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Wish is something that has come onto the scene in the past few years. Recently it received a lot of attention because of the exciting sales ideas, which sparked a lot of memes. Additionally, Wish has been popular because of the items they have had on sale, and at the prices advertised. With such low prices, though, comes the question: Are the items bought off of Wish any good? Or is this just another scam? The usual follow up questions are: How long is the delivery time for the items purchased? And How do I go about buying from Wish?

In this article, I’m going to break Wish down a bit, will take a look at a few items that we purchased from Wish, what it cost if it was what Wish promised and how long they took to get to our door. I will then talk you through how to get Wish for yourself if you “wish” to do so (See what I did there? I couldn’t help it, I’m sorry).

What is Wish?

Wish is a company that was founded in 2010. Initially, it was started as an app where people could set up a “wish” list of items they wanted, and then they were linked to merchants who sold them. Later in 2013, the app changed to an e-commerce one, where merchants would advertise their products.

Since Wish became a large e-commerce site with merchants from all over the world, they received heavy criticism online due to poor quality items being advertised and delivered, and sometimes even counterfeit products. Receiving adverse criticism happens to most e-commerce companies that have independent merchants, though, so it isn’t anything new.

What we purchased from Wish:

We are going to take a look at an item we bought from Wish. Since this is a tech site, looking at tech products was the natural decision.


  • Item Purchased: 2tb USB 3.0 flash drive
  • Delivery Time: 8 Working Weeks
  • Cost: R250-00
  • Import Cost: R30-00

So when we looked at items to purchase, we opted to test out three 3.0 2tb USB Flashdrives. The delivery was approximately eight weeks from ordering them from the app. The actual flash drives themselves looked decent and were robust, and they matched the picture on the app. So on the outside, all looked good.wish-review-south-africa-pic2

Did The Flash Drives Work?

That is the biggest question and one that can be answered very directly: No! They did not work. The flash drives we ordered from Wish were not what they said they were. When we plugged them into the computer, they didn’t even register at all. So, in this case, we were, unfortunately, “scammed.” We sent the items back, and we received a full refund, fortunately.

Are Items Purchased from Wish Any Good?

wish-review-south-africa-pic3That is almost like asking: “How long is a piece of string?” We cannot answer that as the number of items for sale on Wish is innumerable. However, we noticed that online a lot of people have complained about the quality of the things they have purchased. Then again, Wish is an international company, and having complaints is natural, so that doesn’t mean that all the items purchased from them are wrong.

When purchasing from Wish though, one should practice caution. They are not a scam, you can buy items from them, and those items will be delivered to your door. So you can use your credit card or debit card on the application, knowing that your accounts won’t be hacked. Are the items everything you expected? Probably not. Are those items knock-offs/counterfeits? Perhaps, because a lot of the merchants are from countries where the majority of counterfeit items are produced.

How long does it take to receive my item once purchased?

Don’t be alarmed if you have purchased an item from Wish, and it hasn’t arrived within a few days. Remember, most of the merchants selling on Wish are not from South Africa. When these merchants send the goods out for delivery, they more than likely don’t use “Express” delivery, so you could look at your items being delivered to you anytime onwards from 4 Working Weeks. The flash drives we ordered took 8 Working Weeks, so that’s just an idea that it does take time, especially when using “Snail Mail.”

How do you use Wish?

In this case, it’s not difficult to use at all. You would want to use the app on your mobile device. If you would prefer to browse Wish on your computer, then you can head over to their website here. Once you have found what you want, either on your computer or phone, then you select “Buy,” complete all the relevant information (Address, Credit Card Details, etc.), and then you wait for your items to be delivered. It’s that easy.

Final Thoughts:

When I look at purchasing something, I follow a few simple steps:

  1. If it seems too good to be true, then it’s probably a scam: Yes, if the price of a product you want to purchase looks unbelievable, then you’re probably going to receive something that either doesn’t work or is a counterfeit.
  2. Read the reviews: This can be edited easily with friends of the merchant typing false reviews, but you can pick up on that quickly. So, go through the reviews of the items that you are looking for before purchasing.
  3. Don’t limit yourself to Wish only: There are a lot of other apps out there that are selling products from different merchants. There is a chance you could find what you want on Wish on Takealot or Raru, and they are locally sourced (this may cost a bit more, but the delivery time will be less and sorting out problems in South Africa would be a little easier).

I hope you find what you are looking for on Wish. When purchasing through them, exercise caution, and you won’t go wrong. If you would like to share your thoughts about buying from Wish, drop a comment below.
I look forward to hearing from you.