The Ultimate Guide to Online Shopping

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Online Shopping has become quite the rage in the 21st Century and is catching on fast in Tanzania. Online shopping platforms are becoming more commonplace for people to shop for their needs and wants, businesses are also changing by adapting their marketing efforts to capture more online sales. Thanks to technology, shopping has become so easy, with just a click of your mouse or a tap on your phone you can find what you’re looking for. Here are some tips to help you stay smart and safe throughout your online shopping experience.


1: Find a Reputable Platform

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When it comes to online shopping, there are plenty of things you need to take into consideration before you start. One of them being safety and security. A good example of a safe platform is one that has a good moderation system which helps control who and what can be posted on the website. This ensures that users can’t sell illegal merchandise and highly reduces fraud and scams. Also, a good moderation system enforces quality and conformity on the website. The platform will look neat and organised and will not end up having a lot of duplicates. Look out for these details before you think about purchasing on any site.


2: Look for Reputable Sellers

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When purchasing anything online you might want to check who is selling the product. To buy from a business is generally safer since businesses usually have a fixed location, thus can be tracked easily. Also, businesses usually provide warranty for items you purchase, something that might be useful in the long run. But don’t dismiss individual sellers outright, more often than not they have better deals than businesses. Just be sure to take extra precautions when buying from an individual seller.


3:  Beware of Prices

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The beauty of shopping online is that you are able to compare prices and get the item you want at the best price possible, without moving physically from one store to another.  Fraudsters take advantage of this by quoting prices that are “too good to be true” in order to lure in buyers and swindle them. So before purchasing a product, check the pricing by googling the price of the same product and compare. This way you’ll know if you’re paying too little or too much. Always take a second look when the price is really low because more often than not it’s a scam.


4: Follow Safe Practices

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Almost all online shopping platforms are haunted by some form of fraudsters. To ensure they don’t put a dark spot on your shopping experience, here are some basic practices to follow.

1: Never pay full price before delivery, especially when buying from individuals, unless the platform has a refund policy.

2: Always meet in a public place when meeting sellers for inspecting the product, or the actual exchange.

3: Don’t give out your credit or debit card details to strangers, or home address.

Staying attentive while shopping will help you notice the red flags and avoid fraudsters before they’ve had a chance to have their way with you.


A great platform incorporates these features to safeguard your shopping experience. Here at ZoomTanzania we’ve been refining and improving our standards for more than 8 years to ensure a safe, comfortable and reliable online marketplace for both buyers and sellers, start shopping with us today!

Elizabeth Nyimbo