Exclusive Books – SA’s largest bookselling chain online

Exclusive Books opened their first bricks-and-mortar shop in King George Street in Johannesburg in 1951. Now Exclusive Books has 38 South African stores, 1 in Botswana and since 1999, an online shop (which has evolved as online shopping has changed). You can lose hours browsing the physical stores and to make them even more awesome, they have added coffee shops to some of their stores. Alternatively you can try browsing in the online store. Here you will find the range of books you expect at Exclusive, as well as ebooks, music, films, games, gifts and stationary, corporate gifts and electronics.

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Picodi – Get coupon and voucher bargains in one place

Promo Codes and deals for SA’s Online Stores. Picodi.co.za is a coupon code platform and is part of Poland based International Coupons which is the second largest discount platform in the world, with a presence in 26 countries. The aim of Picodi is to help online shoppers find the best deals using online coupon/voucher codes. Most online stores offer discount codes to their clients. Using such codes allows you to purchase items at significantly lower prices. Usually the bigger the purchase, the bigger your savings. Not all codes apply to the price of a product. Some provide other benefits like gifts or a free delivery. Using them you avoid extra costs and this his can lead to significant savings when shopping online.

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Spree – Find your own fashion style with magazine styled shopping

Visit Spree to shop your favourite styles and have them delivered to your door. Launched in April 2013 Spree.co.za (part of Media24’s e-commerce division) is a leading online fashion retailer and the first online shop to offer a magazine-styled shopping experience. Spree has an entire spectrum of clothing, accessories and footwear for ladies, men, kids and babies from local designers and suppliers as well as international brands and labels. Spree has an elegant design style that inspires shoppers through fashion storytelling and style advice expressed across the shopping platform, editorial images, their digital magazine, lookbooks, features and daily newsletters.  Spree offers an easy-to-use shopping experience on the web, mobile web and in the Spree app.

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Wantitall – Overseas items imported and brought to your doorstep

Wantitall has over 14 million items it is able to import from the USA. Wantitall has been online for 10 years, and specializes in sourcing products that are hard to find locally. They claim to be able to import over 14 million items from the USA, which they are then able to deliver to your door. Wantitall has an impressive list of items it can source including DVD’s, Electronics, Jewellery, Music, PC Hardware, Photography, Toys, Video Games, Watches, Camera’s, Memory, Computer graphics cards, Computer RAM, Hard disks, Motherboards, Car parts, Motorbike helmets, Motorbike gloves, Horse saddles, Microphones, Radio controlled cars, Men’s shoes, Woman’s shoes, Bags, Apparel, Clothing, Books, Compact disks, Hi-fi equipment, Vitamins, Baby items, Victoria Secret items, Perfumes, Video Games, Health Products, Bedding, Furniture, Home improvement items, Outdoor living items, Scientific gear and Kitchen goods.

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Loot – Selling since 2003

Loot is one of South Africa’s oldest online shopping destinations. Online Retailer Loot.co.za first went online in 2003 making it one of the countries oldest online shopping portals. This longevity has made Loot one of the top online stores in South Africa along with Takealot and Wantitall (all with bases in Cape Town). These three are established online retailers in South Africa and cover much of the same ground. This means it is useful to shop all three, or to use  a price comparison site like Pricecheck when researching a product. Loot has a catalog of over 10 million products comprising books, DVD’s, Blu-Ray, games, music, computers, electronics, toys, baby, wine, kitchen and home, stationery and office, arts and crafts and outdoor.

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Debonaires – Something amazing now online

Order online with Debonaires Pizza. Debonairs Pizza is part of was established in 1991 by two university students in Pietermaritzburg. Debonairs was then acquired in 1996 by Famous Brands (which also owns Wimpy, Mugg & Bean, House of Coffees, Steers, Fishaways, Milky Lane and a bunch of others) giving it access to the best support system available in the fast food franchising industry in South Africa. As far as I can see, Debonaires is the only pizza franchise that allows you to order using the website or with the Debonaires mobile app. The idea of ordering a pizza online is pretty intriguing, and Debonaires has executed it perfectly.

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Zando – Find your favourite fashion online

Visit Zando if you are looking for choice, convenience and fashion that is on trend. Based in Cape Town, Online fashion retailer Zando launched in January 2012 with over 200 local and international fashion brands. Zando has kept growing and is now the most comprehensive online international and local fashion brands retailer in South Africa. Zando is part of the Africa Internet Group (AIG), with investors such as Rocket Internet AG, Milicom and MTN. Zando has a large range for men, women and children with categories including shoes, clothing, maternity, accessories, sports, grooming, home-ware and decor. This range covers top local and international brands like Nike, Puma, Soviet and Bronx. These are only a few examples and there is a huge brands index page on the site where you can immediately find the brand you are looking for.

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PriceCheck – Compare prices before buying

PriceCheck is a service that allows you to compare the prices of  millions of products, in thousands of categories, from hundreds of South African shops. Pricecheck has been around since 2006 and is a website as well as an award winning app, that allows you to compare prices of any particular item across any of the merchants registered with PriceCheck. PriceCheck joined the Naspers group in 2010 and is South Africa’s leading price comparison service. PriceCheck has also branched out to Nigeria. The PriceCheck mobile app is very useful as it allows you to scan the bar-code of a product in shop and search PriceCheck for the price, reviews, store and location information.

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Takealot – South Africa’s biggest e-commerce platform

Visit Takealot first when you are shopping online. Takealot has been around for some years as Take2, before it was acquired and re-branded in 2011 by US hedge fund Tiger Global. In 2014 Tiger Global bought Mr. Delivery giving them their own logistics network, as well as the fashion website Superbalist.com. In 2015 Takealot merged with the Kalahari, the oldest online store in South Africa, and in April 2017 Naspers signed an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Takealot for approximately R960 million. Takealot is currently the biggest e-commerce platform in South Africa with 19 categories including Home, Garden, Pool & Patio, Camping & Outdoor, Office & Stationery, Luggage & Travel, Health & Beauty, Pets, Sport, Home & Kitchen, Baby & Toddler, Computers, Cameras, TV, Audio & Video, Cellular & GPS, Movies, Gaming, Books, Music, Toys and Fashion, with over 9 million products listed.

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Mantality – The online shop for the urban man

Mantality is South Africa’s only online shop exclusively for men. Mantality has been around since 2008 as an online store aimed exclusively at men and features 1000s of gadgets and products to keep men in a kind of “man bliss”. They are also regularly featured in some of South Africa’s top print magazines like NAG, Men’s Health, FHM, Popular Mechanics, GQ, Stuff and TechSmart. Categories include Gadgets, Technology, Mobile, Electronics (get your drone here), Gaming, Grooming (including fragrances and hair care), Health, Sex, Style and Stuff.

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