Online Shopping In Uganda: Here are the Top 10 Sites to get you started (Updated)

UPDATE:

We’ve written an up-to date article on the current top websites to help you shop online in Uganda.

This article was written in 2014. Since then, many things have changed in the e-commerce sector. Some of the stores mentioned below since closed shop or have seen some kind of transition into another product or brand. We had to restructure the article to account for the stores that closed shop or re-branded. Below is the old article with a few edits.

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You would think that Online shopping is a recent thing in Uganda that has become popular overnight which actually isn’t true. Online shopping in Uganda has been on a long and tough journey dating back to at least 8 years ago. All you have to do is Google “Online shopping in Uganda” and you will see many websites that attempted to engage in e-commerce in Uganda. Even Googling doesn’t do it justice; there are many other sites that tried and failed that Google will not show you. e-commerce and Online shopping have their own challenges and until those are overcome, the costs of entry into the e-commerce business will be very high and prohibitive not to mention the costs of operation.

Recently, Africa internet Holding/Rocket Internet Group injected considerable funding into multiple e-commerce startups across the Continent. We have seen the likes of Hellofood, Jumia, Kaymu launch in Uganda under Rocket Internet. Locally we know of TakeAwayUG, Home DUUKA, Shop 24/7 among others. Amidst all the skepticism, there are those who are braving the challenges by innovating and adapting. Below we show you in no particular order, 10 Online shopping Sites in Uganda that will help you get started.

1. Jumia

With probably more experience in the e-commerce and online shopping arena, Jumia operates in 6 African countries with a lot of documented success in Nigeria. They recently opened up shop in Uganda and are also fully functional. With an easy to navigate website. Aspiring to be your one stop online retailer, Jumia offers  a wide selection of products including but not limited to electronics, fashion items, home appliances and many more. They also have a dedicated Android App to help you shop while on your phone. To begin shopping on Jumia, this will help it includes how to and the links to their SOcial Media Pages and Android App.

2. Hellofood (Now Jumia Food) 

Hellofood (Now JumiaFood) the global food delivery chain also opened up shop in Uganda  early this year with one mission; to make it easier for you to get your favorite dish from your favorite restaurant without leaving your home or desk. We first wrote about them and later met the managing director for an interview about the service and how it works. We also used the service and we were satisfied with it.

The Classifieds

 1.  OLX 

 2. Vendito (Now Jumia Deals) 

3. Eyetrade

EyeTrade has been around for a while and are one of those people who stuck to E-commerce way before we had any infrastructure to fully support it as a business. Think of them as a Ugandan “Craigslist”; They do classified ads harnessing the power of community to help people buy and sell whatever they want. They have multiple categories and wide variety of products to choose from including but not limited to Real Estate, Agriculture, automobiles and electronics. In their own words, “we connect sellers with buyers for free. If you’ve got something you want to sell in Uganda, you can advertise it FOR FREE right here on our web site. If you are looking to buy something in Uganda, you can search through all items and contact the seller FOR FREE.”

 

Have Online Stores

1. Dondolo Shop

Dondolo is all about mobile phones and accessories. Even though they have other categories, unfortunately nothing is listed on them. They however have a good repository of refurbished and new smartphones that many would be interested in. One thing we don’t like is that they list items in dollars instead of shillings but other than that, they are functional and have an offline shop in town.

2. Paple Rayn Store

This is the most recent in the Ugandan e-commerce sphere. Previously operating on Facebook, Paple Rayn has no physical location and only shows off its products on Social Media letting people make orders online that are delivered after contacting the buyers. They recently launched their independent online shopping platform for all things fashion. The platform allows shoppers to browse through a variety of fashion items for both women and men with multiple international brands to select from.

Now Defunct Ugandan Shopping Websites

  1. Zidi.ug
  2. Shop247.ug
  3. Kaymu.co.ug (Merged with Jumia)
  4. Takeawayug.com
  5. Homeduuka.com
  6. Meka.ug

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