Fire up your credit cards and open a million browser tabs – it’s almost time for Black Friday! With Christmas well on its way, Black Friday and Marie Claire are here to make gift-giving easy and affordable. Here are our pro tips for a successful shopping experience, as well as an A to Z of shops all over the country that are offering discounts tomorrow.

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Pro tips for successful Black Friday shopping:

  1. Start filling your online carts the day before (we have).
  2. Ensure you are registered with all the sites you plan to use.
  3. Type out your banking details in a Word document for an easy copy-and-paste job.
  4. Know in advance exactly what you want to buy, jot those items down and prioritize them to avoid disappointment. You can copy and paste those links into a Word document too.
  5. If you have a friend you trust who is not interested in the whole Black Friday concept, get them to help you. Two computers/phones are better than one.
  6. Purchase data before the sales start.
  7. Most places will be running discounts all through the weekend, so don’t despair if you cannot physically get to a store on time.
  8. Don’t find yourself in bumper to bumper traffic, trying to use your phone to get a deal. Get to work early.
  9. Type out a Christmas list with the names of people you need to buy gifts for. If you come across something perfect at an amazing price, buy it and tick them off the list.

The MC A–Z of Shops With Major Discounts (online and in-store)

All of the below stores are offering massive discounts. At some, Black Friday deals are already up and running. We trawled the Internet to put this together (did we mention that we’re obsessed with shopping).

American Swiss

50% off selected Jewellery and watches

Arthur Kaplan

Up to 50% off diamonds with more deals to be revealed


Body Shop

Early Black Friday deals for club members


Up to 50% off


Cotton On

Up to 75% off




Up to 70% off


3 days of specials

Forever New


10 days of deals

Hifi Corp

Pre-black Friday deals available


5 days of deals

Mr Price

7 days of deals

Pick n Pay

Up to 50% off


Up to 50% off




3 days of deals


Up to 50% off this week


up to 90% off

Happy shopping!