1. Find the factory stores
Pam Black, author of The A-Z Of Factory Shops In The Western Cape (Pam Black Publications), says goods on sale at factory shops are usually cancelled orders, overruns, samples and rejects. ‘You could get 30% to 50% off some big-name brands, and if you visit a factory shop when it’s having a sale, the savings can be far higher.’ Visit www.factoryshops.co.za.
2. Don’t forget about food
Remember, you’ll also find factory shops selling food. ‘Take a cool box,’ advises Black. ‘Many factories supplying leading retailers have opened factory shops where you can find products at greatly reduced prices. Some sell items such as muffins, biscuits and rusks, sometimes at half the retail price.’
3. Get a loyalty card
All business-owners want your return business, so even small outlets like beauty salons and CD stores have instituted loyalty cards where you are rewarded in some way. Clicks and Dis-Chem have them. Pick n Pay customer-care consultant Henry Smith says the company’s Smart Shopper programme gives you back one point for every one rand you spend. Holders of Woolworths store, credit, Difference or MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cards will get up to 20% off on various items, including groceries, clothing and homeware.
4. Get sale-savvy
Call to find out when your local mall is having its next sale and call the stores you shop at most or follow them on Twitter or Facebook to find out about sales.