Who doesn't love a bargain?
This is perhaps why the American phenomenon of Black Friday has taken off in South Africa. In recent years more and more local retails have joined the Black Friday express.
While traditionally the day of sales lasts from midnight to midnight, here shoppers are given longer to browse and stock up on essentials as the bigger brands start sales sometimes days ahead of time.
Regardless, there's always a rush and social media is filled with pics and vids of long queues and people getting rowdy as they fight for specials.
Black Friday falls on 27 November and this year many more people may prefer to shop online - with the threat of Covid-19 infection, and physical distancing still in force - it's inevitable that websites will crash again as thousands click through looking for a bargain or two.
Since so much has changed in 2020 with the lockdown regulations, it will be interesting to see how Black Friday sales perform this year.
We asked readers how they plan for the Black Friday sales, and only 8% of respondents said they save, research and plan ahead, preparing to make the most of it.
15% told us they wait and see what looks like a good deal on the day, but the majority, at 77%, revealed that they have "no interest" in spending more money this year.
Nonetheless, if you do have a few rands saved, this is the best time to stock up on essential baby goods like nappies, bum cream, wet wipes and more.
To make your shopping day easier we've gathered together some of the best Black Friday specials we've seen so far - we'll be updating regularly so check back often! See below:
Local cloth nappy suppliers are also offering Black Friday specials, so keep an eye on your favourite brands to grab a bargain this week.
Also, keep an eye on Takealot for cloth nappy specials this Black Friday.
Faithful to nature started their Black Friday on Monday 23 November and the deals will continue up to the Friday, 27 November.
There will be great savings across departments with up to 50% savings on school backpacks, baby foods, and organic foods for the whole family.
This popular baby store started their week long Black Friday sale on Monday 23 November and will have specials until Sunday 30 November.
There will be a variety of deals across department, deals will include baby toys, travel systems such as walking rings and many other baby essentials.
For early alerts and the catalogue, shoppers are encouraged to sign up on their newsletter available on the website and visit the Baby Boom social media platforms.
Some of the savings will include savings up to R1000 off on baby strollers, save up to R1500 off on car seats, baby cots and many other travel systems for your baby.
Other deals will include great savings on baby toys, clothes and many other baby essentials. The specials will be available both in store and online while the stocks lasts.
Shoprite will have three days worth of savings starting from the 25 November up until the 27 November.
Most of their savings will require their customers to have the extra savings card that can be registered in their stores any day leading to this sale.
Some of the great deals include saving up to 48% on Pampers nappies where you buy 2 packs of Pampers nappies for only R220 per Jumbo pack, as advertised on TV.
Clicks have great deals leading up to the big day, including the premium pampers nappies for only R189.00 until Wednesday, and more bulk offers across their nappy range, baby foods and baby care products.
A representative told Parent24 that all their customers will be made aware of the specials prior to the big day via emails and on their website.
Customers may save up to 50%, and there will be exclusive in-store deals, and online specials.
Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa will be participating in this year's Black Friday for one day only.
Catherine Jacoby, Head of Marketing at Toys R Us & Babies R Us SA told Parent24 that the Black Friday toys and baby product deals will provide parents the chance to snap up high quality merchandise on a budget, just in time for Christmas.
Moms-to-be can enjoy savings of up to 65% on baby essentials and up to 70% of amazing toy brands.
"Whilst we would love our customers to enjoy our in-store experience, we encourage them to shop online and enjoy the convenience of their items delivered to their home. We have an extensive online product offering and we are currently gearing up our operations in preparation for customer demand," she said.
This year, Toys R Us & Babies R Us SA will prioritise pregnant shoppers, ensuring that they are fast tracked at checkout, recognising the need for expectant moms to shop comfortably.
A great site for maternity bargains, as Superbalist stocks Cherry Melon, Cotton On, edit and Superbalist's own maternity and breastfeeding brands, among many others, so well worth a look this month.
This year the online retailer promises even greater deals as many local and international brands will be on sale.
The store advises that this year people should shop the sales online so that they can maintain social distance and experience the convenience that comes with online shopping, and most importantly be safe from Covid-19 infections.
The countdown for Black Friday specials has already started across Superbalist websites.
Superbalist will also offer major Cyber Monday deals, discounts and specials that are not to be missed out over the entire weekend from the 27th to the 30th of November.
Takealot has been offering Black Friday sales in SA since 2012, so they know what they're doing.
This online retailer is offering daily deals leading up to Black Friday, with thousands of new deals available each week from 2 to 22 November online, with up to 55% discount across departments.
A representative told Parent24 that they can't reveal what will be on sale yet, but that discounts will be similar to their popular Blue Dot sales, and there will be exclusive app-only deals for mobile shoppers.
Baby City has advertised their black friday specials on their facebook and instagram pages. There will be great savings in store only from the 24-29 November while stocks last.
Deals such as saving R150 on Baby Carrier; Room and Bath thermometers from R249,90 and 3-in-1 Rocker napper available in Denim for only R1499,00, check their social media pages for more specials for this Black Friday.
will be having their usual special sales on Friday.
Even though there has not been any communication yet with regards to which deals are on sale this year, customers are assured that they will know once the catalogue is out, and specials will be advertised across their social media accounts.
Toy kingdom is doing their usual three day weekend sale from Black Friday and it offers a good chance to stock up Christmas presents for your children.
The Head of Marketing and Brand at Toy Kingdom told Parent24 to keep an eye on their website, as marked down items will be available in the week leading up to the Friday.
Toy Kingdom also have great deals for kids electronics, arts & crafts and games and puzzles.
The Black Friday at Game will be running for four weeks this year. A catalogue is already available online, and shoppers are invited to keep an eye on the deals as they will change each week.
Due to high order volumes, deliveries can be expected within 7 to 10 working days and shoppers are urged to be patient when it comes to deliveries.
Dis-chem is having a huge sale this year, starting on Monday the 23rd and running until Sunday the 29th of November. Discounts and specials will be available to customer both in-store and online, while stocks last.
Dis-Chem will adhere to Covid-19 shopping protocols and all stores will ensure that social distancing and other standard health and safety measures remain in place.
For the first time Dis-Chem will be including in-store pharmacy and medical specials on items such as wheelchairs, electric wheelchair scooters, walking sticks, oximeters, walkers, blood pressure monitors and glucose test strips.
Dis-chem also have in store offers including amazing deals on wipes, strollers, and nappies, with some Pampers packs at just R159.95 per jumbo pack.
There are also great savings on health, beauty products, and baby care deals exclusively online.
PnP will offer in-store and online exclusive deals again this year.
The retailer is asking their customers to sign up to be alerted ahead of time on which deals will be available this Black Friday.
Their early online exclusive deals start on Friday, 13 November but the online exclusive deals are still top secret for now.
PnP has great savings on Baby Strollers with up to R800 worth of savings, more savings on baby food and health products.
Loot has great savings on baby strollers, wireless video baby monitors, toys, baby cots and more baby goods.
Further easing things for consumers, Loot is also one of the few eCommerce retailers to offer 13 different payment methods and through its partners, the opportunity for consumers to lay-buy their purchases.
Checkers are also keeping their information about Black Friday a top secret for this year, but have revealed that electronics, appliances and even food will be marked down.
The website promises Black Friday sales followed by the Cyber Monday special deals, so keep an eye on the site.
There are some great savings on Pampers jumbo packs now at only R150,00 valid 23 to 24 November when you have the extra savings card.
This year Makro's Black Friday sales runs from 2 to 29 November, with new deals every week.
Makro told Parent24 that the specials in the Black Friday catalogue will also be available in stores, so visit their website every week to see the new deals until 29 November.
Makro assures us that they are committed to the safety of their customers and staff, all stores are deep cleaned regularly and they will maintain their already existing preventative measures for shoppers.
Before you go nuts and blow your Christmas savings, make sure you really need the items you're eyeing.
If you're stocking up for the year ahead go for non-perishable items, and also check the retailers return policy to be sure you can return any items you realise you don't actually need.
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