By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke
In the past in Nigeria, prospective buyers had to visit stores physically to purchase their groceries or wares.
Like earlier said, this is in the past and is no longer the case today. Shoppers can simply log into an online website like Jumia and order whatever they want. It will be delivered within a two or three day period. This is arguably one reason why online shopping is trending and attractive since it was pioneered by Jumia. Despite this, there are certain baggage that cycle with online shopping which you must know. Therefore, after you have identified what you want and are ready to click the buy button, Jumia Travel, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal rolls out five things to do before you complete an online transaction or purchase.
Look for online coupons before checking out
If you are looking for a way to cut cost while engaging in an online transaction, the sure way is to search for online coupons. Some retailers have a space to enter promo or discount codes which they may have advertised and you may have missed. Hence, before you conclude your transaction or before you pay for that product or service, check out for any coupons.
Be aware of the return policy
Buyers are unaware of the return policies of some online retailers. For many online platforms, they have a 14-day return policy while for others, it may be different. In addition, you may return the bought item and not get your full payment back. The return policy can be a deciding factor when comparing the same item from two or more other retailers.
Pay with cards that offer rewards
Some retailers offer discounts and other juicy rewards when you use a particular payment card on their website. Also look out for these offers before you finish your online purchase.
Use Invisible Hand extension for your browser
This is an extension that runs in the background while you are navigating an online retailer. It helps users search for the best price online and allows you to know when it finds the best price for that same item.
Safety of the website
Popular online platforms can easily be cloned so as to defraud unsuspecting buyers. Therefore, these online commerce hubs have unique features that guarantee your safety while shopping. So, do look for these inconspicuous features before you buy whatever you want.
Adeniyi Ogunfowoke is a PR Associate at Jumia Travel.