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Published: 05 July 2018 Hits: 6 Selling on Konga or Jumia is VERY easy. All you need to do is find a product with good demand, list it on Konga or Jumia, and it will eventually sell because their audience and reach are VERY vast. I start selling on Kong

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Selling on Konga or Jumia is VERY easy. All you need to do is find a product with good demand, list it on Konga or Jumia, and it will eventually sell because their audience and reach are VERY vast.   I start selling on Konga & Jumia last year and have successfully sold and shipped over 250 different products nationwide without a single review. BuyMart sales on Konga & Jumia have exceed a million naira. This is a business I started with just #10,000 in 2017.

BUT AND A BIG BUT I MADE A BIG BET like nairabet and the other gambling companies I DI NOT KNOW 

To be completely honest with you, the store was just an experiment. I don’t have a business plan or any business continuity plan in place. I was just having fun and never take it serious from the onset. I was playing around on the internet risking my money and enriching internet service providers but something change midway, I started getting bank alert for little effort. All I have to do is just a basic homework, buy the products, ship it to Nigeria, list them on Konga and Jumia, they do the marketing and advert, ensure I get sales, give them the product to deliver to customers and I get bank alert for successful delivery.

Becoming a seller on Konga and Jumia is VERY simple and with simplicity comes low barriers of entry which is very bad for any business. There are ton of competition because Konga & Jumia are getting flooded with bunch of me too sellers.

So what are the dangers of selling on The Two Biggest if it is very easy to sign up as merchant on the platform and start selling to millions of customers daily?

  • DELAY PAYMENT – They are actually working on improving their payment system but nothing is as good as collecting your money immediately after sales. Jumia pay merchants for successful delivery on a weekly basis depending on your payment day of the week sha whereas Konga credit your wallet after successful delivery and the expiration of your return policy. God save you, you use 30 days return policy.
  • Your product becomes Commodity – Every business must have a unique selling proposition but the moment you register as merchant to sell on any marketplace you will lose your USP. Your product becomes a commodity, every Jack and Jill can also register on the same platform to sell the same products at a cheaper rate. The challenge is, Nigerians are usually price conscious.  They will abandon your store for another store with cheaper price for the same product.
  • Competition – Other sellers will copy you in selling the same product. If you happen to be selling a fast-moving products the chance of the platform selling the same products is high. We all want to make money, so if you are using my platform to sell a product and you are making good money, what stop the platform owner from selling the same product.  Remember, they are also into the business of buying and selling. We all want to make money and good profit. Just be READY.
  • Pricing War – Marketplace is a battleground. Everyone want to win. Everyone want to sell and make money, so all sellers start a rat race of winning the customers with the cheapest price per product. Some sellers start selling counterfeit or fake product on the platform to beat their competitors in the marketplace to the price game. Buyers ignorantly head towards the cheapest price because they believe they are getting the best deal for the same product.
  • Product Title, Image & Description – Whether you like it or not other sellers will hijack your product listing to sell their products. They will ripped off your product photos and descriptions to list their product on the same platform. To make situation worse, they will be selling at a cheaper rate. So whatever you do, just be ready.
  • Fees & Commissions – The house always wins. The marketplace will always have superior hand over other sellers on the platform if you sell identical products because they will charge you commissions for using the platform. The marketplace (Konga & Jumia) are also in the business of buying and selling products like every other sellers on the platform. Competing with the marketplace owner for the same product on the same platform owned by them will lead you to bankruptcy.
  • Customers – People that buy from your store in the marketplace are not your customers, they belong to the marketplace. The marketplace have their details and can market other products on the platform to them anytime, anyway, anywhere and any day.  The marketplace is only lending you their customers to transact business with.
  • Return Products – No seller love to have customers return what they purchase but it happens for several reasons. The customers might change his/her mind because of delay in delivery or for whatever reasons best known to the customer. The dangers of having return products on Konga is that it will affect your store visibilities on the platform whereas on Jumia return products takes FOREVER. You need to fast and pray before you get your return products on Jumia. Make sure you have enough products before you start selling on Jumia or else you are heading out of business.
  • Store Suspension – One of the major risk of selling on Konga or Jumia is that they can delist, suspense or delete your storefront anytime on their platform. If your business depend on the platform 100 percent what happen to your business when they delist or suspense your store.
 
THEY DONT JOKE THIS IS THEIR BUSINESS MODEL AS THEY HAVE THOUSANDS OF SELLERS READY TO TAKE YOUR PLACE WHO HAVE NO IDEA OF THE  FAR CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES 

Konga will suspend your store on their platform if:   

  • You cancel orders
  • You didn’t pay commission of your self-fulfilled orders at due date.
  • Your store have many orders in arbitration
  • You sell counterfeit products
  • You are fraudulent.

Jumia will suspend your store on their platform if:

  • If you cancel orders
  • If you don’t process and ship your orders within 4 days
  • If Jumia cancel your orders due to delay on processing your orders
  • If your order cancellation rate exceed 30% in a week
  • If your order cancellation rate exceed 20% for 3 weeks
  • If your order cancellation rate exceed 10% for 2 out of 3 weeks.

Moral of the story & Conclusion

These companies can close your store on their platform for any reason, including but not limited to complaints of any kind, order cancellation, policy violations that may not be valid or eliminating you as a competitor to make higher profits.

Well, don’t panic yet, starting your ecommerce business there (marketplace) is a good idea because you need to build your brand and your potential customers already trust established brands like Jumia and Konga, so leveraging marketplace platform and brand in building your customer base and online store is a good idea.

You can only get good returns on your investment when you own the platform instead of borrowing it. Owning the platform allows you control your customer unboxing experience.

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