Be Aware: Online Stores Selling Fake Mobile Phones in Pakistan

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:

  1. Non-Type Approved Mobile Phones (Grey Channel phones)
  2. 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:

 

  • iShoppoing.pk

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

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
  • Clearance Sale

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.

Also Read: Pakistan Witnessing Effective Rise in Online Shopping Trend

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.

  • That’s really very bad. These kind of guys spoils the Pakistan online market. People still not believe in online shopping just due to these scammers even world has become to the new world of online presence. Online businesses are increasing rapidly as mostly of us prefer to buy things online in whole world instead of Pakistan. You should not quickly make a purchase without having studied the information about which online stores sell the necessary goods, who is its major supplier, who is the distributor, etc. Before you buy this product, you need to compare prices for it in different stores like edifice rafiqsonsonline(.com/product-category/casio/edifice/ and clarify the terms of purchase. For example, if it is necessary to order clothes via the Internet, it is necessary to study the assortment of at least 8-10 trading platforms that sell this product. It is best to allocate no less than 1-2 weeks for searching for the necessary purchase, as in this case there is a high probability that a sale will begin in one of the stores and the goods can be purchased with a good discount. Thanks

  • Gray channel products does not mean that they are fake or replicas also.
    You are only accusing in this video rather than providing any proof. I
    buy products quite frequently from online stores and have bought stuff
    from DARAZ, HOMESHOPPING, ISHOPPING & TELEMART and most of them sell
    Original GRAY channel products including Homeshopping and Daraz. All of
    them clearly mentions if the product comes with local Brand warranty or
    International warranty which clearly indicates if a product is from
    official channel or gray channel. Homeshopping gives there store
    warranty at an extra cost and that does not make the product official.
    Try to do some research before posting anything.

  • Actually shopkeepers and plaza owners are frightened due to increase trend of online shopping in Pakistan. Thanks to Daraz.pk Black Friday sale. These investors have invested millions in property to attract customers while charging 200 to 400% extra profit to recover their investment in 3 to 6 months. This results in significant increase in prices in Pakistan. Once prices are increased there is no way we can reduce them to normal. Online stores need no offices and fancy shops or plazas. They save rent and give discounts to customers from the market prices. Good for them as well as for their customers. Many times we receive fake mobiles, rewrapped second hand accessories and fake warranties from market shops such as Hafeez Center in Lahore. I think almost everyone of us is a victim. As as consumer we should be interested in items not in fancy shops and plazas.

  • No seller could be spared i ordered 4 items @yayvo.com since 22may17. 02 items out of 04 ordered items were received within 03 days one item received faulty which was returned under 7days return exchange policy whis is yet to receive back after exchange. 3rd item received on16jun17 and 4th item has yet to receive of my confirmed order.

  • You are biased, homeshopping.pk is not providing official warranty of xiaomi smart phones, so they are giving their own warranty just charging extra money, so their phones are also from grey channel, because smart link technologies are not giving them Xiaomi mobiles, they are arranging on their own and that is also a grey channel. I am sure that you are paid to write this article.

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