May 17, 2021
South Africans love online shopping websites more than ever. In fact, according to Worldwide Worx, online retail in the country has more than doubled over the past two years. Of course, this makes sense since this was during the global pandemic when many people could not physically go to the shops. Still, even years later, online shopping in South Africa shows no signs of slowing down.
From cheap websites to shopping online to more premium brands, here are our favourite websites to buy anything from gifts, groceries, technology, homeware, clothing, and more.
There are many different online shopping websites to choose from across almost every imaginable category in South Africa. Some online stores deliver to more areas than others, which could be a deciding factor when making your next online purchase, especially for those living in rural areas.
"Best" or "top" are subjective terms, and we couldn't list every excellent online shopping website. However, from the many online shopping websites available, here are the top local online stores in no particular order.
Takealot.com is arguably South Africa’s most popular eCommerce online shopping website, and this site offers almost anything from baby products to TVs. The company refers to itself as “SA’s best online marketplace platform”, which sells goods to over 1.8 million people.
Getting your purchases is also easy because Takealot offers free shipping on orders over R450. You can also pick up your order at one of their many collection points around the country. Not happy with what you got? No problem! The company accepts returns up to 30 days after you make your purchase.There are daily and other seasonal deals, such as Black Friday, to take advantage of on this online store.
Makro.co.za is in the same category as Takelot.com, except that it also offers a business-to-business online store. Its many physical stores across the country are famous for their bulk product deals, electronics and more.
Makro has a 14-day return policy if you're unsatisfied with your products. Orders can either be collected in-store or at one of their collection lockers. Or you can also get it delivered, with the fees calculated based on the weight of your purchase and the distance travelled by the respective delivery vehicle to drop your order at your destination.
When it comes to fashion online retailers, Superbalist is a great choice featuring the latest fashion for women and men, including accessories, clothing and shoes. Superbalist.com also sells children’s fashion items, sports apparel, beauty products and home décor products. They have really trendy pieces for all ages. Plus, you get R250 off your first purchase!
Takelot.com now owns this online clothing store, so it offers the same free delivery for orders of R450 or more, a pick-up/collection option, and a 30-day return policy.
Mr Price, or MRP for short, is an online fashion store famous for its wide range of affordable clothing that caters to the whole family. Mrp.com sells online clothes, accessories, beauty products and more, which have come with a 30-day return policy.
Deliveries for purchases from MRP for over R350 are free. They also have an online Mr Price Home store.
All major South African supermarkets or retail companies, like Woolworths, also have online stores. Woolworths offers a wide range of high-quality products, including beauty products, accessories, clothing, and food, and is one of the most popular home online shopping websites.
Woolworths is one of the online shopping sites that offer first-time shoppers free delivery with their first purchase. This retailer selling luxury items also has a 60-day return policy.
This online grocery shopping website and app has boomed. While other stores have introduced similar concepts, Checkers Sixty60 still largely dominates the grocery online shopping market.
With an easy-to-navigate app and the promise of getting your order within the hour, Checkers Sixty60 has made South Africans’ lives much more convenient.
OneDayOnly showcases South Africa’s top daily deals with a time limit on each one. Many South Africans log on daily to see what new specials await on that day, ranging across multiple categories. Their promise to shoppers is to present new great deals daily with discounts of up to 80% off and featuring a wide variety of products.
Then, towards the end of every month, they bring back all the top deals from that month for one more day.
Want a gift for the person who has it all? Look no further than Yuppiechef! They have a wide selection of nifty and interesting kitchen gadgets and home decor that make the perfect addition to your home or as a gift.
Yuppiechef started as an online store only, but they have recently also opened physical stores in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. They also offer free delivery for orders over R450 in South Africa.
Whatever the occasion might be, NetFlorist has the perfect flower bouquet and gift for you. From personalised gowns and slippers to biltong and beer gift kits, there’s something for everyone. Netflorist will deliver your gift to the person you’re sending it to. They even offer a same-day delivery option (terms and conditions apply).
Cotton On is another great online shopping site if you’re looking for clothing for women, men and kids. They also have some great small and big gifts, from deliciously scented candles to personalised merchandise and more. They offer free delivery for orders over R500, and you can also collect your order at selected stores.
As with everything in life, please read the fine print before shopping online to avoid surprises.
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