Online shopping is the latest sensation in Pakistan.  Although still a new concept, but slowly and steadily gaining popularity because of convenience, one-stop solution, free and fast home delivery, time saving and affordability. With variety of products like fashion accessories, home textile products, clothing, jewellery, mobile laptops, cosmetics, shoes, handbags, electronics you name it and with the snap of a finger you can be a proud owner of your desired product.  Shopping online also allows you to find any product that you would not be able to find in a physical store due to possible shortage. Sales and discount deals are part and parcel of online shopping. Many leading online shopping stores offer various discount deals. For example, jambo.pk  brings Spring Lawn Festival 2016 weekend sales.  While online shopping may sound very exciting, there are few things that need to be taken into consideration to avoid any unpleasant experience.

1. Buy from leading online store only

Before making a purchase, research about the online shop whether it’s through a review site or Facebook page.  Beware of bogus online shops that have fake websites and emails. If any online store/shop is unfamiliar to you, try to find their physical office and telephone contact details. It is always best to trust the reputable online stores, especially those that are recommended from a trusted source.

2. Never pay upfront to stay away from fraud

Payment security aspect has to be severely taken care of. When making a payment for your chosen item, avoid direct bank transfers. Use a secure payment site where money is transferred between two electronics accounts. Use a secured Wi-Fi connection.  If you have a slow internet connection, there is a possibility of transaction failure and fraud. Before making the final payment, make sure you double check all details of your purchase. Paying through credit card or COD (Cash on Delivery) reduces your risk and protect your money.

3. Price comparison

Online shopping allows you to cross-compare prices with multiple websites so you can get the best deal. Deals and pricing of various products can be compared with other online shopping portals. It can save you a great deal of time and energy. You have an option to switch from one online store to another if you do not like the price they are offering for your desired product. These price comparisons don’t let you go out of budget.

4. Confirm order over phone

If for instance, you receive a message about a problem with an order you placed or shipment, don’t click to open any links or file. If the message or email doesn’t appear fake to you, open a new browser window and visit their online page to check on order status, or just give them a phone call to clarify order issues. Do not reply to unknown email messages from online shopping websites you don’t recognize.

5. Delivery will take days

Online shopping stores deliver nationwide. While placing an order, in the shopping cart you receive estimated delivery date. But sometimes this is not a guaranteed delivery date for your order. Typically, it takes 1-2 days at least for an order to reach its destination. But if you are ordering from a rural area, then delivery make take up to 5 days.

6. Black and White Fridays are valid for Pakistan too

For millions of people around the globe, Black Friday is the day for some serious shopping. Surprisingly, last year Black Friday sales were also availed to the Pakistani customers. Although, a lot of people are unaware of the history behind this day, they were still happy to grab the discounted deals associated to this day. Many Pakistani online shopping websites provided discounted sales for a day with a discount up to 70%.

7. Online shopping is no rocket science

Nowadays, shopping online is very reliable and it is picking up pace in Pakistan. The increasing use of the internet by young adults and with the power of Smartphones, the growth of online shoppers is likely to boost even further. Shopping online has a lot of perks; it is quick, accessible, saves time and super convenient.

Conclusion

. The shopping is secure and less time consuming. Delivery is fast. Shopping has never been so convenient and easy.  It is an oasis catering to people looking to buy all types of things. No wonder it is not hard to see why people are spending more time shopping around and making purchases via different online stores.