What if I told you that importing gadgets such as phones, laptops, etc from the USA was easier than you thought? I know some gurus must have requested you to pay a ransom to learn how.
But here is the good news.
You are about to learn a life-changing skill for FREE!
Trust me, if you apply everything that I am going to reveal to you in this blog post. You should be making 6 figures or more in no time. But here is it, you have to put in the work!
Now Let’s Start
Ever heard of classified websites like OLX, Jiji.ng amongst others making waves in Nigeria? You must have used them before.
Now, these types of classified websites are not only found in Nigeria alone. Other countries have their own and they function just the same way ours work.
Perhaps, you’ve never heard about classified websites like OLX, they are website where anybody can easily publish classified ads related to many different categories like buy-sell, matrimonial, services, real estate, vehicles, etc.
On these sites, you get to see items at a cheaper rate.
List of USA Classified Websites
But before you start exploring these sites, there is something I would want you to get familiar with.
On these sites, you will get to see iPhones, Samsung phones, Huawei and many other phones at a very ridiculously cheap price. Don’t be surprised to see a Samsung S8 at $150 and some sellers might even sell for $100, depending on the condition of the phone.
Also, these sites are location sensitive. Just like our local classified Ad websites like OLX, Jumia market and so on. So it is important to note where the seller is and where your agents are.
To trade successfully with someone in the United States, you need to have a legit agent who will serve as a middle man for you. These agents are Nigerians in the US and they are 100% legit. I will list a few of them soon.
Dealing with people on the site can be tricky as you are not in the US. But you shouldn’t tell them that you are in Nigeria and you shouldn’t tell them you are using an agent. Just negotiate as normally with the seller. And make sure you don’t use your personal picture as your DP on these sites. You can use that of a random item.
Before you proceed with checking out offerup.com, you need to download the Puffin Browser on Playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cloudmosa.puffinFree&hl=en
Once you have downloaded the browser,
- Log into your Facebook on the puffin browser.
- Visit offerup.com and register with Facebook.
- So once you continue with Facebook, it will log you into the system.
- (To change your profile picture) Go to my account
- Click on Settings
- So once you have changed your profile picture, you are ready for the next step.
If you have any difficulty creating an account with offerup.com, I will advise you get a VPN from the play store.
Then the next thing is to search for the gadgets you want to buy using the search box. Remember to use the location of the agent to search for deals.
Once you are able to spot a great deal, read the descriptions and check the pictures if it is in good condition. If you are okay with the features of the phone. Then the next thing is to message the seller and you need to go straight to the point.
Something like this: “Can your S8 go for $200? I’m available to pick it up right away” Be reasonable while pricing so they don’t report you.
Don’t price a $200 item for $30.
Unless say you be confirm ijebu! Na joke oo!
Once you guys have agreed, they might want to know when you are ready to pick up. Just tell them you are doing so right away.
Things To Know Before Buying
The carrier of the phone/gadgets and if it’s unlocked. If it’s not unlocked, make sure you note the carrier. It is important to ask about the condition of the phone. If it has a crack and asks to see the actual photo as you chat with the seller.
If it’s an iPhone, make sure you request for an IMEI and go to IMEI checker to confirm if the phone is on https://iunlocker.net/check_imei.php.
PLEASE NOTE THE “FIND MY PHONE” option must be put off when you search for the IMEI.
***Don’t buy any iPhone no matter the price without confirming the IMEI You should, by all means, avoid deals that offer shipping or CashApp or PayPal. You should only go for drop-offs or pickups.
Paying & Picking Up Your Goods
Once you have finalized your deal with the seller, you send the details to your agent, who will then request the availability of the item/gadgets. You will be asked to pay into the agent’s bank account in Nigeria. Payment will depend on the exchange rate at the time.
When chatting with an agent, go straight to point.
These are the information they need from you:
- The name and model of the item/gadgets you want to order
- Agreed price
- The name in your profile
- The public address the seller gave you
- Carrier of the phone and if it’s unlocked or not Imei of the phone if it’s an iPhone
- Link of the Deal
- The agent will inform you if the distance is closeby and if there is a red flag in the deal before asking you to make payment.
Once the deal is a success, your item will be shipped to Nigeria. If not, you will get a refund.
Trust me, you are safe with the agents I will share with you. (Get Agent List Here)
If successful, shipping to Nigeria takes 5-7 days.
The agents have Lagos officers, so you will be notified once the item gets to Nigeria. If you are not in Lagos, they can waybill it to you anywhere in Nigeria, at an extra cost of course.
Always make sure you always buy high-end products/gadgets like iPhones (7 and above), Samsung (S8 and above), Mac Books Avoid phones like Oneplus, Huawei, ZTE, LG, Google Pixel. Please note that the information in this guide is for learning purpose and since you are dealing with humans you need to use your discretion.
Thank you for reading through. I’ll be glad to hear your thoughts on this topic in the comments section! Your opinion matters.