This year saw the explosion of ecommerce sites in Nigeria. Ecommerce simply means electronic transactions. This involves the buying and selling of goods and services through the internet. Ecommerce has eliminated the borders that countries and regions were facing in the traditional business. You can now sit in the comfort of your home and order for goods say a computer and have it delivered to your doorstep.
There are so many companies doing it now in Nigeria. Most of them accept payment on delivery, that is you pay only when the goods have been delivered to you. This is because of the trust system in the country whereby people are reluctant to input their credit card details online. The payment on delivery method has that solved. Most of these companies offer free delivery any in Nigeria, while some has free delivery on in selected cities like Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt.
Buying from online shopping websites has turned to be a most popular way for the business because of its instant trade feature. It has been witnessing a sharp in the country with the subsequent rise in ecommerce websites offering a variety of goods.
You need to make enough enquiries before you make your order. Check out the company thoroughly, speak to the customer care representative and confirm that they have the goods available before you order. Also if possible, check from people who have bought from them and see the kind of experience they’ve had.
The ecommerce sites in Nigeria are below. There are in no particular order, I only listed Jumia first because I’ve bought from them and they are good. Also I took into consideration sites that have affordable goods that won’t drill a hole in our pockets.
- Jumia: This site rebranded from kasuwa.com and started operations this year. They offer a wide range of products ranging from phones, computer and their accessories to the clothes, shoes, watches and books. They offer payment on delivery. Their website is good with user friendly design. Check them out at www.jumia.com.ng.
- Konga: When I heard about the site, they focused on mama and baby stuff, like baby food, baby wears, maternity wears, and food condiments. But now they’ve expanded into electronics too. They also offer payment on delivery and free delivery in Lagos. See them at www.konga.com.
- Sunglasses: This is an ecommerce site that is focused on sunglasses only. Their website is cool with easy navigation path and I would love to buy from them but I’m not a glasses fanatic. Go to www.sunglasses.com.ng.
- Taafoo: This site sells a variety of goods like electronic, shoes, clothes and jewelry. They have a simple, clean design. You can shop online or at their office and they ship to anywhere in Nigeria. Check them at www.taafoo.com
- BuyCommonThings: This is another website that is focused on foodstuff, condiments, infant care and other household essentials. They have good site layout but they are only serving VI, Lekki and Ikoyi. See them at www.buycommonthings.com.
I’m sure there are a lot more out there. Which one have you shopped from, what is your experience with them, let us know in the comments below.