some deals worth considering, particularly if you’re in the market for a big-ticket item.
Here's what we found:
Takealot is selling this LG television for R32,999 - a claimed discount of R4,000 off its list price of R36,999.
The television is not currently listed close to Takealot’s advertised pre-discount price on other online stores in South Africa. Makro is also selling it for R32,999 (with no claimed discount), and The Digital Experience has it listed for R29,995, down from R35,995.
Takealot says it is offering a 42% discount on the 256GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Takealot’s sale price is R16,599 - which they claim is R12,400 off the claimed retail price of R28,999. There are comparable online deals that have the phone at just a few hundred rand more.
Only Hirsch’s list price comes close to Takealot’s claimed price - they’re selling it for R27,999.99. Other retailers, like Loot, list the phone as considerably cheaper - but are selling it for roughly R300 more than Takealot.
Takealot lists this Reebok Treadmill at R16,999 - and claims to be selling it for 11% cheaper, at R14,999. Although there are no live deals to compare this to, its international retail price is considerably more than the local one.
According to Takealot, this Kenwood Mega Pack usually retails at R16,999. Although most competitors sell it for around R12,999 (Adams), or R13,999 (Loot), the sale price on Takealot of R11,999 is still around R1,000 cheaper than anywhere else.
Takealot lists this hair styler as having a pre-sale retail price of R13,999. Although even Dyson only lists it on their official website for R12,999, Takealot’s R11,599 is about R500 to R1000 cheaper than other online retailers.
This Ryobi generator is listed at R9,999 - which is less than many other retailers are currently selling it for. At Takealot’s discounted price of R8,499, it represents a good discount compared to the Builder’s price tag of R9,598, and Game’s of R10,999.
Samsung 7kg/5kg Metallic Washer Dryer
Samsung is selling this washer dryer at R8,999. Stores participating in the deal, like Makro, Expert, and Hirsch’s claim it’s at a R2,000 discount. Takealot is selling the same machine, for a supposed 18% discount, at R10,599.
Samsung is selling a range of smartphones directly from their website, under their Blue Tag Sale banner - but most of the discounts only reflect at their retail partners. Here’s how these stack up:
Galaxy A01 R1,899 (Most retailers matching this price, and advertising a R400 discount)
Galaxy A11 R3,499 (Hirsch’s, Makro and others selling at R2,999)
Galaxy A21s R3,799 (Makro, Incredible Connection and others selling at R3,499)
Galaxy A2 Core R1598.99 (Game selling at R1,399)
Galaxy Watch Active2 Bluetooth (40mm)
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is selling directly from Samsung’s website for R3,999 - an advertised discount of R3,000. This represents a good deal - partner retailers are currently selling the watch from between R4,495 (The Digital Experience) and R6,999 (Expert).
Samsung 75"QLED Smart 4K UHD TV
Prices on this TV, also part of the Blue Tag sale, vary wildly - even at official retailers. Expert is selling it for R44,999, a whole R4,000 cheaper than Mason’s. Both seem reasonable compared to Hirsch’s one-time list price of R60,699.99.
Samsung 43” Smart UHD TV
The Samsung UA43TU7000KXXA Smart TV is on the Blue Tag sale at Hirsch’s, Expert, and Masons. The price varies between each - but the cheapest deal is at Hirsch’s, where it’s marked down from R7,099 to R6,499, which also matches the Loot.
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