Q8homestore.com is the new online place to go to buy and sell used/new furniture or home related items such as artwork, rugs, home electronics, etc. We wanted to know more about it.
Tell us a little bit about Q8homestore.com
It launched in October 2012 and is believed to be the first website of its kind in Kuwait. Although simple in idea, Q8homestore is the first online home shopping site Kuwait, to ultimately serve the need of many home stuff shoppers.
Who uses q8homestore.com?
Businesses and individuals who would like to sell or buy furnishing items and home related electronics.
Is it a free service?
It’s a completely free service.
Can users sell or buy home electronics such as washing machines?
Yes, even treadmills.
Why would I choose q8homestore.com over the classifieds?
The answer to this question is the main idea of our existence. Most of the well-known ones support either Arabic or English. Not both. This is not only about the language itself or the population served, but mainly lacks to serve the users to find/sell their items to the largest population.
Classifieds usually have hundreds of categories and therefore lack focus. The furniture posts scattered over the blogs, classified or forums are very minimal for such mature classifieds or forums. Q8homestore.com aims to enforce a new facility which people trust and value by creating a homey and cozy virtual experience, and not wasting users’ time.
The products are divided into the main categories, and then broken down further into brands, and finally specific pieces. People can also search using price and age parameters. Based on this, seekers can easily find their need through the search utility. This simple search is more advanced than other classifieds, which mainly use forum templates and are not searchable.
What about the Friday market and other conventional stores for selling used or new furniture?
We view them as “substitutes” not “competitors”. People can still take their furniture to some used furniture store or market. But is that really effective or convenient?
Any other values that q8homestore promotes?
Q8homestore aims to be the portal for furniture in Kuwait. Through our Facebook page we give tips and advice for those who care about furnishing, styles, or who struggle in decorating their houses.
Q8homestore wishes to act in a socially responsible manner. The business side would give us the power to do so and hopefully affect the lives of thousands of people. As an example we have launched some social campaigns such as promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month through our largest banners of the front page.
One of our objectives is to create suggestions of trends and relate them to the existing stores in Kuwait. This would be our second phase.
Finally, Q8homestore is currently working on its mobile app. We encourage users to stay connected through our Facebook page, so they can get notified once the app is released.
If everything is for free, how do you make money?
Q8homestore.com will always be free for users. We currently do not make any revenue or have any existing plans to do so.