Shopping Challenges in Pakistan

Shopping Challenges in Pakistan

I would be talking about online shopping challenges in Pakistan that might especially be of interest to the E-commerce business. And while I do that, I would also mention a bit of shopping done by visiting physical stores. So let's start off with the challenges I face while shopping here.


Online Shopping Challenges in Pakistan

For many years I was shopping from ASOS for clothes, shoes, accessories, and makeup. The only website I knew to offer international standard shipping to Pakistan that did not charge for delivery. This website lists high street labels as well as a few big brands in different categories. But then, Covid struck and this year the site started offering only express delivery. Delivery charges are now approx. 26 USD. Once the parcel reaches your doorstep, a hefty custom is further charged at around 31 - 62 USD, depending on the parcel's weight and value. This gets quite expensive on top of shopping for a minimum order value of approx. 39 USD. Unfortunately, we don't have the privilege of Amazon and eBay operating here. They ship a limited category and other items have significant shipping charges on them. A few more international websites offer express shipping as well such as Nordstrom, but with the same payment structure.

I then quit shopping from ASOS and then switched to AliExpress but only for hardly a few months. This site offers Chinese products. Since I am talking about premium shopping, I haven't seen any fashion brands. And brands in the beauty category are especially skeptical. I am saying this from my experience. I ordered Mizon, Laneige, The Ordinary, and some more k-beauty. The products came out fake even after checking their reviews, seller ratings, and direct communication. I don’t use local websites like Daraz because although it keeps a few international fashion and beauty brands, it does not stock the latest product ranges. Their prices for those brands are also high, and seller ratings and reviews are low.

After that, I thoroughly googled local websites that offer imported American and Korean beauty brands and shortlisted two. These websites import products from brands’ distributors and sell online. They also have authorized dealers of a few Korean brands. I gave one skincare website The Skin MASKuerade a try and the experience turned out to be excellent. It delivered in two business days, and the products were original and fresh from Korea.

I am not getting to shop for clothing and shoes as I used to from ASOS because of the unavailability of websites offering international brands. Finding the latest product ranges in fashion as well as beauty categories is a challenge in the region. Any international brands available here keep the stock that is from a year or two ago. But the good news is that a few very promising E-commerce businesses are emerging offering authentic international brands in almost every category. They are also offering very good customer service in major cities. This led me to try another website JOMO that had a good range of shoes. I ordered these boots that turned out to be extremely high quality and the customer experience was absolutely amazing. I have posted those shoes on my Instagram. Those boots turned out to be even better than all those I ever got from ASOS. Once I see more websites offering original fashion and beauty ranges I would shop from them and let you know my reviews. But what about shopping for them physically?


Shopping by visiting physical stores

We have brands like Mango, Next, Monsoon, H&M, ALDO, Diesel, and a few others. In a few shopping malls, more international brands are also there. Local shopping for Eastern wear is not an issue but shopping for quality and latest Western wear is. As the country is discouraging imports by taxing them, shopping for international products is relatively expensive for the consumers.

Most shopping in the country is of Eastern clothing for both men and women, followed by Western clothing. In the beauty category, consumers usually shop for makeup in Pakistan. Only recently a slight trend is being observed towards skincare. People are usually seen buying skincare kits of international brands including serums and moisturizers for instance. But this is to highlight that they do not have much knowledge of those products, especially the brands and the ingredients within. There is still less awareness and exposure of people to these brands because of no to low access to buy or have knowledge about them. In the makeup category, people usually buy whatever drugstore brands are available in the market e.g. L’Oreal, Maybelline, etc. A few new shops are supplying a very limited range of imported brands but at steep prices because of huge duties on them.


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25 comments:

  1. Ah that sounds like a challenge! Frustrating but also fun to find ways around this. Keep us posted.

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    1. yea my hunt round it is getting easier. I'm finding more local channels to deliver originals. And thanks for the very thoughtful comment! <3

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  2. I'd love to try more K Beauty! So can't wait to read that post when ready!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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    1. coming right up from now on. thanks for the support <3

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  3. Wow! I know the feeling of being bummed when something isn't able to be shipped to you. Glad you're starting to like K-beauty! Thanks for sharing x

    www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    1. yea i love it infact and also the only thing i use now. thanks for being here <3

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  4. props to you for blogging and keeping up a full time job! that's impressive. i find it to be rather stressful. that's why i may cut back to 2x a week instead of 3

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    1. on another note it seems i should be saying this about you. i post once a week, you do it 3x. wow! hands down impressed :D though I'm gonna try speeding up from now on. thanks a lot <3

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  5. K-beauty is the best! Can't wait to read that post soon xxx

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    1. it's gonna be more than one post from now onward. glad you dropped by! <3

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  6. This is so relatable for someone who lives in a small town in Kenya. It was nice of you to share your challenges ~Peshy xx

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    1. loved hearing it from your side too and connecting. thanks for the love <3

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  7. thanks peshy. also feeling great to get connected with you <3

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  8. Online shopping are becoming more and more available so I hope that it will be easier to buy nice stuff online ;)

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    1. aww thanks a lot! such kind words. i'm getting a lot of access to beauty products, shoes and accessories. But clothing is a huge challenge! i still can't find current websites here on that and that's why not getting to blog much about it recently. but i hope to do soon. xx <3

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  9. Such a pity that there are extra taxes that need to be payed for some of those products - hadn't heard about this ASOS site :)

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    1. It's a UK online retailer website btw. You can check that one out. Thanks for being here as always <3

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  10. This is such an insightful post! It sounds as though shopping leads to a lot of frustration and I hope that this will improve for you soon.

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  11. I hope it does too. I only need Amazon and all my problems will be resolved!

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  12. Wow! I never knew it was that difficult to get Western brands in other places. I guess I have never really thought about it. It's a bummer that shipping is so much but it sounds like you have found at least one good option? Hopefully. I will send good vibes your way about this! :)

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    1. hehe thanks i do need good vibes there. But i'll keep showing any great items i shop for. <3

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  13. That's a shame ASOS only offers express delivery & you have to pay customs as well. I've never shopped from AliExpress because so many products (especially beauty-related) are fake.
    That's great you found a few websites that sell high quality original products!
    That's good that there are some physical stores you can shop at, but I can imagine the prices would be on the higher side.

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    1. yea they are. ASOS experience was quite a bummer for me. But I keep looking out for options. Thanks Karalee <3

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  14. Wow, what a tough challenge! It sounds as if you're resourceful and will find ways around the limitations! Thanks for sharing, I had no idea.

    --Sue
    www.susanberkkoch.com/blog

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    1. yea i do keep finding ways around it. Thanks Sue <3

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