Takas.lk.

Takas is an online shop that sells mainly electronics, ranging from headphones to cell phones to laptops to cameras to electric kettles. I ordered a smartphone from them and it arrived promptly and simply with a free t-shirt, which I suppose doesn’t happen every time. Takas is different from other online stores in that it offers warranties on everything and the goods come from a reputed source.

Takas is running on Magento so it’s a stable and secure online shopping system, though it does ask for a lot of details when you’re checking out. They have mobile and Apple accessories, stereos, cell-phones, printer ink, whatever. It’s basically like Unity Plaza without the latent dodginess, plus you can compare prices rather than starting someone down and trying to negotiate.

The downside, of course, is that you can’t immediately walk away with your goods, and someone needs to be at home to pick up high ticket items. They offer cash on delivery for stuff up to Rs. 5,000.

In my case, however, when my old phone packed up this was the easiest option. No need to take two hours out of the day for traffic and shopping, plus pay whatever on cabs. I just ordered online and the phone showed up a few days later.

As a disclosure, the CEO Lahiru is a friend and I’ve advised him as he and his team took Takas from a start-up to a started-up. Takas has also advertised here on YAMU. I know I get good service cause I know the CEO, but now you know the CEO as well, which in Sri Lanka is still the best form of consumer security you can have.

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