Personally, I’m a bit wary of e-commerce sites. There’s usually good stuff hidden by layers and layers or troll ads, and one can only take so many terribly worded, overpriced ads along the lines “Saling Core2Duo latest G41 VGA can play any game”.
Takas.lk, on the other hand (snap) is a welcome change. They’re pretty straightforward: a straight-up, thorough online shopping site that’s got everything from i7-2600-powered Acer Predator G5 gaming machines (Rs 189, 000) to Galaxy Notes (Rs 111, 900) to hair dryers. Slightly heavy on consumer electronics. While you won’t find amazing secondhand deals here, you will find a range of brand-new products at fair prices (yes, I checked against Singer and Abans).
Big tiles on the main site proclaim proudly that all products come with agent warranties and island-wide delivery. There’s also plenty of image thumbnails to go with the products. Not a new thing, but it’s always nice to know that hairdryer comes in pink, too. You can pay with your Visa or MasterCard – and there’s a useful cash on delivery system for stuff under 3K. So yes, you can get a laptop shipped to Kandy and no, it’s not an Ebay clone. Takas is a more rigidly moderated marketplace.
After two hours of browsing Takas, I must say their product range is impressive. The site is navigated via a neat category menu that does the job. Apple accessories (yes, there’s a whole tab dedicated to Apple) – toys – computer stuff – a full gamut of smartphones – enough and more for the shopper; Acer and HP seem to feature prominently among the computer systems here.
There are home appliances, too (this includes BBQ grills). Personal and healthcare shows no perfumes, but enough grooming tools – and rechargeable razors. Also on the lists are SkullCandy headsets, a range of LED TVs, Galaxy S3 cases, and high-end point-and-shoot cameras.
The page also has a local hotline listed. Given the late-night nature of my browsing, everyone’s probably asleep – so let’s not press the call button. However, I need some information, and Takas needs a FAQ, preferably detailing the payment and shipment processes. In all other respects, the site is well-laid out, usable, and has a ton of products by even my dedicated window-shopper standards. As it turns out, they have almost everything electronic. Imagine an Arpico outlet, load it up with electronics from Unity Plaza, digitize the lot and you’ll have a fair idea of what takas.lk is.