| Danial Norjidi |
A NEW online marketplace, Ezicliq, has made its way to the web, offering Bruneians a platform upon which they can buy and sell all kinds of goods, both brand new and second hand.
Launched on January 1 this year, Ezicliq is designed in such a way that anyone can sign up as a seller, and can accommodate entrepreneurs and companies as well as people who are less business-inclined.
The company behind Ezicliq is Kobena Niaga Tritium Enterprise, whose Executive Director Melanie Hj Hamdan and Founder Haidzir Hamzah explained that the platform allows not just businesses but everyone to sell goods, be they brand new or second hand.
“What we wanted to do is help locals start their own businesses by offering this platform with a free basic plan for them to get started. Now we have a web-based e-commerce market place as well as a mobile and tablet application for all Android devices.”
Sellers who register can list all kinds of products online, from computers, watches, laptops, mobile phones and tablets all the way to home appliances, sunglasses, handbags, perfumes, toys and many more.
The items on offer are put on auction starting at a price set by the seller, while those who wish to buy the price outright can do so by paying a specified amount.
Payment for items made in various ways: via official supporter PayPal, direct bank transfer, cheque payment or cash on delivery.
When registering, users can select from five monthly membership plans, one of which is free, while the other four are paid.
The free membership plan allows users to sell products online, though they can only display a maximum of five items, and are required to pay a five per cent charge for PayPal transactions made on their products.
The paid Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum membership plans cost US$50, US$98, US$113 and US$166 respectively, and allow users to display 80, 300, 800 and 200 items, along with four per cent of PayPal charges and various other upgrades.
In their online application forms, for verification purposes, sellers who register are required to either upload their ICs or their business certification respectively, depending on whether or not it is a personal account or one for a business.
So far, 30 applications have been submitted, with 13 fully registered, while the remaining number still need to complete their verification before they can start selling.
The creators of Ezicliq have a big dream for the platform, hoping to see it become a success not just locally but globally, and it is already available for use by buyers and sellers not just in Brunei, but also for those in other countries in the Asean region.
In addition to creating the platform, the developers are also offering free tutorial classes to users every day from Monday to Saturday at 4pm-6pm and 7pm-9pm.
Ezicliq can be accessed online at www.ezicliq.com, and can also be downloaded as an app on the Google PlayStore, while it will also soon be available on the Apple Appstore.