International Sellers Make Money Selling on South African Largest Online Marketplace

Many International sellers that have had success selling on other online marketplaces such as eBay have found selling on to be very lucrative achieving significantly higher margins compared to other online marketplaces. This may because South Africans are still largely accustomed to buying from real world shopping malls where retailers generally add a high mark up to their goods.

bidorbuy does not charge any compulsory listing fees so you can try listing items for sale with no risk (pay fees of between 1% and 5% on successful sales only).

To sell on is easy:

  1. Register as a user.
  2. Register as a seller.
  3. List your items for sale.
  4. If you have any problems please contact

Recommendations for selling to South Africans:

  • The local currency is called Rands (R) and the exchange rate is currently approximately US $1.00 to R8.00.
  • Best products to sell. Smaller items such as consumer electronics, jewellery, gemstones etc. tend to sell better than bigger bulkier items.
  • Payments. Try to offer as many payment options as possible such as credit cards and PayPal.
  • Shipping. Local buyers tend to prefer to pay a bit more to have a reliable shipping method such as UPS or DHL rather than using regular mail. Make sure you provide your buyers with the relevant tracking number.
  • Duties. Often smaller packages pass through South African customs without any problems however in your product descriptions make it clear to buyers that they may be liable for 14% VAT as well as any customs duties if applicable (contact us on if you would like to find out about local custom duties for a particular type of item).

South Africa is a diverse country with a rich heritage of different cultures and an eventful history. Since 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as the first democratic president, the country has gone through an economic transformation. The country has a burgeoning middle class with a large amount of spending power. With a population of almost 50 million people there are currently about 5 million Internet users. Historically South Africa has lagged the developed world in Internet access however this is rapidly changing with a number of new International undersea telecommunications cables coming online between now and 2011.