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Interested in 2016’s Black Friday deals? Follow this year’s rolling coverage of all the tech deals and bargains.
We will be updating this article throughout the day to reflect new and interesting specials from different stores. If you have any tips or information on Black Friday sales, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update 1: We’ve added Loot as well as some of the Xbox store sale titles. Update 2: Takealot, Wootware were updated, while Incredible Connection’s specials were added. Update 3: Raru’s second batch of sale items were added, HiFi Corp’s specials were updated. Update 4: We’ve added the Sony PlayStation store’s deals. Update 5: Raru’s third batch of sale items have been added, including Incredible Connection’s new 10% off deal. Update 6: Raru’s fourth batch of items have been added. Update 7: Raru’s fifth batch of items have been added.
Update 8: Raru’s sixth and final list of items has been added.
It’s that time of the year again, when South Africans adopt another American tradition. Although turkey-nibbling is usually reserved for Christmas Day in sunny South Africa, Black Friday is definitively earmarked as the day after Thanksgiving across the world. Its retailers’ way of showing consumers thanks for the lucrative year that has been, and subsequently drops the prices of some of the most wanted items available.
With respect to your interest for half-price dog beds and patio tables, as far as we’re concerned, we’re only really interested in the tech.
So, what can we expect from some of South Africa’s prominent retailers across the big bad world and the world wide web?
Tips and advice
Keep locked to Gearburn’s coverage of the Black Friday South Africa deals, and Cyber Week specials as they evolve over the next few days. But before you embark on the great sale, here are a few tips:
- Make sure your PC, web browsers and, and internet security software is up to date.
- If possible, make sure you’re pay via credit or cheque card. Many online stores won’t offer instant EFT and will only process them once they reflect in their bank account.
- If you bank offers 3D Secure on your card then make sure it’s correctly setup.
- Make sure your TV licence is valid and on hand.
- If possible, know what you want to purchase or achieve before hand. The longer you delay the purchase the greater the chance of it selling out.
If you’ve checked all of those off your list, all we can say is “let’s go shopping.”
Local retailer Dion Wired will also boast Black Friday specials online only. The company has a dedicated portal for those visiting via digital devices, with up to 50% off products quoted. All specials are limited to one per customer. Specials will begin at midnight on 27 November, but there’s no word on when they’ll end.
Local distributor Esquire resisted dubbing its deals celebration a Black Friday, but rather going for a Rainbow Week approach. This effectively means that the company’s unveiling specials throughout the week.
There are two issues though: the specials are only available for those who can get to Midrand, and the company notes that all deals are “strictly [cash on delivery] COD.”
Still, it’s hard to look beyond a 23.8-inch AOC monitor for R1699.
Have a look at the company’s other specials here.
Well, First Shop pretty much jumped the gun on this one, beginning its Black Friday sales at the beginning of this week, which will run until 1 December.
And there are some great specials, including the Intel Core i5-6600K desktop CPU for R3399, a 16GB (4x4GB) pack of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400MHz RAM for R2031, and the Acer Chromebook C730 for R3199.
More specials can be eyed here.
Update: The specials have been live since midnight, and feature some interesting deals, most notably a 500GB Seagate external USB 3.0 drive for R599, and a Sinotec 32-inch HD Ready LCD TV for R1999. Have a look at the complete list of specials here.
You friendly neighbourhood HiFi Corp is offering consumers up to 85% off on selected merchandise, but isn’t giving away much else at this stage.
Save up to 85% on selected electronic brands for One Day Only, 27 Nov 2015. Offer valid Online Only. T & Cs apply. pic.twitter.com/8OQuGDCdlJ
— HiFi Corp (@hificorp) November 25, 2015
Update: Incredible Connection announced that everything on its site will go for 10% less, until 2pm, 27 November 2015. See the tweet below.
Take 10% off everything, ex. already discounted items.Only until 2PM.Use #YOLO checkout.T&Cs https://t.co/xDLV52bb2Z pic.twitter.com/avjhteCRdG — IncredibleConnection (@IncConnection) November 27, 2015
Finally, after the site was down for much of the night, Incredible Connection is up and ready for business. Some of the specials listed includes a Samsung 23.8-inch curved monitor for R2999, a Nikon D7000 body for R6999 and an iPad mini 4 16GB 3G/WiFi for R8999.
Have a look at all the specials here.
The iStore, along with making the iPad Pro available tomorrow, has also announced plans to host a bevy of Black Friday specials in store. And we should reiterate: these specials are only available in store, and not digitally.
Specials include price drops on the iPhone 6S, the previous generation iPads and reduced prices on LaCie and Griffin accessories in store.
Have a look at all the specials available here.
Local online retailer Loot has joined in with the Black Friday deals by offering up to 80% off 100s of different products. According to the email from Loot, all pricing is valid until 30 November and while stocks last.
Some of the specials:
- Acer Liquid Z4″ Smartphone (Android 4.2)(4GB)(Black) | Normally R1259 | On sale for R659
- Samsung UA46EH6030 46” 3D Full HD LED TV | Normally R8499 | On sale for R5699
- Seagate Backup Plus Slim 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive (3TB)(USB 3.0) | Normally R2099 | On sale for R1699
- Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8″ Atom Tablet – Intel Atom Z3745, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, Android 4.4 | Normally R5499 | On sale for R4699
- Puma Alliance In-Ear Headphones | Normally R299 | On sale for R99
You can view all of the Loot Black Friday sales here, but be aware the website is experiencing problems.
Raru will be offering some Black Friday goodies up to 70% off, but electronics and video games will be 20-24% off. These specials will begin showing on the site from 7am on 27 November 2015 and will refresh in a rolling fashion every three hours until 10pm.
We’ll be sure to trickle the deals along throughout the day, updating the article as Raru releases new products. For now, diarise the times below:
Batch 1: 7am – 10am:
- ASUS FonePad 7 3G 1GB RAM 8GB eMMC Storage – White | Normally R1760 | On sale for R1299
- Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Nick Fury | Normally R152 | On sale for R99
- Fallout Anthology (PC) | Normally R429 | On sale for R249
- Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 970 OC WF3 Edition 4096MB Graphics Card | Normally R6783 | On sale for R5499
- Hisense 50 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Wi-Fi LED TV | Normally R10899 | On sale for R8399
- Samsung HT-J4500 Blu-ray Home Cinema System + 5 Blu-Rays | Normally R3999 | On sale for R3499
- Samsung NX300 Twin Lens Bundle – Brown | Normally R8618 | On sale for R5199
- Steelseries Siberia V3 Prism Headset + Sensei Mouse + Apex Keyboard + QcK XXL Mousepad | Normally R4999 | On sale for R3799
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone (PC) | Normally R319 | On sale for R199
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone (PS4) | Normally R319 | On sale for R199
- Xbox One 1TB Console + Halo 5 + Titanfall + Gears of War + Rare Replay + Ori and The Blind Forest (DLT) + Extra Wireless Controller | Normally R9699 | On sale for R7999
- Xbox One Accessory Bundle + Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (Xbox One) | Normally R1999 | On sale for R1399
- Xbox One Wireless Controller + Play & Charge Kit + Xbox One Chatpad | Normally R1899 | On sale for R1499
Batch 2: 10am – 12pm:
- Samsung Smart WB1100F Camera – Black | Normally R2289 | On sale for R1499
- Kingston Technology HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Gaming Headset – Red | Normally R1671 | On sale for R1249
- PS4 1TB Console + Star Wars Battlefront | Normally R6999 | On sale for R5499
- PS4 Dual Shock 4 + Black Wireless Headset + PS TV | Normally R3299 | On sale for R1899
- PS4 Accessory Bundle + Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PS4) | Normally R2499 | On sale for R1699
- Samsung Series 6 48 inch HD Curved Smart TV | Normally R13599 | On sale for R10599
- Samsung BD-J5500 Curved 3D Blu-Ray Player + 5 Blu-Rays | Normally R2499 | On sale for R1999
Batch 3: 12pm – 2pm:
- Benq 24 inch LED Monitor – Full HD 144Hz | Normally 7288 | On sale for 5999
- Thrustmaster Dual Analog PC Controller + USB Joystick | Normally 659 | On sale for 449
- PS Vita Console + Lego Mega Pack | Normally 2999 | On sale for 2299
- Gamecube Controller Adapter + Gamecube Controller Super Smash Bros Edition | Normally 799 | On sale for 549
- FIFA 16 | Normally 864 | On sale for 499
Batch 4: 2pm – 3.30pm
- Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Green Goblin | Normally 152 | On sale for 99
- Samsung Galaxy CG-200 Android Camera – Black | Normally 4440 | On sale for 2699
- Razer Gaming bundle (DeathStalker Keyboard + Naga Mouse+ Kraken Pro Neon Green Headset) | Normally 5999 | On sale for 4399
- Captain Toad + Toad Amiibo | Normally 588 | On sale for 429
- Wii U Console + Mario Kart 8 + Splatoon + Captain Toad + Donkey King Country: Tropical Freeze | Normally 6299 | On sale for 5299
Batch 5: 3.30pm – 5pm
- Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Iron Fist | Normally R152 | On sale for R99
- Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless Gaming Headset – Yellow | Normally R1866 | On sale for R1599
- Destiny: The Taken King (PS4) | Normally R797 | On sale for R499
- Mario Party 10 + Mario Amiibo | Normally R588 | On sale for R429
- Destiny: The Taken King (Xbox One) | Normally R797 | On sale for R499
Batch 6: 7pm – 10pm
- New 3DS White Console + Super Smash Bros + Yoshi Amiibo + Luigi Cover Plate | Normally 3999 | On sale for 3299
- Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Hawkeye | Normally 152 | On sale for 99
- Samsung NX300 Twin Lens Bundle – Black | Normally 8618 | On sale for 5399
- Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX 960 OC Edition 4GB Graphics Card | Normally 4205 | On sale for 3499
- Wii U Console + Mario Kart 8 + Splatoon + Mario Maker + Artbook | Normally 5999 | On sale for 4999
Supplier of all things gaming, Rebeltech’s also offering uses a Black Friday sale, but isn’t revealing much else.
We can expect a few graphics cards, storage drives and perhaps the odd motherboard to go on sale as well, but be sure to have the site bookmarked.
Sony is holding their own Black Friday Sale for select PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita titles. Some of these have additional savings for PS+ members.
- inFAMOUS First Light [PS4] | Normally R218 | On sale for R87.20
- Dragon Age Inquisition [PS4] | Normally R369 | On sale for R221.40
- Borderlands: The Handsome Collection [PS4] | Normally R749 | On sale for R299.60
- LA Noire Complete Edition [PS3] | Normally R589 | On sale for R117.80
- Battlefield Hardline [PS3] | Normally R299 | On sale for R179.40
- Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition [PS3] | Normally R499 | On sale for R249.50
- Assassin’s Creed III Liberation [PS Vita] | Normally R299 | On sale for R89.70
- GTA Chinatown Wars [PS Vita] | Normally R229 | On sale for R57.25
All of these and more are available through the PlayStation SA digital store.
Update: The current Daily Deals update includes the likes of the Proline A933L 32GB Windows 10 tablet for R1999 (review), and a PLAYview 1080p Real 3D projector for R4999. Check out today’s deals here.
The perennial specials king, Takealot hasn’t been revealing too much about its Black Friday ambitions, but we can almost bet that it’ll be offering something interesting. Currently, the site has two concurrent special streams — The Motherload, and the usual Daily Deals.
We’ll update with more news as soon as we get it, but we suggest that you keep an eagle eye on it too.
Update: Live since 12am today, Wootware’s Black Friday specials include a 5TB WD Red NAS hard drive for R2499, Microsoft Windows 10 Professional R2279, and the Antec HCG-850M 80 PLUS power supply for R1599. Take a look at the other hardware specials here.
WootWare, one of the best places in SA to shop for fragments of your next computer, has been counting down to Black Friday for about two weeks now. The specials begin at midnight, 27 November 2015, with the site should offer some interesting specials on components, including SSDs, processors and graphics cards.
Some interesting deals as seen on the company’s latest newsletter include the PowerColor Radeon R9 Nano 4GB GPU for R8999, the Sapphire R9 Fury X 4GB for R10 499 and the Galax GTX 950 EXOC 2GB for R2799. We unfortunately don’t have links to these deals just yet.
WootWare’s also celebrating the deals with the hashtag #WootUpYourLife, so following the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter might be a good way to stay in the sales announcement loop too.
Hell, even the Xbox Store is getting involved. Price cuts of up to 60% are being lined up for around 150 titles. We not too sure which titles will be made available for a South African audience, but the special has been abound since 20 November.
Some of the titles on sale:
- Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) [Xbox One] | Normally R249 | On sale for R186.75
- Metro Redux Bundle [Xbox One] | Normally R249 | On sale for R149.40
- Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) [Xbox One] | Normally R199 | On sale for R79.60
- Bully Scholarship Edition [Xbox 360] | R37.25 Gold price
- BioShock [Xbox 360] | R42.25 Gold price
- L.A. Noire [Xbox 360] | R99.75 Gold price
You can view all of the Xbox Black Friday deals here.
Feature image: Elliott Brown via Flickr