6 Things - Black Friday

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Black Friday is synonymous with bargains, long queues and elbow wars. Over the years retailers have created a plethora of Shopping Holidays to entice shoppers to reach for their wallets. Think Back to School, Valentine’s, Easter Holidays, Mother’s and Father’s Days, Spring Day, Halloween, Holidays and Christmas however, none perform as well as Black Friday. Stats in South Africa showed an increase of 8.2% Year on Year in 2017 so let’s be prepared for Black Friday this year. By planning it right you can probably do all your Christmas shopping all in one day.
Here are the 6 things you need to know:

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday started in the United States somewhere in the 60’s on the day that followed Thanksgiving and most noteworthy that which marked the start of the Christmas Shopping period. Only recently has it started to take a hold in South Africa. Certainly, it is by far the biggest single spending retail day in South Africa. So, if you’re a retailer you have to embrace Black Friday, or if you’re an opportunistic shopper, you have amazing options.


Black Friday starts at 00:00:01 on Friday, this year on the 29th of November. Certainly it’s easy for online retailers to open their stores at that time, however, most retailers open doors earlier than usual. Remember to check their websites or marketing material for details.


Some deals are just irresistible, and retailers have figured out which bargains will draw the crowds. Consequently, if you don’t prepare there is the chance that you’ll be driving around and end up with nothing in the boot. Queues form quickly so Black Fridays can easily be classified as an Olympic sport. Have water handy, wear comfy clothes but most importantly pull on sensible shoes. Before you join any queues, get to the bathroom and make sure you pack a snack just in case. Once the doors open it’s a race to stack it high. Luckily there are some online retailers that make it easier for you to get your hands on a special but most of them limit items per user, or there are savvy internet shoppers online and you are bound to miss the deals if you don’t know where to click.

Online Stores

Firstly and most importantly is to make sure you have pre-created your online account once you’ve decided where to shop. As a result, this process will ensure a quick checkout action and will help you avoid missing the action entirely. Secondly, subscribe to your e-commerce store’s Newsletter so that you will consequently know what they’ll have on sale ahead of time. Finally, some retailers offer a Black-Weekend of shopping, but if you’re looking for an item that has a stock limit of 50, then best you stay up and get that order in early.

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Big Retailers

Most retailers offer limited stock items (and most of them have e-commerce sites with different promotions). If it’s not available on their websites then getting in the queue early is an option.
Some stores are keeping their special a secret right to the last minute, so you have to prepare:

Mr Price Group
Exclusive Books
Pick n Pay
HiFi Corporation
Incredible Connection
Dion Wired
Builders Warehouse
Cape Union Mart
The Pro Shop
Sportsmans Warehouse


Expect Malls to make it easy for you to get in and out. Many malls offer free parking on the day and some even hand out water for shoppers waiting in a long queue. Study the mall’s layout beforehand and know if the shop you want to visit actually has a special. Every minute walking around aimlessly could cost you a pair of shoes. Click around on their website to find their floor map and subscribe to their newsletter. Here is a list of Malls that tend to embrace Black Friday:

Western & Northern Cape:

Bayside Mall
Blue Route Mall
Canal Walk
Cape Gate Regional Shopping Centre
Constantia Village
Diamond Pavilion
Eikestad Mall
Garden Route Mall 
Kalahari Mall
Kathu Village Mall
Kim Park
Longbeach Mall
N2 City Mall
Paarl Mall
Parow Centre
Somerset Mall
Tyger Valley
Weskus Mall
Willowbridge Mall
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Eastern Cape:

Baywest Mall
Fountains Mall
Greenacres Shopping Centre
Hemingways Mall
Mdantsane City
Vincent Park

Free State:

Bloem Plaza
Goldfields Mall
Loch Logan 
Mimosa Mall
Welkom Square

KwaZulu Natal:

Arbour Crossing
Bluff Towers
Bridge Shopping Centre
Chatsworth Shopping Centre
Cornubia Mall
Gateway World
La Lucia Mall
Midlands Mall
Musgrave Centre
Pinecrest Shopping Centre
Shelly Centre
Southcoast Mall
The Pavilion
The Workshop Centre
Umlazi Mega City
Westwood Mall


Bela Mall
Lephalale Mall
Mall of the North
Savannah Mall 
Tubatse Crossing


Acornhoek Mall
Highveld Mall
I’langa Mall
Mall @ Emba
Riverside Mall
Secunda Mall
The Grove Riverside

North West Province:

City Mall
Matlosana Mall
Mooiriver Mall
Moruleng Mall
Tower Mall
Village Mall
Waterfall Mall


Alberton City
Atlyn Shopping Centre
Atterbury Value Mart
Balfour Park
Bedford Centre
Brits Mall
Brooklyn Mall
Bryanston Centre
Cedar Square
Centurion Mall
Clearwater Mall
Colony Centre
Cradlestone Mall
Cresta Shopping Centre
Dobsonville Mall
Festival Mall
Forest Hill City
Fourways Crossing
Fourways Mall
Greenstone Mall
Hatfield Plaza
Hillfox Value Centre
Hydepark Corner
Irene Village Mall
Jabulani Mall
Jubilee Mall
Keywest Mall
Killarney Mall
Kolonnade Centre
Kolonnade Retail Park
Mall of Africa
Mall @ Carnival
Mall @ Reds
Maponya Mall
Melrose Arch
Menlyn Park
Morningside Shopping Centre
Nelson Mandela Square
Nicolway Bryanston
Parkview Centre
Princess Crossing
Randburg Square
Randridge Mall
The Mall of Rosebank
Sandton City
Southgate Mall
Stoneridge Shopping Centre
The Boulders
The Glen Shopping Centre
The Grove Pretoria
The Zone @ Rosebank
Trade Route Mall
Vaal Mall
Wonderpark Centre

Failing to plan is planning to fail and a lot of tempted shoppers drive around aimlessly. If you have extensive shopping in mind, a lunch hour might not cut it so take the day off. Delays are to be expected so be patient and don’t be “that guy” that gets featured on the evening news. Above all else, know what you want, know where else to get it and have a Plan B because you won’t have a second chance. Finally, don’t think on the day, just shop. See you in a queue.


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Sharon Barnes
Sharon Barnes

Great Give-Away! Thanks for the Black Friday shopping tips! 🙂

Zuleika Essa
Zuleika Essa

Wow this is awesome💕💕💕

Anu Naidoo
Anu Naidoo

A absolutely wonderful giveaway thank you
Thanks for the post it was interesting and enlightening.

Nothemba Ketiwe
Nothemba Ketiwe

Thanks for the Thanksgiving tips, really appreciate them. They will make shopping much easier.

Dawie Esterhuizen
Dawie Esterhuizen

Great info & giveaway!