If you read Nigerian entertainment/gossip websites and blogs, then yesterday, you would have caught wind of the drama surrounding a local actress. Before the story was posted across different sites, someone at work had already shown me what was brewing on Instagram. Apparently, a young woman who sells luxury accessories (and counterfeits as well) accused this actress of owing her almost $1000 for a counterfeit/fake item she bought. The seller said it had been over a month since the products were delivered to the actress, and at first kept getting excuses, then a bounced check/cheque, and finally was blocked by the actress. She got really angry and went on a rant on IG, copying all the big entertainment and gossip sites. Eventually the actress responded, with screenshots of text messages, saying that she didn't like the look of the fake item and that's why she didn't pay and wanted to return it.
Anyway, that's the gist in a nutshell. But it reminded me of something that I've thought about since I moved back to Nigeria (speaking of which, I can't believe I've been here for almost 4 years!).
Why do a lot of Nigerian customers think it's their right to pay on their own schedule?
I don't mean those customers that agree on a payment plan with the retailer/seller, and stick to the plan. For instance, I'm getting some clothes made, and we agreed that I could pay any amount now, and the rest after delivery.
I'm asking about the people who decide they want some products or services NOW, but have no intention of paying until they feel like it. A lot of times, you hear the excuse, "Ah ah, is it not just X amount of money?! Abi, you think I cannot pay it?" Well, if it's just small change to you, how about you pay on time?
I can understand the people who don't want to pay ahead of time, because of the fear that the seller will take the money and disappear. Fine; but can you please pay on delivery? As in, you've received the product or service already, so why are you still waiting to pay? You do realize that it's someone's business and livelihood, right?
It really bugs me when I hear about sellers having to run around looking for their customers to pay up. If you as a customer forgot, it can be excused for a short time. But the minute you remember, please please please just pay. Doesn't it bug you that you owe someone money? Even the Bible says if you owe someone money, you're basically that person's servant (Proverbs 22:7 - remember this post from my Proverbs Blogalong series?).
If you don't have money to buy the product now, guess what? DON'T BUY IT! I really wanted to attend an event late last year, but I didn't have the money for it - well, I did, but I was saving up for something else - so I did what was most sensible to me - I chose not to go. Did I die? No! Would I have had fun? Yes. Was that the only opportunity for me to have fun for the rest of my life? No!
I don't like the idea of buying or ordering something now, because you just know you'll have money later. Wait until you have the money before buying. At least, you won't have someone hovering over your shoulder.
*whew* Sorry, I didn't mean for the post to be this long.