Naspers’ general classifieds site OLX is bringing human intervention to its platform with the launch of ”Sell it for Me” in Nigeria in Kenya beginning with the auto category then gradually to other categories and to other countries.
OLX country manager Peter Ndiang’ui told TechMoran, “We are not in hurry to launch it in Uganda and Tanzania at this moment but in just one month after we launched it here we have seen our champs sell 100 cars for our online sellers. We decided to put the Ksh 2000 non-refundable fee when our colleagues in Nigeria realized that many sellers were requesting for it but were not serious to complete the process.”
Peter said “Sell It For Me” will has cautiously selected and verified champs to handle the entire selling process on behalf of a vehicle seller. After paying the booking fee of Ksh.2000, an OLX champ is matched up with them. The OLX champ then links up with the seller and agree on a selling price within which the champ will get his commission. The champ handles the entire selling process from posting the advert to sourcing for a buyer, negotiating and finally closing the deal.
One great thing is that the cash is sent directly to OLX which only releases it if the car is in the condition promised by the seller’s champ. OLX is also working with selected auto garages to inspect the vehicles before engaging champs. Now live in Nairobi, the service has 20 verified champs/ Champs have substantial vehicle experience and a proven track record of honesty.
“We have a price index, a time limit we expect a car to be sold and we are involved in every step to avoid any fraud and sabotage,” Peter added. “We are working with car dealers who have vast selling experience and by working through OLX, they get a commission for every car deal they close on behalf of an interested seller. The verified OLX champs are also entitled to our paid adverts for more visibility as well as a verified distinctive badge that will enable them get buyers even faster. We are looking at scaling this to other major counties and are currently focusing on Nairobi only.”
OLX is not the first to announce such a service, Kenya’s BuyRentKenya said it was working on such an initiative to help its users get help buying and selling houses and property in the country but is yet to make it public.