Online shopping has taken a life of its own in Nigeria. More and more people are living behind their phones and computers and so they can as well do their shopping there as far as it’s convenient and safe. While Amazon and ebay are among the world’s largest online stores, the two major online stores in Nigeria are Jumia and Konga. Personally, I find their services satisfactory, but please don’t take my word for it, get your own very personal experience!
Tomorrow, Black Friday, 28th November, 2014 people would be glued to their devices doing their holiday shopping at amazing and hilarious prices, up to 70% off. While this is good news, it is important you don’t let your guards down while trying to enjoy this much publicised awoof. The following tips will help you avoid being duped or making regrettable buys:
1. Verify the website you are shopping (in terms of the address) jumai.com or jumia.net isn’t the same as jumia.com for example.
2. You may want to use ‘pay on delivery’ option if you want to be super secure.
3. If you’re going to pay online, ensure the pay portal is secure. Secure connections usually show https:// instead of http://
4. Use a clear and verifiable (house) address.
5. Shop according to need, not according to the beauty of the product picture.
6. If you’re shopping products priced in other currencies aside your legal tender, you may want to know the conversion factor.
7. Use a device with optimal data connection and screen size to better navigation.
Enjoy your online shopping experience on Black Friday and thereafter. It appears Konga has kicked off the discount sales earlier with #yakata sales!
Someone said, ‘Until I can download food on my device, I’d never be impressed with the internet!’ I hope he changes his mind on Black Friday!