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Don't have time to get to the shops? Windows MIDDLE EAST explores which of the region's technology stores offer online 'e-tail' sites and how all of their different cyberspace offerings compare...

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By  Published  July 31, 2006


 

Power Optionz

www.poweroptionz.com

Online retail? Y

Regular price promotions: N

Online support: N

Product range: 3/5 (enthusiast kit: cases, power supplies, cooling, modding tools & accessories)

Payment mechanism: COD, CashU card, money order, banker's cheque
Pricing: 4/5

Ease of use: 4/5

Other: Case gallery, some modding articles, store details

Feedback: N (usual Contact page).

Windows says:

A firm favourite of the Windows team, Power Optionz may be UAE based but they'll ship across the region and accept a range of payment methods through which to grab their
mod-friendly kit.

Geek heaven!

Jacky's


www.jackys.com

Online retail? Y (registered users only)

Regular price promotions: Y

Online support: N

Product range: 5/5

(IT, consumer electronics, household appliances and photography kit)

Payment mechanism: Various

Security: n/a

Pricing: 4/5

Ease of Use: 4/5

Other: Search function, monthly newsletter (un-subscribable), Jacky\\\'s Wired! updates

Feedback: Online form.

Windows says:

Packed full of products at great prices, but its registration process is flawed; we could register, but no confirmation e-mail appeared (luckily we just logged in anyway and used the site).

CompuMe


www.compume.com

Online retail? N (site claims Y)

Regular price promotions: Y

(daily mentions)

Online support: N

Product range: 4/5

(everything but PC components)

Payment mechanism: Non-functional

Security: n/a

Pricing: 4/5

Ease of Use: 3/5

Other: Search function, checkout page not available (so online buying disabled)

Feedback: Online form, full branch contact details.

Windows says:

A great looking, easy-to-use site that does everything but actually let you buy, thanks to its online buying having been disabled.

As pure product catalogues go, it's fine.

Plug-Ins ElectroniX


www.pluginsuae.com

Online retail? N

Regular price promotions: Y (in physical stores)

Online support: N

Product range: 4/5

(basic text overview)

Payment mechanism: n/a

Security: n/a

Pricing: n/a

Ease of Use: 3/5

Other: This Plug-Ins ElectroniX page of holding company Al Futtaim's site includes store details, contact numbers, press releases and career opportunities.

Feedback: N.

Windows says:

This site is much more a corporate overview than a consumer resource.

Plug-Ins would be well advised to consider a standalone store site, ideally with e-commerce store functionality (and the kinds of regular deals seen so often in its stores!).

Jarir Bookstore


www.jarirbookstore.com

Online retail? N

Regular price promotions: Y

(in physical stores)

Online support: N

Product range: 3/5

(technology, arts and even engineering products)

Payment mechanism: n/a

Pricing: n/a (only special offer prices shown)

Ease of Use: 4/5

Other: E-mail mailing list offered on site (but when we tried, its registration didn’t work), Jarir advertisement section, store locations and contact numbers, plus career opportunities.

Feedback: N.

Windows says:

Like Plug-Ins website, Jarir is an online brochure with extra information rather than an
internet store.

Worth a look though, as it includes plenty of store numbers for you to call.

UAEmall.com


Online retail? Y

Regular price promotions: Y (by sellers)

Online support: N

Product range: 5/5

(everything and more)

Payment mechanism:

Various (depends on seller): cash on delivery (COD), bank/money transfer, other (negotiated with suppliers).

Pricing: 4/5

(depends upon various merchants)

Ease of Use: 3/5

(differing buying methods could confuse some users)

Other: Online stores available, mix of buy now and bidding auctions, e-mail product-related newsletters, site traffic reports

Feedback: Y (under Suggestions).

Windows says:

A basic design, but this 'buy or bid' trading place includes a huge range of new and used products (including PC components), from all manner of vendors, making it one to click.

Carrefour


www.carrefourme.com

Online retail? N

Regular price promotions: Y

(in physical stores)

Online support: N

Product range: 4/5

(limited PC components)

Payment mechanism: n/a

Pricing: n/a

Ease of Use: 3/5

Other: Middle East site links to UAE, KSA, Oman.

Qatar and Egypt mini-sites, special promotions, printable shopping list page, competitions, fast facts, store details.

Feedback: N.

Windows says:

An effective product brochure site with nice extra features such as a printable shopping
list.

Let's hope then that Carrefour one day takes the lead of supermarkets such as Tesco's
in Europe and adds full, comprehensive online shopping capabilities.

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