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 is here, except in Mauritius. And with the addition of Mauritius in the list of Paypal (posted by Josh), there will surely be a boost in e-shopping among our Mauritian fellows but not necessary within Mauritius, at least, not for now.
SBM and MCB have introduced e-banking since quite long but while trying out SBM’s Internet Banking, I found that their online system and even security logging system sucks, at least, for SBM’s. Because of a browser crash, I had no other option than to wait for the system to automatically kick me out before I can log 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 don’t think we have the appropriate laws and judicial structure to cater for cyber crime or eCommerce yet. Just 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!
More on Express
- Also, i don’t 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 don’t 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
So, are you ready to use your credit cards for some online shopping within Mauritius?