Steps to Online Shopping in Libya

credit-card-online-shoppingLast Week, my uncle asked me about online shopping when I was checking my email on my laptop . His question was simple “How to buy products online?”.  For a moment, I said that you could asked me this question 10 years ago. However, I realized that many Libyan people do not understand what is Online Shopping.

Outside Libya, the rest of the world, has been using the online shopping for over than two decades. Libya could establish the Online Shopping if it provides the basic requirments. The next steps are to show you how Libya could success and thrive in this section:

1- First step is we need the internet connection:LTT

LTT (Libya Telecom and Technology) is the only local internet provider in Libya. People complain about the speed and monthly limitation for downloads. Yes, they are right. The internet is not fast and it’s too bad and the worst in the world according to some statistics. The internet connection is really bad for video streaming and downloading. However, for browsing, it’s good. For browsing some online shopping websites (Amazon and Ebay) is perfect. Therefore, the first step we already have it.

2- Second Step is the electronic payment: credit-cards_2007247b

When it comes to payment, the issues start to flow. Most Libyans do not have any type of online payment. Electronic payment is how you pay money without real money or paper check. Electronic payment include credit card or Debit card (Visa, Master Card, or American Express). In the last three years, some Libyan banks start providing some method of electronic payment, such as مصرف التجارة والتنمية. So, to be able to do shopping online, you have to have one of these cards. You can get one for internet use only.

3- Third step is the Shipping company: Fedex

To be able to receive your product that you bought  online, you need someone to deliver it to you. Here is the big problem in Libya. There’re not shipping companies in Libya. In other words, we don’t have a reliable institution to deliver the product wherever you are. The are some international companies, such as Fedex, DHL, and UPS. However, there are limited in terms of delivery directly to you.The best company now is Aramex. I made an account with them, but it’s too expensive to use.

4- Fourth step is your address:location

Your address is your location. Your main address is you home address. If you want to receive your products, you need to provide your address. There’s no address in Libya. Yes, many people from outside Libya ask me about my address, Unfortunately, we don’t have. The address is so simple. It contains your home number, your street name, your neighbor name, and your city. The government said that is going to make address for every house in Libya. When?? I have no Idea.

So, In order to be able to enjoy shopping online, you need all these steps. Now, people use the internet and their cellphones number in order to sell or buy something. The other steps are missing.Libya people start their own online shopping using social media. I’ve seen a lot of people sell their stuff on Facebook by providing the product image and some information and his/her cell phone. This is the easiest way to shop online in Libya right now. These steps is for convince shopping. wait for the future. I’m sure it’s better.

What do you think about Online Shopping in Libya now? and How it’s going to be active? Let me know your opinion.