eMarkaz Stinks

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eMarkaz is an online store, a subsidiary of Urdu Point, An Urdu web portal that claims to be the largest Pakistan based Urdu website. They have a very good range of products available for your shopping pleasure. Specially if you are a non resident Pakistani, you would love their audio, video and books catalogues. I haven’t bought any thing from emarkaz and would love to hear from people about their expreinces with the Pakistani Amazon.

I can not understand, why every thing on sale at the emarkaz website is double the original market price. For example, Nokia 1112 mobile phone is on sale at emarkaz for Rs. 4900, while the same mobile phone is available for RS. 2700 in the market. (price taken from MobileZone’s website, actual market price could be even lower than that). eMarkaz claims free shipping so we can not say that they are charging 2200rs for shipping.

A Barbie Birthday doll costs Rs. 2950 on emarkaz. A few weeks ago I bought my neice the same Barbie doll for rs. 1200, from a local shopping mall. May be additional taxes and import duties are not included in these prices. If thats the case then why all made in Pakistan products such as books and CDs are nearly double the market price?

In the books section Ibn-e-Insha’s travelogue “chalte ho tu cheen ko chalyay” is available for RS. 495. I bought this book a few months ago for RS. 120 in hardcover and white paper. This book is also available from Sang-e-Meel publishers at the same price. The actual publisher’s price mentioned in the book is RS. 150.

Nearly five days ago I wrote them an email asking about the prices but they did not reply. If any one of you is going to buy any thing from eMarkaz, be very careful.

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