Living in the age of the internet has brought so many advantages to individuals: Access to information has never been easier, communication is seamless in all parts of the world (thanks to social media) and, of course, shopping.
Believe it or not, online shopping has changed how people get their products. Rather than walking from one shop to another, one can simply browse through items on an online store and make a purchase on the fly. What makes it even better is the delivery service which makes shopping more convenient.
Online shopping has been on the rise in Kenya thanks to some ridiculous deals like buying a Samsung S10 for Ksh 5. This has made online shopping fun and reliable whenever you need it. Which online stores do Kenyans turn to? Here are the top online stores used by most Kenyans.
Jumia is among the biggest online shops in Africa dominating in Nigeria and Kenya. It has penetrated the Kenyan market due to the diversity of its products. You can literally find anything in Jumia; from electronics to fashion to foo, you name it. All you have to do is click on the search bar and find it.
Delivery of the products takes about 1-7 business days on products within the country and 1-15 business days on products shipped from abroad. You can pick up your product from your home, workplace or Jumia?s preferred pickup points. The online store accepts payments from M-PESA, Airtel Money, debit and credit cards and PayPal.
Launched in November 2017, Masoko is fairly new to the market. It did not pick up until late 2018 when it experienced an influx in buyers due to a dynamic change in marketing strategy. Masoko offers a platform where customers get to choose from a wide range of merchants and products. Some of the products available are food, clothes, electronics and many more.
Standard delivery is between 24 to 72 hours and delivery cost is based on your location. Buyers also get an option of express delivery at an additional cost. Payments on Masoko are made through M-PESA, card payments, Airtel money, M-Visa or cash on delivery.
Ever had the need to sell an item but lacked the market to do so? Look no further, OLX is here for you. OLX is an e-commerce platform with millions of people who buy and sell products to each other every single day. The products are relatively cheap compared to other online stores. However, they are used products.
Caution is also advised to buyers to look out for fraudsters who pose as potential buyers and sellers. Make sure to look at their review score before making any transaction with anyone.
Established in 2010, Cheki is an online marketplace where all of Kenya’s leading car dealers, importers and private sellers post their cars for sale in Kenya. The website does not sell cars directly but rather offer a state of the art advertising medium for users to buy and sell their cars, 4WDs, vans, bikes and trucks and other vehicles.
In addition to this, it offers spare parts from different dealers and a buyer is able to compare cost before closing in on a sale. One also has an option of importing cars from abroad on the website.
Kilimall has been in the Kenyan market for quite some time now. What gives it an edge is its relatively cheaper commodity prices. It has a varied range of products including electronics and accessories, clothes, office products and fashion products.
Their delivery, however, is not always on time but this is quite a common problem faced with most online stores. Look on the bright side, you pay cheaper prices for the products.
Which is your most preferred online shopping site? Let us know in the comments.