Frequently Asked Questions - Vendors

If you want to start selling beyond the borders of South Africa and break into a market that is untapped then you are at the right place.

Our neighbours like Namibia are limited when it comes to shopping online in South Africa and we have closed this gap. It is like trading in the old days, where we buy a specific product from you for the shopper and deliver it to their doorstep.

Shoppers have a wide variety of interests that have to be catered for, as some want to buy a unique, handcrafted decor piece, a cool trendy gadget or the farmer that needs a specific product to keep on farming.

All of this is exactly what the marketplace wants to achieve, is to help shoppers find what they are looking for from vendors that have a variety of products.

The 2 options that you can choose from is either a FREE option which has no monthly subscription fee but a higher commission percentage and the STANDARD option which has a monthly subscription fee with a lower commission percentage.

The following may not be sold on our market place due to licence requirements, rules and regulations of both local and cross-border authorities or outside the scope of the category list of the marketplace;

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco 
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • All live animals and livestock or related products as a result thereof
  • Illegal drugs
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Pornography
  • Farm produce
  • Wheat, maize and cereal or related products
  • Perishables including meat but not limited too
  • Used pneumatic tyres
  • Raw hide and skins
  • Diamonds and gold
  • Live plants and products
  • Honey
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Anything not approved by the marketplace

There might still be some products that need to be reviewed for approval by the marketplace before you may sell iron our marketplace such as;

  • Imported products into SACU that are not normally locally available
  • Branded products that are governed by distribution and resale agreements
  • Products that might be classified as prohibited and restricted or related to products that may not be sold on the marketplace
  • Designed, handmade or crafted products that are outside the scope of the category list of the marketplace
  • Products that are once-offs and no continuity have a negative influence on the marketplace

All products of vendors that are in line with the concept and vision of the marketplace. Where it is of good quality, trendy, innovative or locally made and falls within the scope of the category list of the marketplace.

The success of the marketplace will mainly be determined by the variety of products, the shopper and their shopping experience. 

The marketplace therefore are obligated to ensure that the standard of compliance is met and to not negatively impact the existence of the marketplace and co-vendors through bad reviews, sub standard products and service delivery.

It is all about co-existence and the marketplace it where shopper and vendors can collaborate to their hearts content.

Our back office will notify you via e-mail with the detail of the sale and how the purchase should be routed for delivery.

No, the vendor does not have to arrange for the delivery directly to a shopper in South Africa. We have contracted a service provider that will take care of this. Once the order is ready and the portal has been updated, a collection will be arranged with the service provider. We will prepare the waybill and email this to you beforehand. 

Should it be that the shopper qualifies for a free delivery because of the purchase value, this will be recovered from the weekly payout to you.

The delivery of a purchase made by a shopper in Namibia will be routed and delivered to our processing facility. We do not cater for collections from any courier services or counter collections. All deliveries should be delivered to us. 

We are responsible for co-ordinating the final stage of the delivery process to the client’s doorstep in Namibia.

The sale transaction has to be updated from “product sold” to “product shipped”. This will require from you the vendor to capture the shipping info such as the date shipped and the tracking number.

Our back office will also verify and track the shipment to monitor the delivery  and push notifications to the shopper. 

Failing to update the sale transaction will result in a payment delay.

There will be releases for payments twice a week to allow for the pay gate service provider to handle and clear the payment. 

We need to protect both parties involved in the sale process against fraudulent or failed payments. 

We do understand that you would like to get paid before shipping, but this will be against our policies and the lead time from ordering to final delivery will increase. This will result in an unfavourable shopping experience and the shopper might not return for a second purchase.

This way of transacting will give us the edge over other marketplaces which normally settle vendor accounts once a week.

The commission that we will claim from you the vendor on the total transaction value will be either 10% or 7% depending on the subscription option selected. 

Total transaction value will typically mean the product cost including VAT. This will be deducted when making the payment to your bank account. The monthly subscription fee of R75 is payable in advance.

Once the verification process is completed and your account has been activated, you will have access to the store setup on our portal.

We have made resources available to assist you with that, you can view how to do the setup and load your products. You can either add the items individually or we can assist by scanning your site and upload the information to your store profile. There will be a cost involved to assist you with the setup.

Social media is a great medium to showcase and share your products. 

We take care of the marketing and advertising campaigns using all the social media channels to reach out to a specific consumer audience. 

You are most welcome to link us to any of the social media profiles that you have already setup for exposure.

Feature weeks will be specifically used to promote products in a certain category or a theme. You will receive an invite to participate which is optional for which we will charge an affordable fee.