Shop online this festive season

The Festive season is upon us and many people intend to shop for gifts and to celebrate.

Burayayi Brian Mukudzavu

The Internet has brought along the convenience of shopping online.

If you wish to buy a gift or two online, below are some options you can consider, both locally and internationally:

  • Zimazon (www.Zimazon.co.zw) –– Zimazon has thousands of products to choose from at the lowest prices, all delivered to your door in Harare within seven to 14 working days. The products come directly from the United States.
  • Khayashopping.com (www.khayashopping.com) –– an exclusive retail-shopping environment featuring an ever-increasing amount of classic and authentic brands across a broad range of product categories including skincare, bodycare, accessories, handbags, hair care, sunglasses, tablets, mobile phones and laptops. Orders can be delivered or picked up.
  • Zimseller (www.zimseller.com) –– ZimSeller is a Zimbabwean online supermarket with operations in South Africa and the United Kingdom. They sell pharmaceutical products, groceries and other products from virtually every manufacturer in Zimbabwe and South Africa and deliver in Zimbabwe.
  •  MyZimStore (www.MyZimStore.com) –– This is an online shopping platform that focuses on providing specialty gifts to Zimbabweans.

If you are looking for a way to buy and send gifts to your friends and loved ones in Zimbabwe, MyZimStore is a convenient one-stop shop where you can find something special and have it delivered anywhere in the greater Harare area by the next day.
Various secure online payment options such as Zimswitch and Vpayments are available on some of these sites for Zimbabwean purchases.

You can enjoy the convenience of shopping online, but ensure you take the necessary precautions while you are at it.

Tips for shopping online

  • Know who you are dealing with –– there are many scammers out there who can set up shops online. Confirm the online sellers’ details, especially physical address and contact numbers if in doubt.
  • Know what you are buying –– read the sellers description carefully and closely, especially the fine print. Words such as refurbished, vintage may indicate that the product is in less than mint condition, while name brand items with bargain prices could be counterfeits.
  • l Check out terms of the deal such as refund policies and delivery dates –– can the item be returned for a full refund if not satisfactory? In such a case, who pays the shipping costs? If it is an exchange, when will the order be received?
  • Keep records –– Print or save records of your online

transactions, including the product description and price, the online receipt, and the emails you send and receive from the seller. Read your credit card/bank statements as you receive them; be on the lookout for charges that you don’t recognise.

  •  Don’t email any financial information –– Email is not a secure method of transmitting financial information like your credit card, checking account or identity details.

If you begin a transaction and need to give your financial information through an organisation’s website, look for indicators that the site is secure, like a URL that begins with https (the “s” stands for secure).

Check the privacy policy –– It should let you know what personal information the website operators are collecting, why and how they are going to use the information.

If you can’t find a privacy policy — or if you can’t understand it –– consider taking your business to another site that’s more user-friendly.

Gadget of the Week

Samsung Smart TV –– The Samsung Smart TV is a more advanced and smarter TV than the Plasma TVs that we have become accustomed to.

It now has the ability to allow users to search TV shows, chat with friends, search movies and even browse the Internet. Even more interesting is that the TV has applications that have been specifically built for it.

All Samsung Smart TV’s come with Smart Hub from where users can access several features such as viewing movies, opening web browser for surfing or launch apps that were downloaded onto the device. To make use of Internet, some Smart TVs come with Wi-Fi built in and others need the wireless adapter called link stick which is sold separately.

The range of Samsung Smart TVs retail from US$1 500 upwards depending on the size of the device.

App of the week

Christmas Advent Calendar –– The Best 25 Free Apps. Instead of free chocolates or sweets, this advent calendar app will instead offer you a free app each day! To unlock it you have to engage in different Christmas activities –– from pulling a cracker to unwrapping a gift. A fun way to count down to Christmas, but it is only available for iOS users.

Did you know?

The number one reason people shop online is to save time.

Mukudzavu is the founder and Managing Director of Axis Solutions Africa. He is an entrepreneur, commentator, speaker and writer focusing on ICT security, mobility and business agility.

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