South Africa’s largest online marketplace with auctions and fixed price sales. Launched in August 1999, bidorbuy.co.za was the original South African online auction site modeled after the likes of e-Bay. Today, it is a massive online marketplace that brings buyers and sellers together to trade almost anything through online auctions and fixed price sales. What sets bidorbuy apart is the sheer volume and range of goods listed. There are 33 categories including electronics, arts and crafts, cars, clothing, property, games, gardens, hobbies, health etc. The majority of goods sold on bidorbuy are new items, as opposed to second-hand goods. The ratio of fixed price listings relative to auction listings is on the increase. bidorbuy has millions of shoppers bidding, buying and making offers to thousands of sellers via 24/7 through the website, mobi site and bidorbuy mobile ap.
Keeping South Africa’s youth “in” with the latest and coolest trends and style advice. Founded as Citymob in November 2010, Superbalist was relaunched in November 2013 as an online style destination for young South Africans. Superbalist then caught the attention of online retail giant Takealot, who acquired the website in August 2014. Like most of the biggest online retailers in the country, Superbalist is based in the Mother City. Superbalist styles itself as a South African youth culture online fashion destination with a lineup of the best brands in apartment and women’s and men’s fashion. Superbalist lists the latest and coolest sneakers, dresses, accessories, denim, shoes, homeware and gadgets from over 500 brands.
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.
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.
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.
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.