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How to shop online on US stores from Nigeria

Updated on February 13, 2013

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Seen any product you like on an American online store? Love to buy a laptop, Ipad, Kindle Fire HD or the latest mobile phones? Want designer wristwatches, wedding rings, original dvds, digital cameras, playstation and so on? Yes, most of these famous products are available online at many US stores and you can get them in Nigeria if you want?

Online shopping is growing in Nigeria

There has been an increase of many Nigerian businesses going online and people are getting used to the idea of shopping online and expecting home deliveries for products. One good thing about how Nigerians shop online is that they make use of cash backed debit cards ratehr than credit cards so there is little worry about overspending beyond your budget on a card.

Shopping on US websites

Nigerians can also start shopping on US stores from Nigeria with the availabilty of Visa and Mastercard debit cards now readily available. With an internet connection, you can browse many online marketplaces, search for products and services and make your order. You can pay for hotel reservations, flight tickets and even order for goods to be shipped to Nigeria.

Problem with shopping from Nigeria at US stores

Due to past issues of fraud coming from Nigeria and other countries, most US stores like Amazon don't ship many products outside the USA and some territories and that means if you are shopping from Nigeria, you may only get access to only certain goods to Nigeria like dvds, tshirts, vhs tapes and books. However you can overcome that problem if you have a contact in the us who can help you forward the goods to Nigeria.

How to order from US stores from Nigeria

If you plan of doing online shopping from Nigeria and US stores are your target, then you would need the following things:

  1. A Visa or Mastercard in US dollars
  2. Internet connection
  3. A shopping account e.g. With Amazon
  4. A US shipping address

So when you have the above mentioned things, you can then browse any website you want and shop

How to ship to Nigeria

Assuming you would like to buy 10 pieces or even a single piece of laptop to Nigeria and bought them from a Toshiba or Sony website, it can be hard since most of those US websites don't ship to Nigeria but readily offer free shipping within the USA. How do you ship to Nigeria even after you Visa or Mastercard has been processed? Well here is what you can do:

  1. Get a US mail forwarding address
  2. Order for goods and ship to that US address
  3. Request for shipping to Nigeria and pay for shipping
  4. Expect delivery in Nigeria within 5 days

Tips for Shipping to Nigeria

  1. Try to ship per KG rather than small units since you pay a flat fee
  2. Buy in bulk to reduce shipping costs
  3. Shipping light items are less costly than heavy ones
  4. Reduce US local shipping cost by buying from a single seller eg. Amazon
  5. Track your shipping using the courier's online tracking service


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