In the last couple of years, the e-commerce industry has been seeing a steady growth in Pakistan. Daraz, Pakistan’s leading online shopping platform landed on Pakistani soil back in 2012 and has been showing tremendous growth over the years. Just like anything else which is newly introduced to a nation, there will usually be backlash or misconceptions. For a nation which houses close to 200 million people, situations like these are common and the government will need to spend time educating the people. Here are a few common myths about online shopping we have debunked.
Myth #1: Online Shopping is Costly
This is probably the most common misconception about making purchases online. In fact, shopping online is the exact opposite of this myth due to justifiable reasons. When you shop online, most times you are buying directly from the supplier. This way, you cut out the middleman (who marks up the price of your item at offline stores). Hence, your shopping becomes cheaper. A secret way to get additional discounts on your shopping is by patronizing coupon websites like ShopCoupons. They are trustworthy and provide you with the latest coupon codes for you to use at your favorite online stores. Now you’ll know where to go for that Daraz discount code you’ve been searching for all week.
Myth #2: I am Risking my Financial Information
Many are unaware that the online store they are purchasing from actually do not store financial their customers’ financial information. In fact, all large online stores use a third-party payment gateway which handles everything related to payment. This third-party payment gateway is extremely secure and all payments which pass through are via an encrypted channel to ensure that none of your financial information is lost or stolen. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about your information being abused. That being said, it would still be wise for you to always be aware of whom you’re sharing these personal information with to avoid accidents.
Myth #3: I Don’t Have a Credit Card, I Can’t Shop
Most big online stores are aware that not everyone has a credit card. In order to accommodate to customers of all financial backgrounds and preferences, renowned online stores like Daraz and Yayvo have multiple payment methods which include payment by credit card, debit card, bank transfer and COD (cash on delivery). COD has made it so easy for hundreds of thousands of people to shop online because you will only need to pay in cash once you have received the item(s) you’ve bought. Recently these online stores have also been collaborating with payment partners like Jazz Cash and Easy Paisa to make it easier for members to shop online too.
Myth #4: The Products I’ve Received Are Not Authentic
This situation is probably the most likely to happen if you are not extra careful while doing your research. However, as online stores are still considered new in Pakistan, these companies are giving it their all when it comes to gaining the customers’ trust. Large online stores like Yayvo and Daraz allow returns and refunds but of course with terms and conditions applied. This is to prove that their customers’ satisfaction is always the top priority especially when it comes to product quality and authenticity.
Now that we have debunked these 4 common misconceptions about online shopping for you, give it a try and hopefully you’ll enjoy shopping on the world-wide-web as much as we do.