Skip the queues; get the shoes

The crazy Black Friday shopping rush has arrived in South Africa once again! Black Friday, which originated in the US, usually happens the day after Thanksgiving. On the day consumers lose their minds and blow their savings. The mall becomes a playground where adults swing from one shop to another in search of the lowest prices. Shoppers face bullying, endless queues and empty shelves. But why deal with all this childish bull when you can crawl the net and shop online instead?


Let’s not waste any more valuable shopping time. These 10 online shops will turn Black Friday into FriYAY!


1.    Pamper your pooch

ePETstore is this beloved country’s largest online pet store. You can buy toys, collars, accessories and food on this wild site. Your pooch will look cute as fudge with his snazzy collar and Adidas Doggie Hillfigher Hoodie. They’re giving a PURRfect 20% off selected foods, litter and healthcare products. Spoil your furry-friends this Black Friday.

2.    Cut prices for your car

As we roll towards the holiday season there’s every reason to get new shoes… for the freeway. If your tyres are tired, your treads are too thin or your spare isn’t there, Hi-Q is offering ‘today-only’ Black Friday discounts on stock and service to help you make sure you’re properly shod for the next road trip. Get new tires with a few clicks and have them fitted for less.


3.    Be well and buy well

Well, well, what do you know? The nation’s favourite, proudly South African health, wellness and lifestyle chain, Wellness Warehouse, offers you more online on Black Friday. Happy clicking, holistic shoppers! Remember the sunscreen with your gluten-free, organic banting breakfast cereal.


4.    Huge choice, huge savings

Who doesn’t love to be spoilt? offers convenient e-shopping with a wide range of products. You’ll find electronics, books, beauty products and other cool must-haves with crazy specials.  Skullcandy Headphones have had R200 skinned off them which is useful for those times when your neighbours party till 3 in the morning


5.    Tweak your wardrobe

Listen up fashionistas! is South Africa’s biggest online fashion store where you’ll find more than the (boring) little black dress. It’s got men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing, shoes and accessories for great prices and stylish appearances. Zando offers up to 80% sales on Black Friday. All ladies’ sandals are R99. The sandies will look great with your summer dresses and golden tan.


6. Get the look for less

Spree will make you go “squee!” They’re all over Black Friday like freckles on Adwoa Aboah and you’ll struggle not to get excited by what they’ve got.  Kit yourself out for a summer of style with their dedicated savings and remember their #fastestfingersfirst warning: you may be browsing calmly online while everyone queues IRL but you ain’t got it till you pays for it. Go directly to checkout. Do not check Facebook. Do not Instagram this moment. Do it when you have the metallic platform heels ON.


7.    Buy more; pay less

You’ll find anything and everything at Makro (even things you don’t need, but must have). It’s like a giant treasure chest filled with electronics, homeware, gadgets and other tools and useful things. Makro delivers nationwide, and free to other Makro stores.  The best part is they’re extending Black Friday over five days. Idea: how about a mini coffee machine for R699 to get you through the day?

8.    Change the scenery

The stylish ecommerce site,, is like a shopping makeover for décor-lovers. It stocks all the home décor, bedding and furniture your inner designer could desire. Get bargains this Black Friday and save up to 70% on luxurious linen and décor. You’ll need the extra bedding for those large family gatherings this festive season.

9.    An Auction for Anything

Click or tap? Bid or Buy’s got your back whether you’re on mobile or laptop and itchy to grab a deal.  For one day, the country’s favourite peer-to-peer market is shredding prices by up to 70%.  Get a new car, an end-of-year outfit or rare coins and antiques and, to be honest, anything else you might like, and you may even be able to Name Your Price.


10.  Fitness lightweight no more

Preparing your gorgeous summer bod to show off at the beach and/or half-clad braai? Treat yourself on Black Friday no matter where you are in your fitness regime. Fitness Network will kit you out with reduce-price dumbbells, spin bikes, treadmills and rowing machines. Not only do you not need to leave the house to grab this special, you’ll never need to leave the house again! Just kidding. You need to walk the dogs. Run. Run the dogs.


What more? Say, “enkosi, America” and have an amazing e-tail experience.  Remember, online stock also run out. Don’t wait until the end of the day before you get clicking. If you like it, add it to your cart and KaChing it! Have more than one credit/debit card handy, because payment portals can crash or freeze under pressure. Many online stores offer multiple ways to pay including debit/credit EFT, Instant EFT (not the same thing), Bitcoin (it’s a thing. Now.), Snapscan, eBucks, COD (Cash On Delivery), Paypal, Payfast, Mobicred, i-Pay and Zapper. Sjoe! Nou toe?

Ready, click shop save!

Oh, and BTW doesn’t have Black Friday specials because we make every day a Black Friday with Name Your Price Insurance.