At the Nike Factory Store in Woodmead, a shopper said he had been waiting in line since 5am. “Yoh my man, I have been here all morning. I should have packed a lunch box for this line,” said the man, who declined to be named. He said his eyes were set on a pair of Nike Airmax. “I only want that one shoe, man. I hope they don’t run out of stock otherwise I will be very disappointed.”
The line for the Nike store stretched to outside of the centre.
“I am living my best Black Friday life,” said Carla Fine, after she bought seven pairs of New Balance sports shoes. Fine said there was no queue at the New Balance store in Woodmead and that saved 75% on each pair of shoes.
“I was very specific about what I wanted so I went straight to New Balance. I bought for everyone around me. I’m going to pop in at one more store and head back to work,” she said.
A shopper who identified himself as Tshepo joined the queue at around 5.30am. He came all the way from Randfontein and took three taxis to get to the store. “I’m going to spend R30,000 on tekkies today. I am going to buy ten pair of tekkies for me and my son.”
Jabulile Ndlovu said she arrived at the Nike store at around 8.30am on a mission for her one-year-old daughter. “The line is too long, yooh. I wanted some nice Nike tekkies for my little one. I don’t think we are going to get them,” she said.
Her friend, Samkelisiwe Buthelezi, decided not to queue. “We got here and saw the line of the queue and decided to move on to other shops. We are very disappointed.”
In various centres, television sets and large appliances were also in demand on Friday morning as the year’s biggest sale kicked off.
At Southgate Mall, where home appliances such as TVs, microwaves, irons and kettles were selling like hot cakes at Game stores, Nhlanhla Kodisang of Klipspruit, Soweto, said she had arrived at the mall by 6am.
She scored camp chairs, irons, a sewing machine and a carpet. "I have saved the whole year for these and i got everything i wanted. . .," the satisfied shopper said.