File image: IOL.
File image: IOL.
Picture: Shoppers at Pick n Pay in Cape Town, Strand Street. (Zeenat Vallie). IOL.
Picture: Shoppers at Pick n Pay in Cape Town, Strand Street. (Zeenat Vallie). IOL.
Picture: Shoppers at Fashion World, Cape Town in a queue with piles of clothing. (Zeenat Vallie).
Picture: Shoppers at Fashion World, Cape Town in a queue with piles of clothing. (Zeenat Vallie).
Picture: Shoppers queuing outside Checkers Hyper, Durban. (Dhivana Rajgopaul).
Picture: Shoppers queuing outside Checkers Hyper, Durban. (Dhivana Rajgopaul).
Picture: Shoppers on Black Friday. (Twitter).
Picture: Shoppers on Black Friday. (Twitter).
Picture: Shoppers on Black Friday. (Twitter).
Picture: Shoppers on Black Friday. (Twitter).
Picture: Shoppers on Black Friday. (Twitter).
Picture: Shoppers on Black Friday. (Twitter).
Picture: A shopper's bag on Black Friday. (Twitter).
Picture: A shopper's bag on Black Friday. (Twitter).

CAPE TOWN - Black Friday has kicked off countrywide with a bang, leaving customers in a shopping frenzy and retail stores in pandomonium.  

While some shoppers were animated with the deals, others expressed anger at irritation as they shopped in crammed stores and stood in dreadful queues. 

Shoppers from Cape Town, Durban as well as Johannesburg have been camping outside stores from midnight yesterday, in a bid not to miss out on mega sales from up to 85% off selected items. 

Considering that this kind of mass sale occurs once every year, shoppers made certain that they were geared up and positioned themselves in front of the stores in spiraling queues. 

Trolleys were flying down aisles, items were pulled off racks and shoppers were frantically searching for the best deals. 

In a bid to ensure that everyone can get a piece of the BlackFriday deals, shops such as Samsung have pledged to run their BlackFriday sales until Sunday, November 26. 

While the mayhem was underway, online shoppers experienced a crash by leading online retail stores such as Takealot and Superbalist.com. 

Dion Wired websites across The Foschini Group (TFG) have also been experiencing technical difficulties due to the Black Friday craziness. 

A visit to the Takealot website earlier this morning claimed it will be back up and running soon, while Superbalist’s read “oh no, something went wrong.”

All websites have seemed to have recovered, but not before a flood of angry consumers made their voices heard on social media.

According to David Nel managing partner at Tangent Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Partner, the sites crashed because the infrastructure they have built or the servers could not process the large amount of requests being sent. 

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE