It’s that time of the year; thousands of South African shoppers are preparing to shop up a storm on Black Friday. Known as the most popular sales day across the globe, stores are getting ready to open their doors with highly discounted products. Black Friday originated in the United States many years ago but have quickly gained a large following across the world, and South Africa is no different. Almost every well-known store in the country take part in this shopping day and this year promises to be bigger and better. If you are planning to shop on Black Friday in South Africa, it is important to keep a few tips and tricks in mind to make the most of the best deals available.
What to expect on Black Friday in South Africa
Every year, more and more retailers join in to take advantage of the mass shopping activities on Black Friday. Looking at catalogues on Kimbino from a range of stores in the country, it is evident that Black Friday 2019 is set to be the biggest one yet.
Which products will be on special?
Past year’s statistics show that the most popular products South African shoppers buy on this day are clothing, shoes, groceries, electronics and home appliances. It is predicted that this year will be much the same and that South Africans will shop at popular clothing retailers, including Jet Stores, Edgars and Woolworths, as well as at grocery and electronic stores such as Game and Dion Wired. Many of these stores have already released their Black Friday sales catalogues, and hopeful shoppers can expect to save up to 70% on popular items!
How much will shopper spend?
Looking at previous years, shoppers buy on average 4.5 products on special on Black Friday in South Africa and are willing to spend around R1735. It is believed that 2019 will see more or less the same figures.
Where will South Africans shop?
Looking at statistics from last year, more and more South African shoppers buy online. This year, it is predicted that around 64% of individuals will shop online and offline, while 16% will only shop online and 20% will only shop at physical brick-and-mortar stores.
How to prepare for Black Friday
Black Friday in South Africa is now a phenomenon and many people around the country are eagerly waiting for the 29th of November to start shopping. Unfortunately, because of its growing popularity, this day can quickly become chaotic. Therefore, it is essential to plan your day in advance. Follow these quick and easy tips to make the most out of your Black Friday:
Set your budget a few days in advance
If you’re not quite sure how much you want to spend, it’s a great idea to browse your favourite store’s Black Friday online catalogues to see what they will have on offer. Once you find the items you want to buy, you can set up a budget for yourself. Try to stick to your budget and do not buy anything you cannot afford on credit! This will lead to debt in the future that is incredibly difficult to get rid of.
As mentioned before, malls and shops can get packed quickly on the big day, it is therefore wise to rather shop online. Luckily, most well-known stores have online shops. When you shop online, you can do it in the comfort of your home without having to worry about heavy traffic and long queues. A big bonus: Many retailers have online-only specials, so you can save even more!
Set up a wish list
Many online stores allow you to set up a wish list, to make it easy to check out on the day. Not only will you save time, but this list will also help you to stay on track with your shopping – you don’t want to buy things you don’t need! A wish list is the perfect solution to stay organised and stick with your budget on Black Friday in South Africa.
Black Friday is an exciting day for many. Looking at predictions, it seems that many South African stores are getting ready for their biggest Black Friday yet! If you’re looking to take part in the shopping activities this year, be sure to prepare in advance for a smooth and organised experience. Lastly, don’t forget to have fun – Black Friday is all about having a positive shopping experience!