The largest shopping mall in the world is operating all round the clock, millions of potential customers constantly on the move comparing prices here and there and placing their orders, which can take a few hrs to a few days before their delivery to the other end of the world.
Recently, someone told me that it took only 1 week for his newly acquired a laptop battery bought from ebay, to be delivered here in mauritius.
The Concept of the world as a small global village (or la ville, attention ena dimounes frustrer) is here, except in Mauritius.
The addition of Mauritius in the list of Paypal (posted by Josh) will surely boost e-shopping among our Mauritian fellows but not necessary within mauritius, at least, not for now.
e-banking has been introduced since long by SBM or MCB.
I tried SBM Online (guessed they stole the word online from ÑƒÎ±Ñ•Ð½Î±kuÎ· OÎ·liÎ·e, hihi ), it works great but their security logging system sucks.
While playing with the system, my browser crashed and when u try to re-login into the system, u cant, koz, u had not properly logged off.
As a consequence, u have to wait for the system to kick you out, after some time, perhaps after 15-30 mins to be able to sign in again!
As reported in Express today, we are not ready to include e-shopping in our culture, but i think that it is not only our fault.
Mauritius, being a small island, surrounded by …[blabla], i find it rather difficult to introduce e-commerce, at least not immediately.
- I dont think we have the appropriate laws and judicial structure to cater for cyber crime or ecommerce yet.Iust to quote, the mauritian hacker of the Government Portal was freed of all charges since his case was hanging in court for more than 2 years!
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- Also, i dont think that our ISPs or even authorities to have the required expertise to track down users yet.
Some simple examples:
- Nomad itself has some modems wandering around in mauritius, being used freely since months, without anyone knowing it lol
- Frequent billing problems in telephone bills for adsl or myT users may also prove the lack of organisation at some part in the structure.
So, i doubt that they are ready to take such a challenge yet.
- Most important issue, which will be most difficult to overcome is our daily culture and ways of getting things done.
You may be one of the highest modern/hi-tech person in mauritius, but i think you would prefer to spend some time looking for your items in a hypermarket than buying it online, just for the pleasure of spending some time with your family or without the work stress.
For many of us, doing our first e-shopping would be simply fun, but i dont think that we would do it for long, specially if it concerns something that can be easily bought from our hypermarkets or retailers.
On the other hand, e-buying a domain or hosting online or even books (mo pas lire), will be something nice in which i would be very much interested and encourage others to do.
Take your credit cards out,
2day, we gonna shop online!
would u do it?