A group of London based entrepreneurs have launched Kenya’s first online auction website, ZabuniSoko.com, an e-commerce platform where users can browse, buy and sell products online. The site allows entrepreneurs to set up their own online stores, and the general public to buy goods at discounted prices or sell new and second-hand items for extra cash.
ZabuniSoko.com makes it very easy to buy and sell goods – users can simply purchase products by winning a bid and paying the seller directly, or sell any items they no longer need. The site charges a minimal listing fee and a final commission on the successful sale of the product. Buyers can pay Sellers directly via various means including cash, mobile payment with M-PESA, YU CASH, Airtel ZAP and Orange Money. Kenya is the world leader in mobile payment solutions and was originally pioneered by Safaricom, a Vodafone owned company.
Anticipated as the most exciting e-commerce web development in Kenya this year, ZabuniSoko.com hopes to create lots of opportunities in the country, both for entrepreneurs who don’t have the means of opening up shop or developing their own websites, and to anyone who wants to save or make money by buying or selling products online.
Paul Kungu, ZabuniSoko’s Marketing Manager comments: “Online auction sites have proved extremely popular in America and Europe by allowing people to be in control – anyone can become a ‘seller’ of an item that has been lying around the house for ages or buy something much cheaper than anywhere else – everyone loves a bargain! And this is why we are so excited to be able to bring this incredible platform to Kenya with ZabuniSoko.com.”
He continues: “We believe this will be a powerful mechanism in helping drive Kenya’s growing economy forward in particular for entrepreneurs who can start out by setting up an online store on the site at very affordable rates.”
He concluded by saying that the company expects ZabuniSoko to be “just as successful” as the US and England versions.
ZabuniSoko is a company founded by Ortegra, a company specializing in helping entrepreneurs develop their online business idea into a revenue generating enterprise, working as partners every step of the way to ensure initial and on-going growth and success. ZabuniSoko was created to help empower the Kenyan public and also embrace mobile payment solutions by offering a service whereby anything can be sold by anyone at anytime and delivered to any place.
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