US shoppers made more purchases online on Black Friday than in the mall – hurting traffic and sales at brick-and-mortar stores, according to data that offered a glimpse into what is still one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The frenzy associated with Black Friday shopping was missing this year as US retailers offered earlier discounts and more consumers shopped online, though spot checks around the country showed traffic picked up after a sluggish morning.
The Black Friday shopping spree has provided scores of unemployed youths in Pretoria the opportunity to earn some money. Various shops in the Menlyn Shopping Mall brought in casual workers to assist this weekend.
KwaZulu-Natal police are urging shoppers to be vigilant when visiting shopping malls and stores on Black Friday.
Black Friday has turned blue for some shoppers at Canal Walk as they clamoured to enter the Game Store this morning, breaking a glass door at the entrance.
Shops are open across the country as people race to get to special products on Black Friday.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Free State has discouraged consumers from going out and spending their hard earned money on Black Friday.
South African consumers have been advised to spend with caution and make wise decisions as they prepare to shop for big sales on Black Friday next week.
Consumers are being warned against falling into a debt trap as festive season shopping kicks off at the end of the month.
Thousands of shoppers have flocked to malls in Johannesburg and other cities since midnight to take advantage of this year’s Black Friday specials.