People are resorting to online shopping due to the traffic chaos and busy lifestyle
While alluring Eid sales gaining momentum in regular shopping malls and other markets, online shops are increasingly attracting new customers through discounts and other offers.
Amid the traffic chaos on the streets and busy lifestyles, people are finding online shopping is an alternative to hazards and saves time.
Mehnaz Amberin, a student from Stamford University, has decided to buy products from online shops to avail herself of Eid offers.
She told the UNB: "I was always a little confused about buying products online as you do not know whether the websites are trustworthy or not. But once you are sure about the authenticity of the products, online shopping is the best way to shop with comfort."
She added that many online shops offer special discounts on a wide range of products, from clothes to make up and accessories on the occasion of Eid.
It is easier to get more desired products in one’s budget by availing oneself of the opportunity, Mehnaz said.
In the last few years, online shopping and business have gained popularity because of the use of social media platforms like Facebook. Not only are entrepreneurs using this platform for their businesses, but buyers are also depending on it to learn about various products.
Delta Medical College and Hospital student Farhana Sarkar Bristy said buyers can see user reviews on Facebook before buying any product online.
"Online pages describe their products on Facebook live and also offer discounts. This makes online shopping easier," Farhana said—adding that she also had a bad experience while buying some products online.
"But, you can always cross check the buyers and the products. Those who have shops or outlets and also provide e-shopping services are more trustworthy," Bristy said claiming that as various e-shops offer special discounts on products which also attract the customers to get into e-shopping.
Imran Hossain, operation manager of banglashoppers.com, told UNB that they attracted many new customers this season by offering discounts on their products ahead of the festival.
"We are receiving huge response from customers -- both inside and outside Dhaka-- during the Eid sale," he said.
Naa-shee Tanyeer, owner of an online boutique shop named Jhapi, said heavy traffic is one of the main reasons why people are converting to online shopping.
"Now people do not have enough time to visit markets and go through the shops to buy their desired products. They can find exclusive products online which might take a longer time to find in the market," Naa-shee said.
Before buying any product, customers should check the review about the page to learn about its authenticity, she added.
Muhammad Abdul Wahed Tomal, general secretary of e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB), said discount and special offers definitely help attract more customers.
"The volume of e-shopping has increased about two-fold this year, in comparison to the previous year. The number of e-shopping deliveries was around 10,000 per day last year, this year it has increased to 20,000 to 25,000. Ahead of Eid, the number of deliveries has reached around 40,000 per day," the e-CAB general secretary said.
As the e-commerce traders are improving their services, and varieties of products are also getting into the e-business, people are finding more interest in this sector, he said.