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Why Can't Nigerians Shop Online?

I was at Shoprite over the weekend and it was a horrible experience.

First of all, not only did it take about an hour through the Ozumba Mbadiwe Traffic to get there, but when I finally got in, parking space was a problem, It was like the whole of Lagos was at the Palms.

Ok. I eventually found somewhere to park and started shopping and at the end of the day I spent more than 30 mins on the long queue to pay for my stuff.

Now I really want to know everyone's opinion, What's the point of all this? Why can't we have online shopping with our interswitch or etranzact cards while such shops have a delivery service plan and whats your opinion about online shopping for places like Shoprite, Game, Park and Shop etc. in Nigeria?

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why not shop online from the US and get shipped right to your door? It is easier and it's saves time !

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I thank God that in the midst of all this negativity, at least 5 successful ones have arisen. e.g jumia.

Let this be a lesson to us all. Take a chance and stop being so negative all the time over every idea!

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The Amazing thing about shopping on www.circuitatlantic.com is that you can make payments with your regular Nigerian debit card, from any of the banks. And i totally agree that a lack of knowledge is also part of the problems why Nigerians wouldn't shop on line. But with time and enlightenment more and more people are starting to shop online.

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You can shop online mean in as much you are willing to do so.AkinAlabi is damn right mean. so just forget the impression that you can't shop online even if the yahoo boys have made the whole thing run bad.

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One step at a time, ! lol!

i shopped online at Amazon and my stuff did not

come for like 4 weeks lol!!! sh***

Fedex, UPS, Royalmail, They still have issues!!!

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Shopping on Line lol!!! give me a break,

1st of - where are the High street shops to go to first

2nd - then you move to home delivery and if that work

3rd - you can think of shopping via a catalogue and if the system is good

4th - You could shop o line, that if you have Online companies that do retail

in Nigeria!!!

RIGHT NOW SHOPPING ONLINE IN NIGERIA IS A BIG NO NO!!!

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Cos of fraud and no insurance to most nigerian biz to pay them back the money.

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We already use our cards to buy in Nigeria so its no biggie.

I regulary buy discounted tickets on Aero's site with my card so why

can shoprite do the same.

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which Nigerian owned sites do u shop from?shoprite ?

How do u pay with paypal when u cant open a paypal acct from 9ja?

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If you have a store online, will u allow Nigerians to shop online from your store?

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How can u do online shopping in Nigeria when ur card details are not safe?

Deal with the issue of 419/yahoo yahoo first,

Shopping online is great but there should be security of ur details, ur shopping delivered without stories.

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I think this topic is misleading. Nigerians already shop online. You can only say that it is difficult shopping online as a Nigerian.

Many bloggers buy domain names, hosting services online. If you are shopping on websites that belongs to Nigerian, your ATM card may be accepted. When shopping on websites that are non-Nigerian, you can use PayPal, AlertPay and others.

We shop online, it is just that it is not easy. Some websites reject selling product or services to Nigerians because of the activities of the black sheep among us.

It is quite unfortunate that our leaders are not doing anything to help the situation. The legislature are too busy fighting over trivial issues instead of making laws that will enhance e-commerce.

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you can all start it instead of complainingwww.niajainfo.com

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The reason why Nigerian can't shop online is simply because of the fear people have in the system of shopping online.

To me i see no reason why we can't shop online. I do most of my buying online business online. I'm indoors most of the time bu that is limited. I would be glad to buy online if the system is good Yahoo boy or no Yahoo boy.

What is business?

Business involves buying and selling which has the medium of exchange called money in between. Once i make my order online and the product is delivered to me through a courier. I will go to the courier services get my product and check it authenticity. Once that is done, i pay the courier service the amount + VAT and i leave. It is left for the Shop to collect there money from the courier services (a registered one o).

Or better still, we can make use of pre-paid gift cards that. This you would have bought before. Once you see a product you want to buy, u make your order and load your gift card. There you go and you do the business.

I guess this is a call for Shopping Online

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One of the reason internet users are not shopping online in Nigeria is due to lack of trust. If nigerians consumers are not confident online, demand will grow at a slower rate. Among those who do shop online, they still have concerns about doing so and are only slightly aware of their online consumer rights.

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Hurray, Nigerians can now shop online.

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Some Nigerian sites offer online sales and get the product delivered to your doorstep. VTN is also a new idea, with affliate with graphcard, they have acct for both consumers and marketers. WITH TIME WE'LL GET THERE

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If it can be done abroad, then it can also be done in Nigeria. It might take time, but in the future, I'm sure it will become a reality where Nigerians will be able to shop online. It would be too sad if the country does not advance for the better in the future.

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Nigerians are afraid of Nigerians. shopping online is for people with one serious quality of an Entrepreneur and that is Risk Taking

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it's just Nigerian Mentality that assume it won't work! It will work fine as simple as ABC! Web payment, the customer care will call to verified your card if you really purchase the item for security reasons. Seal a contract deal with EMS - NexT day DeLivery. It's just about dedication and commitment.

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Hello Fellow members,

This is a very brilliant post,is just that we all seems to have forgotten the basics for this concept and one of the Basics is INTERNET FACILITY.Because without the internet, can you shop online? and how many Nigerians have access to the Internet?.Ok let assume few Nigerians have access to the internet,can they make use of it to the fullest?

I think these are one of the things we really need to put in place.Except if most of the Nigerians who are not Internet versatile take it upon themselves to embrace the internet. Because if they don't do, perhaps shopping offline and online would be quite difficult for them.

But i still think it is possible and there is always a way out,

I think that is my own point of view for now,

Cheers,

David.

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Hello,

If you are interested purchasing items or services in US or Canadian stores and institutions, you can try

www.orderbay.com, pending when the right infrastructure is put in place for on-line shopping in Nigeria :-)

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Its quite a sad one. Well Good News Nigerians!!!

You'll be able to start shopping online soonest with on a very big platform, HACKER SAFE!!! So dont think you are coming to SCAM,

Interswitch Connected, What you need is either your Debit or Credit Card and you shop online, I will give you update soonest on this topic.

Thanks Landers,

Your Brother & Friend,

Adekunle,

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so when exactly would be the right time to start deploying web payment systems like these? Besides, there shouldn't be an option to pay later. If you want your goods delivered to your doorstep, you should pay immediately, and if you want to pick up from the store, I believe you should also pay immediately online and probably download a non-refundable receipt to pick up or something.

I just believe there should be ways round this because Airlines are using it and they are not complaining. I also believe there is no business that is 100% secured from things like 419 etc. there should be strategic plans in place to curb such things and bring it to the lowest minimum.

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Etranzact and interswitch do have web payment system.

For me i feel the issue isnt deploying the payment system, it is an issue of security.

even the stores using it wont feel secured.

Havent u heard of Atm cards being used and u are sure the card is with u all the time?

Now banks are introducing verve card which is far more secured than our normal atm cards.

really i think its security and the fact that we are not there yet.

so it boils down to the economy at large,

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it is a good concept but cant see it happening just yet in naija.

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The funny naija mentality is the reason why shopping at the palms has become hell. Most of the folks that come to shop at the palms have local convenience stores in their area that can easily meet most of their needs.

But because the palms has become a status symbol of some sorts, many people would prefer to drive from Surulere to Lekki to buy basic stuff because they do not want to be left out of the charade. Why for goodness sake would a lady go to Mr Biggs at the palms with 5 friends from Ikeja, when she would have passed several Mr big outlets before getting to Lekki?

NAIJA Factor

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why can't Nigerians shop online? It all boils down to lack infacstructure,honesty,efficiency,customer care and a lack of a visionary enterprenuer that can raise up to the challange and come up with a blue print like Dell Computers to make it work

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Oh I see.

that explains it. well then, if you are in the UK, shoprite is like Tesco or Asda etc. If you are in the US, Shoprite is like Macy's without the clothes and shoes. and you're definitely not in S.A. because you would have known Shoprite if you were there.

So if Tesco and Asda can offer online shopping, why can't Shoprite?

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determined - I have never been to shoprite, and this may come as a shock to you, but not everyone has. And living outside Naija it would take me a LOT longer to get there than you.

However I don't believe everything they sell there would be attractive to buyers if it where sold online. For instance, I'd have no trouble buying a tv or an mp3 player online, but when it come to shoes and clothes, I would much rather try them on first. That's just my preference.

What's yours??

One.

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And what would you be willing to buy if you could shop online?

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So they are still in one place siiiiiiiinceeeeeeeeeee?

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The yahoo guys messed up the innocent ones opportunity

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Meeeeen! Akinalabi, you're just on point.

I believe if everything is well organized and they can start with maybe VI, they'll know how far to take it in a couple of months. After all, they (Shoprite) plans to expand to about 12 other places in Lagos.

Personally, I would shop online if I could.

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Cos the postal service is wack. Everything boils down to infrastructure

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yes,Nigeria need a way forward.That was a gud suggestion,i think we need to go advance in the way we shop,i.e comming up with online shopping.presently i study in the uk,and the ways things are done here,as regard shopping,is quite unique.Naija can do better.What we need is working together(network)

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I'm glad your thoughts are like mine. I totally concur.

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For a state like Lagos, one would expect forward thinking entrepreneurs to start things like that

but I'm sure there are several brickwalls like cost, postage system, demand, banking/ internet banking,consumer laws

security and culture (people like to view/use/feel before paying for goods or services)

Big shops should introduce internet shopping especially in places where there is demand for it

I think we should start from lagos first. most of these places are not even available outside of lagos

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