In one of our previous buying guides on Naijaknowhow, I shared a couple of websites Nigerians can buy things online but some people want to know if there are ‘international’ online shopping sites that ship to Nigeria safe and fast.
Well, the answer is YES! In this article, we have taken our time to enlist all the best websites to buy things outside Nigeria and get them shipped to your doorstep.
There are certain shops that are actually safe to buy things online from in Nigeria but many don’t know or… are probably scared of online shopping. About 70% of Nigerians prefer to buy stuff online because of the Pay-On-Delivery payment option some websites offer. Well, I don’t blame them, the rate of fraudulent activities happening online line is scary!
The fact that one of my close buddies lost all his money via a phishing website still haunts me to date! If you are not careful, you could even fall victim to what is known to be scam/phishing websites.
What is a phishing site?
A phishing website (sometimes called a “spoofed” site) tries to steal your account password or other confidential information by tricking you into believing you’re on a legitimate website. You could even land on a phishing site by mistyping a URL (web address).
Be very careful when choosing the site(s) you want to buy things from. In fact, if you have time… please read this article on how to detect a scam shopping website.
These shops ships items safely anywhere in Nigeria, doesn’t matter if you are in northern, southern, western or eastern Nigeria, you’d get your item(s) in less than 2 weeks! So, if you have some dollars to spend, these are the go-to websites for shopping for cheap items if you don’t trust the shops aforementioned.
Top Foreign Online Shopping Sites that Ship to Nigeria from Abroad (International)
1. AliExpress | www.aliexpress.com
AliExpress.com is an online retail service made up of small businesses in China and elsewhere offering products to international online buyers. It is owned by Alibaba. AliExpress is the most visited e-commerce website in Russia and was the 10th most popular website in Brazil.
It facilitates small businesses to sell to customers all over the world, and one can find almost anything for sale. It is more accurately compared to eBay, as sellers are independent, using AliExpress as a host to sell to consumers and other businesses.
If you browse some of the products on AliExpress, you’ll probably notice right away that many of the prices are really low and wonder why. There are two different distinct possibilities, both of which you’ll find in abundance on the site.
First, there’s the possibility that you’re buying directly from a manufacturer, which reduces the cost of selling to you. The second possibility that an item is extremely cheap is that it’s either counterfeit or fraudulent (or semi-fraudulent, as in the case of the Infinix Note 2 LTE).
But all the same, there are loads of products to shop on AliExpress — you’d find consumer electronics, mobile phones, gadgets, fashion items etc. They also ship to any part of the world.
If you are relatively new to shopping online on AliExpress, I think you should read the guide below for step by step guide on how to buy things there.
2. Gearbest | www.gearbest.com
GearBest.com is an online shop that specialises in consumer electronics, gadgets and men’s fashion. Their online catalogue is constantly expanding with the very latest and the coolest gadgets added every day to ensure you get your tech fix.
GearBest provides a wide range of affordable shipping options, with Free Shipping available to some countries. Just shop, receive and enjoy your order in style.
You can also enjoy comprehensive warranties including a 45-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. Most items are also covered by our one-year repair and replacement policy.
3. Amazon | www.amazon.com
Amazon.com is a popular American-based online shopping website that focuses on selling all kinds of gadgets, books, toys, accessories, computers, clothing and more. Amazon is one of the most trusted e-commerce platforms, in fact, it has been referred to as one of the world’s most valuable brands. Amazon is the grandfather of many new shopping sites, it is a source of inspiration and that’s why people see the others as Amazon alternatives.
A lot of items that are sold on Amazon.com are available for Nigerian customers and can be shipped to Nigeria. You can also find websites that offer discount codes for goods bought on Amazon. Perhaps, it’s important to note that the shipping fees are slightly higher than the previously listed shopping websites above and this is because your goods are transported to Nigeria using a highly secure and popular shipping line such as DHL etc.
This is because when you order products from AmazonGlobal for shipment to destinations outside of the U.S., an estimate of the Import Fees (“Import Fees Deposit”) may be levied on those items in your order. With your authorization, these funds are used by the carrier or another agent to pay the Import Fees on your behalf (or the recipient’s behalf) to the appropriate authorities of the destination. The payment of import fees is the responsibility of the importer and is levied based on the laws of the destination to which the products are being shipped.
That’s it! Now you’ve come to the end of my list of online shopping sites that ship to Nigeria. These two websites are the most reliable when it comes to delivery. In fact, I buy almost everything from them although, I will frequently update this article with other sites I will be using from time to time.
Based on your personal shopping experience, let us know what you think about the list I’ve compiled above. Which foreign sites do you buy things online, do let us know using the comment section.
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