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Black Friday: Large crowds, queues & price cuts

Black Friday fever will sweep through South Africa today with thousands of shoppers expected to take advantage.

Checkers at N1 City is packed. Shoppers are standing in very long queues and already out of trolleys. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Black Friday fever will sweep through South Africa today with thousands of shoppers expected to take advantage of massive price cuts.

They'll have to brave large crowds and long queues which are expected at shopping malls across the city.

The pre-Christmas sale event, traditionally an American phenomenon, is celebrated after Thanksgiving.

But it's become popular in South Africa here over the past few years.

Some retailers say among this year's hot ticket items are technological gadgets.

But PriceCheck's Kevin Tucker advises consumers to be cautious.

“Some merchants might inflate the ‘was’ price so that the ‘now’ price looks better. So do your research beforehand and make sure the retailer is reputable, and that return policies are the same as they normally are, warrantees are the same as they normally are and that return policies are fair.”

ONLINE SHOPPERS WARNED

Customer experience manager Heino Gevers says online shoppers should also be wary of potential cyber scams today.

Major retailers have been using social media and other forms of advertising to publicise their bargains.

Gevers has warned that an increase in such cyber activity also increases the chances of scammers to take opportunities.

“You will receive an email and it looks as if it is coming from one of the shopping centres or online stores you make regular use of and they will have the link and when you click on it, it will take you to a particular site and ask you to essentially type in information and then they have access to your details.”

People have taken to social media to share their #BlackFriday experiences:

(Edited by Neo Koza)

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