Black Friday might be a consumer holiday that’s busy taking off here in South Africa, but compared to the USA (the inventors of the Black Friday shopping mega-event), we’re still finding our feet in terms of pulling it off with equivalent effect.
Obviously, shopping online and Black Friday go together like peanut butter and jam, but shopping online can come with a few little annoyances that can prevent you from taking advantage and getting some serious of deals.
The biggest issue when it comes to online shopping, particularly internationally, is how the shipping process works depending on the retailer you’re buying from. South Africa isn’t the most common shipping destination, so if a retailer ships here, it might be prohibitively expensive, and in some cases, they don’t actually list South Africa as a potential destination at all.
That could theoretically throw a spanner into the works and put a cloud over our Black Friday shopping exploits – but Postbox Courier is here to save the day. If you find an amazing deal but the site doesn’t ship to South Africa, don’t fret; PostBox Courier has you covered. They offer an aggregated shipping service that’ll get you anything from all the retail hubs all over the world, shipped directly to your door.
So how does it work exactly? Using the service is super simple – you simply visit the Postbox Courier website and register. Registering is FREE, quick and easy and once you’ve registered you’ll get your very own delivery address in the US, UK, Hong Kong, and Australia.
Then, when it comes time to shop all you need to do is have your goods delivered to your assigned address, and Postbox Courier will then make sure it gets to your door in SA!
Check out their amazing service here and get shopping!
But, when it comes to which retailers are historically the best to keep an eye on, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest Black Friday participators:
Jeff Bezos’s retail brainchild Amazon takes the cake in terms of range, and also doesn’t skimp when it comes to slashing prices. If something has been manufactured in almost any retail department, there’s a very good likelihood that it’s somewhere in Amazon’s warehouses. They love Black Friday so much they’ve even got early Black Friday deals already going!
Well, eBay isn’t exactly a traditional online retailer, it’s more of a marketplace – but it’s a very important marketplace for anyone with niche hobbies or interests. If you’re a collector of anything vintage or a little off the beaten path, eBay is the best collection of international companies and individuals selling whatever it is you might be looking for.
Best Buy is a US electronics megastore that carries a huge range of gadgets and almost any electronic device you could imagine. While some of what they carry will overlap with Amazon, their sale prices might go even lower than others’ on specific devices due to the fact that Best Buy specialises in electronics. They’re even showing their Black Friday deals in advance here and seeing savings well over 50% is the norm not the exception!
Postbox Courier, a South African service run by South Africans for South Africans, is the magic tunnel, of sorts, to grant us access to anything and everything formerly unavailable in SA!
So how does it work exactly? Using the service is super simple – you simply visit the Postbox Courier website and register. Registering is FREE, quick and easy and once you’ve registered you’ll get your very own delivery address in the US, UK, Hong Kong, and Australia. Then, when it comes time to shop all you need to do is have your goods delivered to your most appropriate address.