10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping in Pakistan

Please read the following tips before shopping from any online shopping store in Pakistan. Online shopping is becoming very popular and common in Pakistan but it is not as much safe and secure as in the developed countries. Moreover, there is no proper legislation for these stores and mostly these are not approved from any government authority. So, it is advised to take precautionary measures to prevent yourself from any tension. 

Online Shopping Tips

Buy from a Known and Trusted Seller/ Store

Always prefer to buy online from a well known, famous and trusted store. You can find helpful information about online companies on the internet and can also read reviews.

Get Complete Product Details

Make a call or use chat or email to get all the details about product e.g. brand, model, features, size, country of origin, date of manufacturing etc. Also, ask them the expected delivery date.

Warranty, Return, Refund and Delivery Policy

Ask your store for delivery, return or refund policy and any extra charges associated with it. Also ask for a repair, warranty and return policy, terms, and condition.

Keep Records and Receipts Save

Print or save electronically receipts and records of your online transactions to keep a record of delivery dates and as reference for use in future in case of any mishap.

Visit Local Market

Before ordering a product from an online shop, you must check its availability and price from your local market. Sometimes the same item is available in a market near to your home. In this way, you can save yourself from the hassle of purchasing on the internet, waiting for delivery and refund in case of any damage.

Also Check Prices in Other Online Shops

It is also a very good idea to check the price from other online stores because there may be a difference in prices on different stores and you can get a good deal. Some stores announce a sale on its items time to time while some offer discounts when you get their products in the bundle offer. 

Privacy Policy

Read the privacy policy of the merchant and make sure that they will not use your personal information (e.g. Name, Email, Address, Phone Number, Credit Card Number etc) to any third party unnecessarily. Also, provide them only that information which is necessary. 

Use Secure Internet Connection

If you are making payments via credit card, look for https:// before website address and/or lock sign on the transaction page. This shows that the website is secure for online transactions. Look an example of secure browsing in the image below.

Never give your financial or personal details via email.
Never use a public computer or internet cafe for online shopping.
And always log out after doing the needful.
Always use an updated version of a good Anti-Virus Program.

Inspect the Product (as soon as possible)

If you purchased via "Cash on Delivery", inspect the product before paying for it. And if you found any problem in the product, contact the representative of the respective store for refund or return.


  1. Speaking of apps, those who shopping from smartphones and tablets, need to be especially careful. Do not use public Wi-Fi, Use only secure connections and also work with apps from trusted sources. Lock devices with a password so data is protected even when your phone is out of your hands.

  2. Very informative and interesting post. As online shopping trends in Pakistan are increasing on one side, chances of scam are also increasing therefore there is a need to be more cautious while online shopping in Pakistan. There are a few websites like symbios, shophive, daraz and http://www.azmalo.pk which have built their credibility in Pakistani online market within very short period of time.

  3. As online shopping trend in Pakistan, Very Very Informative information. thanks

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