Online shopping may have taken longer to find its feet in South Africa than in the rest of the world, but it is now more popular than ever before, with Kevin Tucker from PriceCheck saying that the popularity of ecommerce will grow significantly in 2017.


Because of this, there’s been an explosion of shopping apps and a growing variety of options online. Doing your shopping on the internet has become the easiest way to get what you need. But can you swear off malls for good? Increasingly it looks like you can. Below are some of the easiest items you can now buy online, simply by opening your browser the next time you’re feeling too lazy to hit the shops.


  1. Groceries

Everybody knows the frustration of trying to find the time to stock up on groceries for the house. It can be a time-consuming and energy-draining activity, and those with a busy lifestyle might even resort to ordering their dinner rather than hitting the grocery aisle each week. Luckily, you can now order your food online with companies such as Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths, which will deliver your groceries to a location of your choice and at time that suits you.


  1. Home Basics

Gone are the days of trawling through furniture stores comparing prices of leather sofas. Most major furniture stores in South Africa offer an online shopping option, and websites like Loot and Appliance Online offer a wide variety of home appliances and furniture options. Local companies like Teljoy take it one step further though, and offer everything from kitchen appliances to furniture and tech gadgets on a rent-to-own basis. At a fixed monthly fee, you can get all your home essentials from 1 place without paying upfront or signing another credit agreement.


  1. Clothes

Ordering clothes online has been a reality for years now, but never have there been so many options before. You can buy nearly every piece of clothing you might see in a shopping mall online nowadays, and most websites make the process so easy, you’ll prefer it to the long queues and stuffy changing rooms of shopping centres. Having your items delivers to your work address is an even easier option, because you know someone will be there to accept the delivery. Most online stores also deliver within 2-3 working days, and you returning items has become just as easy as ordering them, just make sure you keep the packaging.


  1. Gadgets

There really is no need to buy the latest tech gadgets in-store anymore. The internet has a huge variety on offer, and most online shopping stores, like Want It All, Loot and Teljoy, offer great deals on the latest tech out there. You can also do your research online, meaning you never have to stand in the computer store for ages wondering if you’ve made the right choice. Price comparison is just a click away.


  1. Education

That’s right, you no longer have to go in to centres of learning, to actually learn. You’ll find an array of courses you can do online, at a time that suits you. Sites like offers courses ranging from entrepreneurship, time management, business communication and teamwork. You can now upskill, without leaving your home or office.

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