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Photo Jay Caboz.
Black Friday 2018. Photo Jay Caboz.
  • Black Friday falls on 29 November this year, but it is safe to assume that both online retailers and their bricks-and-mortar counterparts will be offering discounts over a number of days again.
  • Retailers tend to keep their best deals secret until the last second – so we looked at last year's biggest and most popular discounts to figure out who you'll want to keep an eye on.
  • These are the stores and online stores to watch on Black Friday 2019 for electronics, phones, and more.
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Black Friday 2019 falls on 29 November, and everything points to it being another shopping bonanza.

For retailers the adopted American event means getting customers into stores, physically or online, and helps establish their brand credentials ahead of December shopping. For customers it means good – and sometimes amazing – deals for the quick and savvy, and analyst say some potential buyers have been saving up for months in anticipation.

Many retailers, both online and bricks-and-mortar, are likely to draw out discounts over the course of a week, starting on the weekend of 23 November. But, as has become tradition, they will be keeping some of their biggest and best discounts under tight wraps until the very end.

So we turned to history to figure out which retailers are likely to offer the best deals on electronics, fridges, inflatable pools and nappies again this year.

These are the retailers we'll be watching closely on Black Friday 2019, based on their sales and discounts last year.

Takealot

One of the biggest winners on Black Friday 2018 was Takealot, with R196 million in sales last year - a 125% year-on-year growth.

These are some of the discounts that caught our eye last year, and makes it worth watching on Black Friday 2019

Hisense 65" Ultra HD Premium Quantum Dot TV R19,999(was R34,999)

iPhone 6S 64GB - Space Grey CPO  R4,999 (was R6,999)

Huawei P20 Lite 64GB LTE- Blue  R4,499 (was R5,999)

DStv Explora 2 Fully Installed R1,299 (was R2,499)

Hoover - Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner R699 (was R1,199)

The company's sales numbers also show that it had big hits with folding camp chairs, nappies, and various electronics.


Game

Pink retailer Game had big discounts on items like TVs, computers – and inflatable pools – last year. What will keep us watching on 29 November are these discounts it had on offer:

Acer Intel Core i3 Notebook - R4,999 (was R6,999)

Telefunken - 43" FHD LED TV TLEDD-43FHD, R2,990 (was R4,299)

Inflatable pool bundle - R1,799 (saving of R487, according to Game) 


One Day Only

One Day Only led with discounts that built up to a 100% off on Black Friday - but only on select times, and only if you were lucky enough to spot them. For those who were not that quick, it offered these deals: 

Garmin Fenix 5S HR GPS Multi-Sport Watch R7,499 (was R10,900)

Smeg fridge R15,999 (from R24,000)

Harman Kardon AVR 171S 7.2 Channel Networked Audio/Video Amplifier + HKTS 16 Home Theatre System R14,999 (from R22,000)


Makro

Makro's ‘Black 5 Day’ promotion got off to a rocky start after its online store crashed on its first day.

Despite the crash, what really caught out attention around Black Friday 2018 was a 'R650,000' bottle of whisky which was then priced at R339,000 - a saving of R149,000 per bottle.

Makro is likely to have similar headline-grabbing deals for Black Friday 2019


HiFi Corp

HiFi Corp prides itself on its discount credentials.

Its best-sellers list from Black Friday last year included a Defy 4 plate hot stove for R1,999 (was R2,899), a Sinotec 124cm HD LED TV for R3,999 (was R5,799), and an Xbox One what went for R3,499 (was R5,999). 


Toys R Us

Toys R Us had one particularly eyebrow-rising discount in 2018: the Hatchimals Fabula Forest Tigrette for R499.90

We saw the same thing for more than R1,000 at other retailers.

We rate it likely that Toys R Us will have at least one hot toy line available at a steeply discounted price come 29 November.


Dion Wired

Technology chain Dion Wired ran a 50% discount on console games for Black Friday 2018. In-store there were up to 53% discounts on electronics and appliances, up to 40% on UHD TVs, up to 39% on 4K TVs

Our pick last year, though was an Apple iPhone 6 32Gb for R4,399 instead of the usual R6,299. 


Incredible Connection

Last year computer retailer Incredible Connection discounted drones, cameras, and consoles. These were some of its best deals in 2018:

Dji Mavic Air Fly More Combo in white: R17,999 (was R19,899)

MSI GF62 i7 8750H 8GB 128GB 1TB GTX1060: R19,999 (was R24,999)

Xbox One S 1TB Console: R3,499 (was R4,999)

GoPro Hero 7 Action Camera in black: R6,999 (was R7,989)


The PlayStation and Microsoft stores

Both Sony and Microsoft sold cut-price subscriptions – perfect as gifts – for Black Friday 2018. 

Sony caught our eye with these:

3-Months subscription to PlayStation Plus - R297.00 (was R349.00)

12-Month subscription to PlayStation Plus - R719 (was R899)

While Microsoft offered a 1-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold for R15, instead of the usual R159.


Pick n Pay

Pick n Pay rolled through November with 20 days of discounts that ran up to 50% across food, liquor, toiletries, and other household products.

One of our favourite discounts was on Nescafe Gold 200g coffee which sold for R60 rather than the then normal R99.99, and which now currently sells for R106.99.


Cell Phones

Prices on Samsung, Apple, and Huawei devices all dropped across different providers and retailers for Black Friday last year. These were the outlets to watch in 2018.

iStore South Africa: iPhone prices were slashed by up to R2,500 – with models selling out online by early Friday morning

Cell C offered the iPhone SE for R189 per month, for 24 months, including 90 minutes calling, 90 SMSes and 500MB of data per month plus 20GB free to use over the first two months. This meant you ended up paying in total R4,536 over 24 months for a phone worth R6,499 - with data as well.  

Telkom offered Samsung's Galaxy A8 for R149 per month over 24 months. This meant you paid a total of R3,576 for the device and data over the 24 month contract period, while the phone alone was worth R7,200. 

Vodacom were punting the Huawei P20 Pro and Huawei T3 10 Tab as a combo deal for R699 per month, over 24 months with airtime worth R200 every month. This meant you piad R16,766 in total over 24 months for hardware worth R18,666 (the phone goes for R15,666 and the tablet is worth R3,000) and got airtime worth R4,800 for mahala.

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