With the launch of 3G/4G services in Pakistan along with many other sectors the “e-commerce” industry witnessed a huge boom within a short period of time. Different companies as well as individual businesses were launched while selling various products and services via online channels (websites and Facebook). The most obvious online marketplaces in Pakistan are Daraz.pk and Yayvo. provide and Amazon-structured marketplace within the country. These companies made good repute for selling authentic products to the consumers who were resilient to this new trend of online shopping due to trust factor. Whereas, others don’t fulfill the criteria of reliable shopping stores and started selling fake products. In case of mobile phones, grey channel phones were started importing into Pakistan.
Be Aware: Online Stores Selling Fake Mobile Phones in Pakistan
There are two types of websites that are selling online mobile phones in the country:
- Non-Type Approved Mobile Phones (Grey Channel phones)
- Counterfeit Mobile Phones (replicas of original phones)
Let’s have a look at some of such websites/Facebook pages that are selling non-typed or counterfeit mobile phones in Pakistan:
iShopping.pk is also famous for grey channel smartphones. The website sells smartphones and other products without official warranty.
iShopping is also presently selling grey channel Xiamoi phones as the mobile company has partnered with SmartLink up till now to sell Xiamoi phones in Pakistan.
HomeShopping is also selling with and without warranty phones. But they only gives their own warranty which means that they sell grey channel smartphones. Whereas, HomeShopping offers mobile phones on installment basis; which is the reason customers get attracted towards it. They have mentioned it on their website that:
All Brand New Mobiles Phones being sold at HomeShopping.pk can be bought with or without warranty and the one under 1 Year HSN Mobiles Service Warranty shall cover the “Software” & “Hardware” faults the unit develops in the course of usage of your phone during the first year.
Be Aware Online Stores Selling Fake Mobile Phones in Pakistan
Some other names include:
- Zimruh Online Shopping Store
The list is long but we have just tried to cover some names here in order to keep the customers aware so that they may not become victim of fraud.
Few Things You Should Know While Doing Shopping Online in Pakistan
Every one of us must take care of these points:
- Buy from leading online stores only
- Never pay upfront to stay away from fraud
- Price comparison
- Confirm order over phone; don’t only rely on emails or messages
Important Tip: In case of smartphones, always try to buy from the official stores/websites of mobile companies like Xiamoi has its own online store in Pakistan: Xiamoi .
Online shopping is no rocket science and has a lot of perks; it is quick, accessible, saves time and super convenient. But we must do it while keeping in view above mentioned points in order to escape from frauds, grey channel phones and replicas.