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Abanista Launches Mobile App To Ease Shopping

Were unveiling our first mobile app that allows customers to shop using their handsets to ease shopping on our platform. The app will allow users buy items online and price check the cost of their shopping. This follows the launch of our mobile-optimised site in 2019.

Customers can shop and amend an existing order before their delivery is due. The app also has an integrated Abanista Pay wallet enabling customers to quickly and conveniently make payments using Abanista Pay.

The launch is part of Abanista’s mission to offer customers an engaging, technology-led mobile shopping experience. With thousands of fantastic value homewares and fashion available in our online catalogue, this innovative way of shopping will make it even easier for customers to find exactly what they’re looking for.

The mobile app is now live on the Google Play Store and free to all customers. The iOS version will be available soon to customers on the iOS operating system.

What to find in the Abanista Mobile App?

You can now shop online, find offers, browse our full catalogue and take advantage of our different loyalty programs using the Abanista Mobile App.

How to get the Abanista App?

Customers can download the Abanista App onto their phone from Google Play Store and register, shop and amend an existing order or delivery slot up until 10pm the day before their delivery is due.

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How to Avoid Buying Counterfeit Products

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Customers on Abanista.com enjoy total protection from counterfeit goods since all of our products are sourced from well established distributors in Europe and USA.

If you’re trying shopping out there, there’s a growing risk that the brand you buy online and in the store is actually a fake. This article will guide you on how to protect yourself from fakes from retailers and online shops which may have no capacity to offer the same level of consumer protection as Abanista.

With more and more Ugandans now ordering gifts on online shopping websites, where fast shipping, variety, and easy price comparisons offer lots of convenience. There is a chance that you may end up with a fake product.

The chance of encountering counterfeits can be especially high if you buy through a street vendor from downtown Kampala or a little known retailer or online shop besides the brand or the authorized retailer.

For consumers, the risks of fake goods aren’t just financial—they may also present a threat to your health and safety.

Where as some online marketplaces are bound by a strict anti-counterfeiting policy that prohibits the sale of inauthentic products, still the best protection is to stay vigilant yourself. Follow the steps below to reduce the risk of purchasing fake goods.

How to Avoid a Fake

  1. Check the identity of the seller.

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    It’s usually best practice to buy electronic items, appliances, gadgets and branded ware from authorised retailers, licensed sellers and genuine brand outlets to eliminate the risk of counterfeit products.

    Many manufacturers of original products will supply information on who is selling their original products. Is the store you are buying from on the list of authorized dealers?

  2. Be wary of discounts.

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    Ask yourself if there is a realistic price difference between the product you want to buy and the price of the product sold by the original manufacturer. If the price is too good to be true, it is most probably true. Even a small discount may be a red flag, since more counterfeiters are charging almost as much as the real thing in an effort to trick customers.

  3. Search other consumers’ reviews.

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    Use Internet search tools to check whether other consumers have left any good or bad comments about the trader. Read these comments carefully,
    and keep a critical eye. Also look for reviews on the product you are purchasing.

  4. Pay attention to the packaging.

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    Flimsy packaging, Grammatical & spelling mistakes, Flawed fonts, logos, Omissions & mismatch could indicate that the product is fake.

    Brands generally put their logos on packaging, not just the products. So if the wrapping looks anonymous, that could be red flag.

    Also look for certifications, use-by dates, and attached warranties, which should arrive with the product.

    If the product has been opened, is missing a certification or guarantee stamp, if there are no instructions included, there’s a chance it’s a counterfeit

  5. Know the hallmarks of the real product.

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    Before you make your purchase, get familiar with the product’s appearance, including the brand markings and any unique details.

    Many manufacturers of fake products will try to make sight changes in the design and labeling to make their products look as if genuine, forexampe I’ve seen shoes labeled “MIKE” to trick unsuspecting buyers into purchasing them as “NIKE”.

    In some cases, you can verify the serial number through the manufacturer’s website. This is common of many original brands today.

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The Best Home Appliance Brands in Uganda

The Best Home Appliance Brands in Uganda

We have curated a list of the best home appliance brands in Uganda based on findings from the Abanista Consumer Survey. This list is updated every year.

BOSCH

Best in DIY Tools

RUSSELL HOBBS

Overall Best Home Appliances (Small Appliances Category)

KITCHENAID

Overall Best Kitchen Appliances

SQ PROFESSIONAL

Best in Rice Cookers

BREVILLE

Best Toasters

HINARI

Best in Steam Irons

PHILIPS

Best in Home Lighting Equipment

LLOYTRON

SALTER

Best Electric Kettles

TOWER

Best Pressure Cookers

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FINE ELEMENTS

Best Flasks & Food Containers

AMPLUS

HOMELIFE

COOKWORKS

GEORGE HOME

WILKO

Best Brand in Multi Cookers

VONSHEF

Best Omelletes Maker

GEORGE FOREMAN

ESSENTIALS

QUEST

NUTRI Q

SONY

Best Televisions

Prestige

Milestone

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Appliances for Your Home

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The Best Home Appliance Brands in Uganda

With so many available style, feature, quality and technology options, selecting the best appliances for your home can be overwhelming, even if you’re working with a design or building professional. Creating a design plan and conducting informed appliance research before you start shopping can ensure that you create a stylish, functional home for your family and lifestyle while remaining on budget.

  1. Know Your Space

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    The most basic thing for you to know when shopping for a new home / kitchen appliance is the space your new appliance will go in. Whether new construction or needing to fit an appliance into an existing space you need to know the height and width and depth of that area

  2. Know Your Budget

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    Have a budget and try to fit the appliance to your budget. As you become more knowledgable about the appliance you are looking for you will have a more realistic idea of what is reasonable to spend.

  3. Know Your Needs

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    When planning for your new home and kitchen, you’ll also want to take into consideration your family’s lifestyle and design it around the way you live and entertain. Be sure to make notes on not only how you currently use your kitchen but also how you might like to use it in the future. If you like to entertain, consider adding specialty appliances like a warming drawer or ice maker or installing a larger capacity oven. And busy families might want to add a speedcooking oven to save time. Drafting a comprehensive wish list will make it easier to match your needs and wants with appliance features once you start shopping.

  4. Do Some Research

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    Whether on your own or with a design professional, you will want to know the detailed specifications of the appliance to determine if they will be a good fit for you ergonomically or for the layout of your kitchen. For example, you may want to consider a range or oven with larger time and temperature displays, depending on the size of your kitchen. Or you may find that certain knobs, buttons and other tactical features offer greater accessibility. Reviews left by other users on different online stores can be helpful. If you can’t get these, your wish list will still be helpful in narrowing your search based on the features and specifications on the manufacturer’s websites.

  5. Take Your Time

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    When you’re buying appliances, its important to choose your retailer wisely. The sales representative you work with should be familiar with all the unique product features across multiple brands to aid you in your selection. Take some time off to do your personal research

  6. Shop The Sales

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    Finally, save yourself some money by shopping the season’s sales. Most stores have sales every week. In fact, you can track a store’s sale cycle so you always get the best price.

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A Step by Step Guide to Online Shopping in Uganda

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This guide will help you learn the basics of online shopping at Abanista Stores Uganda

1. Fill Your Shopping Cart

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Abanista sells a variety of items from electronics, household items and more offered in-store, through the online shop at Abanista.com and via the free mobile app on Google Play. When you find an item you would like to purchase, click the “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart” button next to the item and this will take you to the shopping cart

2. Add Your Coupon

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In the shopping cart you’re provided with an option to enter your coupon if you have one. Enter the shopping coupon and your discount will be applied automatically.

3. Create Your Free Account

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After you have added your items to the Cart and continued to the Checkout stage, you will be prompted during checkout to create a free account. An account allows you to save your shipping and billing preferences for quicker checkout on subsequent purchases, and gives you access to features like the wish list, where you can save items you would like to purchase later for yourself or share with friends and family.

4. Select Your Address and Payment Method

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The most popular way to pay on our online shopping portal is through Mobile Money. Other methods include Cash on Delivery, Cash on Collection, VISA, and Abanista Pay.

5. Place Your Order

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Select Place Order. You will be guided through the payment process. We will email you a copy of the invoice and a link to track status of your order.

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