With the advent of modern technology, virtually every human activity, from communication to trade, has been revolutionalized. The realm of trade in particular has undergone a whole lot of change. There is absolutely no need to queue up for desire commodities in some overcrowded market nowadays. People can now buy and sell without even having to come in direct contact with each other. This state of affairs is facilitated by the phenomenon of online shopping.
Nowadays, trading in items is so easy, it takes just a few clicks to complete a buying and selling transaction. Virtually all kinds of things, from books to DVDs to clothing to furniture to real estate, can now be acquired online. There have even been bizarre cases where an individual tried to sell someone else online. Ultimately, it goes to show how far the world has come in trying to achieve ease of business transactions, and trade in particular.
Buying and selling of goods online is usually facilitated by online shopping websites. The process is relatively easy: intending buyers log onto the shopping website, select the desired item, and then either pay by means of a debit card, or pay on delivery.
Depending on the commodity, various online shopping exist for the purpose of e-trade. The poplar ones include eBay and Amazon, as well as iTunes (for the purchase of music). Online shopping has equally gained considerable momentum in Nigeria, and as such, various online shopping websites have sprung up. These include; Jumia, Konga, OLX, Kaymu and PayPorte.
On the world stage, it would be fair to say that eBay is one of the most popular online shopping websites to exist. It houses a lot of used, new and refurbished products that are available at relatively decent prices. It is arguably the largest online retail store in the U.S.A, and it leaves prospective buyers with a wide range of options when it comes to products available for purchase.
While it is not impossible for Nigerians to shop for items on eBay, it is not a straightforward affair either. To effectively shop on eBay, a Nigerian will need the following:
Once the above requirements have been fulfilled, a prospective Nigerian buyer can then follow the steps below in purchasing his desired product:
Buying on eBay and shipping to Nigeria is by no means the easiest of procedures, but it is ultimately rewarding, and quality of goods purchased is often guaranteed. It is hoped that Nigeria becomes an eBay or PayPal accepted country in the near future, so as to bridge the gap in shopping for items online. There is also the issue of fluctuating internet connection in Nigeria, which hampers online shopping and for which it is hoped that improvements are made by internet service providers. Be that as it may, it is easy to see that online shopping is a phenomenon which is gradually becoming part of our everyday interactions.