Online shopping is still at its infancy and remains a niche market in Nigeria, though it has grown tremendously in the last couple of years. Here you will find a few online shopping sites, online shops, stores, and malls where you can buy items online. Do not however take this as an endorsement of any of the online shopping services listed.
If you intend shopping online for consumer electronics, notebooks, home appliances, laptops, mobile phones, mobile phone recharge cards, Nigerian movies, African foods, home appliances, flight tickets, and so on, you will find online shopping sites in Nigeria selling such items here.
Checkout Best Online Stores in Nigeria
First we will look at a reputable international online shopping site where one can shop and have items shipped to Nigeria, though not every item. For a list of online shopping sites in Nigeria scroll below the international online stores.
International Online Stores
Amazon.com is a leading global online store. Amazon has online shopping sites in United States, UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Spain, etc.
Amazon.com online store stock an extensive line of products: desktops, notebooks, netbooks, consumer electronics, books, DVDs, Video games, shoes, clothes, and so on. Not all items are shipped to Nigeria, but Amazon.com ships most products qualified for international shipping to Nigeria.
When shopping at amazon from Nigeria, you make payment using Visa or MasterCard. Some other online payment platforms supported at amazon online store include America Express, Eurocard, and amazon gift cards among others. Your items will be delivered to your address in Nigeria between 3 and 31 days, depending on the shipping method you choose.
Note that additional charges may apply for shipping, imports fees, and custom duties. Shipping cost will be paid to amazon while custom duties will be paid in Nigeria.
Amazon also has a service called AmazonGlobal where they charge you for shipping and custom duties upfront and pay it on your behalf to customs. So, you don’t have to worry about any additional fee. The item will be delivered to your doorstep.
Books do not attract import duties in Nigeria. Buy books online at Amazon
AliExpress.com is an online shopping mall owned by China’s top online marketplace, Alibaba.com. On AliExpress, you will find thousands of top Chinese suppliers selling millions of products at low wholesale prices.
You can buy any of the millions of products on AliExpress from any reliable seller and have the product delivered to you in Nigeria.
Online Shopping Sites in Nigeria
Here are a few of the best online shopping sites in Nigeria:
Jumia is Nigeria’s leading online store and has the most extensive selection of products. You can buy mobile phones, TVs, Generators, Laptops, and thousands of products from the online shopping site.
You can pay with your ATM/debit cards or payment solutions like Paga. Jumia also accepts payment on delivery in some cities in Nigeria.
Konga is the major competitor for Jumia in Nigeria. The online shopping site boasts thousands of products just like Jumia. You can pay for your order online and have it delivered to your doorstep.
Konga also supports payment on delivery. Visit www.konga.com
DealDey is Nigeria’s number one daily deals website where you can find great deals of up to 90% discount on products and services like mobile phones and accessories, Electronics, food, professional courses, spa treatments, fashion, hotel bookings, training, and lots more.
DealDey has a different model compared to Jumia and Konga. The online shopping site offers deep discounts on select products for a limited time. Visit www.dealdey.com
Hungary and need food delivered to your home or office? HelloFood is an online shopping site for food delivery. You can order food from any of the restaurant or even multiple restaurants listed on the site and it will be delivered to you in a matter of minutes.
HelloFood delivers to addresses in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt. You can order Chinese, Italian, Thai, Continental, and Nigerian Food as well many more.
Online Shopping at HelloFood, visit www.hellofood.com.ng
Supermart was founded by two former executives of Jumia. The business model is simple. You pick products you want put them in the cart and Supermart expert buyer will visit any of their partner supermarkets and buy the products for you and deliver it to your home or office.
Supermart charges 800 Naira for its service and will deliver as early as 3 hours after you made the order. Supermart is best for buying groceries, office and home supplies.
Online Shopping at Supermart, visit www.supermart.ng
QuickTeller Payment Platform
QuickTeller is not an online shopping site, it is more of a payment platform that enables you pay for services. However, some products can be bought on QuickTeller. You can buy recharge cards for your mobile phone, Pay for DSTV, Startimes, and MyTV and lots of other service payments.
Payments are made with your InterSwitch Verve debit/ATM card.
Shopping for scratch cards or airtime online? Here are a few online shopping websites where you can buy scratch cards for mobile phone, PHCN, WAEC, and so on.
Slot System is a brick and mortar store with an online presence. On its online site, slot displays photos, prices, and specs of products available in their stores nationwide. Slot currently sells mobile phones and laptops.
Online Product browsing at Slot, visit www.slot.ng
Precaution about shopping online
Online shopping has some risks, but with a little education, you can reduce your risks. The first precaution is to verify the authenticity of the online shopping site.
Check the website at the address bar and make sure it is indeed the same online shopping website you intend to visit. Online shopping sites supporting MasterCard and Visa will use Secure Socket Layer, SSL.
This means that the web address will start with https://. Most online shopping website will only use SSL (https://) in the payment page, so as to secure your transaction.
Take some time and read a bit about the online shopping site before any transaction. Most online shopping sites, lists this vital information at the bottom of their webpages.
Challenges of Shopping online from Nigeria
Many Nigerians wishing to shop online face a number of challenges. The main being the stereotype of Nigerians as fraudsters. This leads to rejection of Debit/Credit cards with Nigerian addresses by some online shopping stores. However, this is not an issue if you are shopping from a local site.
Even when your debit/credit card is accepted a long chain of verification process follows, especially for your first shopping. This can be very frustrating to Nigerian online shoppers, but it is a cross we will have to carry for now unless of course we re-brand.
The reason is to verify the authenticity of the card you are using for your online shopping. This is aimed at making sure that the card is indeed yours and to protect you from fraud stars. Once you verify your card future shopping from the online shopping store will not require verification except you change the card.