Raru Site News & Updates - 3,000,000 Pageviews displayed for the first time over the past 30 days 8 Dec 2016

Date Site Change Log
2016-12-08 3,000,000 Pageviews displayed for the first time over the past 30 days.
2016-11-30 Black Friday 2016 at Raru from the technical side - Read the Full Report here.
2016-11-16 2,000,000 Pageviews displayed for the first time over the past 30 days.
2016-10-13 Share product or news article using email from the Product and News Pages.
2016-09-16 View the current Top 250 Book Authors on Raru.
2016-09-13 On search results, there is a lightning button near sorting, that will open quick view on the first product. From quick view you can navigate to the next product. It also helps make mobile browsing more seamless.
2016-08-29 The entire Raru website now always runs secure (HTTPS). Users browser address bar's will in the top left corner display a Green Padlock Icon.
2016-08-01 The US & UK Import sections size and colour select options have been completely rewritten. It's now dynamic. As you change the variation it will swap out the images without refreshing the page. It will also go fetch the new price and title. The pages will also load much quicker now than before. See this example.
2016-07-24 We now display their most Recently Viewed Products to customers. Customers also have the option to manage it and switch it off the display.
2016-05-09 Are You Ready to Rock? We've now added a Musical Instruments department.
2016-04-18 At Checkout, customers now have a Ship With option which shows their open orders. This removes the Shipping Fee on the new order when the two orders are combined.
2016-03-24 Allow autocomplete when the user enters text in the search text area.
2016-03-16 Customers can now request a Product Return via the Customer Dashboard.
2016-03-05 The Wishlist now has some extra filter options such as In Stock, Pre-Order, Price Low to High etc.
2016-03-03 You can now create your own Quotations using the site Checkout. Handy for those insurance claims. These are valid for 24 hours only.
2016-01-29 Otaku - New Category Just Launched, Over 3000 Items now available to order.
2016-01-24 Music Lovers. We are now in the process of adding even more detailed information to our Music (CDs/Vinyls/DVDs/Blu-rays). Extra detail can now include Track Times, Artist Biographies as well as links to the Youtube videos of selected tracks. Click here for the list of titles updated so far. This list will grow daily. Also checkout David Bowie - Blackstar (CD) as a specific example.
2016-01-13 If you have a popular website, blog or other social media presence you can now generate some extra income via the Raru Affiliate program.
2015-12-05 Masterpass provides a secure payment method for debit and cheque cards using your smartphone. Before using this payment method you will need to have signed up for a Masterpass account on their website.
2015-11-06 Our Movies & TV department has now grown from 85,540 to 150,690 titles.
2015-11-05 Our Music selection has now grown from 52,578 to 462,435 with over 15,000 Vinyls to pick from.
2015-10-28 1,000,000 Pageviews displayed for the first time over the past 30 days.
2015-10-22 Debit Cards have now been enabled as a payment option.
2015-10-19 Source Writer to Book Author link on Movie Info. See Example.
2015-08-09 Raru now supports the Open Search specification.

If you are on Raru in Firefox, you'll notice a little + sign in the search box.  If you click that you'll get an option to add Raru.  You
can then search Raru using the search box in Firefox.

In Chrome it works by typing "raru.co.za" in the url box and you'll get the option to search Raru.
2015-08-09 We are now adding User Manuals and Leaflet PDFs to the Electronics products. See example.
2015-08-04 Google Books Preview added for Books. See example.
2015-08-02 You can now search for text within any other search result.
2015-07-30 Customers can now cancel their own unpaid for orders or items from the unpaid orders straight from Your Account > Order History.
2015-07-27 Pargo To Counter delivery service now available. All the details.
2015-07-20 Merch department is now live.
2015-07-15 Boards & Dice department is now live.
2015-07-03 You can now remove multiple items from your Wish List.
2015-07-02 Pre-order items will now show the number of days until release.

The site Search now also allows for up to 100 results to appear on a page.


You can now rate the items you've bought out of five stars, straight from your Order History page.


On search results you can select to show either 15, 25 or 50 products per page.  The setting will be remembered for future searches.


You can now search Your History for Titles, Order no, Tracking no as well as Order Status.


The Raru Site Wish List now supports multiple Wish Lists. Go to your Wish List and click the Manage option, to set up multiple Wish Lists now.


On Movies & TV products we are now showing:

  • IMDB Score
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score
  • Metascore
  • Official Website
  • US Box Office
  • Poster

See example.

2015-04-21 3D Secure now activated for all Credit Card transactions.
2015-03-29 We've now added about 190,000 sample tracks to over 11,000 albums in our Music Department. The tracks use HTML5 audio controls so they will also work on mobile devices.
2015-03-26 Hobbies & Toys section added.
2015-03-22 UK Import section added.
2015-03-21 The site news article as well as Product Pages all have handy Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook links to easily share with your social circle.
2015-03-20 On the Product Information Pages of the site you will now see a notification if you have previously purchased the item.

Release Calender per Department added.

Browse the Release Calender for: Video Games | Books | Movies & TV | Music | Electronics

User Reviews Update:

User submitted Reviews also now appear on our Product Pages as per this example. Click Here.

2015-02-19 US Import Section now live.

The mobile menus now have a new layout with sub-menus that show when you touch Browse/Account/Departments.

It also means all the secondary menu links are now available on mobile. Previously some menus were hidden to fit on the smaller screen size.

Site News: 2015-01-20 Raru comes in at No. 4 on the MyBroadband 2015 Poll of "Best online shops in South Africa".
2015-01-15 To all Instagram users. We've just added RaruShopping to Instagram. We'll post photos of new stock arrivals into our warehouse here - http://instagram.com/rarushopping

Your Wishlist will now show with how much an item you added to it has dropped in price since. For example:

ABCs of Death (Blu-ray)

Price Drop: 15%
The price was R 155 on 19 Jun 2014, when added to Wish List.


Some recently site enhancements include:

Electronics: Browse by Category

Movies & TV: Browse by Genre

Books: Browse by Category

Also releases within the last 30 Days, will now show a  NEW  sign. Click Here.

Where items are on Promotion, the Product Information Page with give a countdown to how many days are left of the Promotion period. Click Here.

Recently Added links added to the various departments to display items which have just been added. For an example - Click Here.

2014-10-17 The Raru Gift Vouchers are now available. Select from multiple Gift Voucher types such as for Christmas, a Birthday or a special Thank You. When sending a Voucher to someone else, you can also select a date when the voucher needs to be sent out.
2014-09-21 Customers can now Add to Cart and Wishlist straight from the Raru News articles. See this example: http://raru.co.za/news/351-blu-rays
2014-09-01 We've now added instant email delivery of Digital Codes. As soon as your order's payment is approved the Game Code will be emailed to you for immediate use. No extra shipping fees will be charged.

All the User Reviews submitted to the site can now be viewed from the dedicated Reviews page. See the link below:



Paarl, Stellenbosch, Somerset West and Strand are now regarded as Main Centers with regards to Shipping Fees. Thus orders under R299 will only be charged R35 for shipping, reduced from the previous R70 shipping fee. Orders over R299 will ship for Free.

A new Content Source search filter has been added to the site. This will enable users to only select to see local / South African created content where applicable.

2014-07-24 Product ratings and reviews are now live, so feel free to add your feedback to the site.
2014-07-18 From today Raru is able to accept Bitcoin as a payment method. To pay with Bitcoin, just select instantEFT as you payment method at Checkout, and you will be presented with the Bitcoin option.
2014-06-24 265,000 UK Import Books now added and available to order

Site now out of its Beta phase.

New Release facets added with the following three values.

  • Last 7 Days
  • Last 30 Days
  • Older than 30 Days

Click Here to see an example of the New Release facets in operation.


General News

Since Monday afternoon we've already had over 1,000 registrations to the Raru site. Also a big thank you to all of you who have also bought from us. We really appreciate the support thus far. All of you are also eligible to win the Samsung 51 Inch Plasma TV we are giving away at the end of June.

Site Updates

American Express payment option now added at Checkout.

News Articles also now show In Stock items in real-time.

Last night we also made the following fields clickable now from the Product Information pages.

  • Franchise
  • Music genre
  • Series Books, Games & Movies
  • Games publisher
  • Games developer

Look out for more site updates to come.