It’s been 9 years since MTN launched the fastest growing money service in Uganda taking the biggest share of about 9 million. Today MTN mobile money offers a wide range of services from usual transactions( depositing, sending and receiving to its fellow’s users and bank accounts, withdrawing money ) to the payment of goods and services such as utilities, Cable T.V payments, betting among others.

During the mobile money month dabbed “enkolera”, MTN’s aim was to assess the progress of the service since its conception in 2009 and get back feed back from the users on how to improve this service together with mass sensitization on how its users could prevent the challenges they face during its use. Under this campaign, MTN then launched a new service where its users could now shop on Amazon and eBay using MTN mobile money as a payment option via GoodsExpress.

GoodsExpress is an online shopping platform that allows one to shop genuine merchandise from renowned retailer chains like eBay and Amazon at low costs and ship them into Uganda. We all know that it’s never an easy venture to Amazon and eBay do shipping to Uganda, therefore, GoodsExpress saves shopaholics the hustle of looking through several websites (online shopping sites) looking for what they need and later on search for the shipping and payment options. Well, GoodsExpress allows you to do all that at once without shifting to any other website. The shopping platform has been having the usual payment methods that are use of debit and credit cards or payment with cash but with this new option, we hope to more Ugandans embracing online shopping since mobile money is at their fingertips.

How does it work

For first time users, when one visits their site, one has to definitely sign up and continue with the shopping process that involves selecting the item, choosing the drop location and proceed to the payment methods. This presents you with either the option of paying with cash at the Goodsexpress offices at John Bahiba )Acacia)Avenue or Span house next to Workers house.

Or the new option of MTN Mobile Money.

For MTN Mobile Money, as usual the user shall go access the mobile money menu through *165#, option (4) for payments, then look for Option (12)- Goods and Services, fill in merchant code “GX” reference as his email address and then finally enter the amount and password after which the transaction shall be complete. The website shall automatically update the payment and item shall be ready for shipping.

“Simple procedure one can follow while making payment”

It’s that easy, no need to go to the bank to get that debit or credit card for you to shop from Amazon or even Bay and no need for you to move GoodsExpress offices and deliver that cash physically, all you need is to have a mobile money account and you are good to go. You also have your item shipped for free and delivered  to a location of your choice within 10-15 working days. Don’t forget there is a free cancellation and free international return shipping for those that complain about shopping websites gallery exaggeration.

The MTN mobile money month has come with other promotions such as receiving 30% bonus airtime for each airtime reload via mobile money, its has also given 5% discount to goods bought from kikuu among others showing how the biggest service provider is trying to give back to its customers.

Therefore, I think we are done with the excuses of I can’t shop online cause I have no credit or debit card, online shopping is complicated, the items can’t be returned. It has all been solved and made easier, sign up for mobile money account and get yourself items at affordable prices from Amazon and eBay with free shipping today.

By Wasajja Kimuli Julius