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Recently, however, the company has encountered challenges above and beyond the regular e-commerce struggles of dealing with COD, educating the market, and building trust. Now, ArabHardware is seeing a noticeable dip in business from instability in the country. The team started off back in with a small volunteer-based Arabic hardware forum on a small Egyptian website, offering a space for hardware consumers and techies to discuss new releases and the latest technologies in the region.
Subscribe to our newsletter I want to receive: The upshot is that ArabHardware is a profitable company with a large community behind it, that will now be forced to scale further outside Egypt to find more stable revenues and hit that higher margin they are hoping for. With a nowstrong community of registered users and active readers, the hardware company today even has the ability to make or break a product with their reviews.
That would pit them against the likes of JadoPado and Saletabbut it will be an interesting rivalry to watch as they come at the market from very different places.
Neither JadoPado or Saletab started with that luxury, and it may make the transition for ArabHardware easier when they look to expand. Late last year, after becoming the largest Arahardware community in the Middle East, the company arabhardwre turned on an e-commerce portal. Compounding some of these issues, Mazhar also that inflation in Egypt is having a negative effect on sales. Jehad El-Sayed December 24, Media Research Communities Events Email address: Triska Hamid December 26, But customers in Egypt are actually willing to pay for more high-quality products, like the newest Nvidia graphics card, says Mazhar.
Most distributors in Arabharddware who buy products abroad are only willing to buy low to mid-range quality hardware because of the huge cost of purchasing and storing high-quality inventory they may not be able to resell, explains Mazhar.
But, ArabHardware offers two main differentiating factors, that the founders hope will help them inch up their margins. Challenges to scaling in Egypt Recently, however, the company has encountered challenges above and beyond the regular e-commerce struggles of dealing with COD, educating the market, and building trust.
For one, they offer high-end hardware, which is scarce in Egypt. Subscribe To the newsletter.
Currently the company only ships to Egypt, via Aramex, offering cash on delivery, credit card payment, and the option to pay at their office. Secondly, ArabHardware also offers customers the ability to customize their own computer build online, choosing graphics cards, memory, and other additions, which the team will assemble in-house and ship to their door. Wamda December 30, After slowly building the platform for four years, the team felt it was time to launch a website and broke away in to start their own site, ArabHardware.
After their community stopped buying, the company was forced to recall its products. Thank you for subscribing to Wamda newsletter! Over the next three years, their community grew in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the Gulf.
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The founders, Ibraheem Hamdy and Mohammed Kamal, then launched a review lab in to offer online testing videos and reviews of different hardware products, making recommendations and how-to videos for users. Inventory is sourced from in-country distributors in Egypt or from manufacturers in Taiwan and Asia. As arabharsware community continued to expand, demand for regular content led ArabHardware to release their first digital and print magazine for the region in If they can find investment, they plan to open a new head office in Dubai, and take on the Gulf market.
For example, says Mazhar, ArabHardware called out one Egyptian distributor who was selling refurbished hardware and computer components as if they were new.