Used goods get a thumbs-up in Oman

Youth tempted to get rid of their old gad­gets

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - VINOD NAIR MUS­CAT, SEPT 16

The used goods mar­ket in Oman has picked up in re­cent years largely on the strength of so­cial me­dia plat­forms, which give cus­tomers enough op­tions to ver­ify the qual­ity of prod­ucts.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, in Oman the main de­mand has been for used cars fol­lowed by home fur­ni­ture, and home ap­pli­ances such re­frig­er­a­tors and mi­crowaves.

Prod­ucts were sold tra­di­tion­ally through clas­si­fied pages of news­pa­pers and li­censed shops.

While such shops still re­main, clas­si­fied sec­tions have given way to on­line ap­pli­ca­tions such as Olx, Face­book groups and In­sta­gram.

Ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try ex­perts, apart from the cost, one ma­jor rea­son for the grow­ing de­mand for used goods is the “re­duced shelf life” of con­sumer ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing cars.

“New prod­ucts with new fea­tures are in­tro­duced every year. Be­cause as of the peer pres­sure, the youth are tempted to sell the old ap­pli­ances even if they are in top con­di­tion,” Ham­mod Hashmi, a pub­lic sec­tor em­ployee, said.

“I have been chang­ing my smart­phone every two years be­cause there are new ones in the mar­ket with in­ter­est-free loans. The last two mo­bile phones fetched good price be­cause there were cus­tomers who couldn’t af­ford to buy new ones,” he said.

These days there are many ways to find out whether a prod­uct is gen­uine or coun­ter­feit, he added.

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