‘Consumers can now buy the latest electronics online, and also earn while re-using and recycling their electronic waste. Unwanted gadgets quickly get relegated to the back of the cupboard in favour of newer models or even worse, end up in the gadget graveyard contributing to the 100,000 tons of e-waste that South Africa generates annually. Make some extra cash in time for the festive season, while doing the environment some good and sell your unwanted electronics online instead,’ says Gary Novitzkas about Kalahari.net’s eco-friendly solution to the escalating issue of e-waste.
Kalahari.net has introduced electronics as a category to their marketplace and will also provide a portal to sell and buy second-hand electronics. This online trading platform within the website provides South African consumers and traders a safe and secure online environment to buy and sell new as well as used books, CD’s, DVD’s, games and now also electronics. Already there are great deals to be had on everything from iPhones, iPads and iPods to flat screen TV’s, computer accessories and even computer memory.
Gary Novitzkas, the General Manager of Customer Experience at kalahari.net says, ‘South Africa’s consumer electronics devices market i.e. the market for computing devices, mobile handsets and video, audio and gaming products, is projected at R43bn in 2010, and the launch of the electronics category on kalahari.net marketplace provides numerous benefits to both the traders and to consumers to tap into this market.’
Really simple upload process
kalahari.net has made the upload process really simple. Sellers register and their banking details are verified. Once this step is complete, they upload their products by entering the name of the electronic gadget, or by entering the product barcode. The system searches for the product and once matched, the seller nominates a price that he or she would like to sell the item for, as well as the delivery method (courier or postal service) and product/service comments. Sellers can also bulk load items using a template file. Once uploaded, the item is automatically live on the kalahari.net website.
New and used items available
A buyer browsing kalahari.net has the option of buying a new item or a used item from registered sellers on kalahari.net’s marketplace. If the buyer selects the used item, the money paid by the buyer is held in kalahari.net’s escrow account until the buyer confirms receipt of the purchase. Once this is done, the money is paid directly into the seller’s bank account. This makes it the safest way to trade online.
What makes kalahari.net’s marketplace different is the fact that they ensure buyer satisfaction by keeping the funds until the buyer received the product and confirms that it is in the condition that the seller advertised. Unlike other websites, once a product is purchased it is automatically removed from the website, which means that the only products that customers see are those which are actively available.