I have been getting comments and emails about scheduling a tour to Hectare’s factory in Kuwait. Of course it is fun to see how potato chips or popcorn is made. What I did was I called the management of Hectare’s and told them that I am getting emails and comments for people who wants a factory tour. They told me that they are fully booked for the next 4-5 months, which is really impressive. The reason people want to visit Hectare’s factory is because it is by far the most luxury factory in Kuwait and their products is known for top quality. Soon Hectare’s will release their meat products which is expected to crush the market.
To arrange a tour, call Motaz at 66230177 and let him know that you got his number from Ryukers Blog.
This is the best news I have heard in a while, because that was making my experience so frustrating. I bought from couple of websites and businesses where they overcharge for the delivery charges, and when it comes to payment. They want to pass the credit card charges from Visa or Mastercard to me. As you know, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express charge businesses 2-4% on each transactions and some businesses pass it to the customer. I faced this first time when I bought a product and the business sent me My Fatoorah link, and I was surprised to see the price increase when I click on credit card. I didn’t like the experience as a customer because it felt cheap, but it makes a lot of sense from the business stand point.
Starting December 6th, 2022 at 9 AM, Businesses will no longer be available to charge credit card fees to customers. This is an official law by Central Bank of Kuwait
I am not a big fan of VR since I only tried the first one for 1 time then stopped using it, but lets see if this a game changer. There are rumors that they might have Metal Gear Solid, so lets see if that is true. If it is then I will buy it. Playstation VR2 will offer a much better experience than the first one, especially that it uses better controllers and less cables attached to the device. Now I will be tracking the Playstation VR2 stock in Kuwait.
The first thing that came my mind is how expensive this pro controller is. It cost 64.9 KD in Kuwait and I consider it a very high price for a pro controller. I just bought one for a family member who wanted one so bad, because he is a pro COD player. For me, I am very happy with the regular controller, and it is more than enough for my basic use. The DualSense Edge controller sold out everywhere in Kuwait, and I can’t find it in stock anywhere. So far I just saw it at two places and monitoring the rest of the sites. Lets see if the demand is real, and I will know for sure during the release in January 2023.
Playstation 5 (PS5) DualSense Edge Controller in Kuwait:-
To this day, I am extremely surprised that lots of people in Kuwait use Knet for all their purchases where they can get tons of free money using credit cards. Few months ago, I got the NBK Visa Infinite Credit Card and I was surprised how fast I got a free laptop from Want it Buy it. I got the card right before I travelled, and a month after getting back to Kuwait. I had 100 KD in rewards and I redeemed them on Want it Buy it. My wife was very surprised, because she was using a horrible credit card that was barely giving any rewards. What happens is basically Visa charges the stores 2-3% or so, and they share some of that percentage with you in form of rewards. What I suggest to maximize rewards is the following
INON (It’s Now or Never) is a revolutionary grocery app that offers maximum savings and discounts in Kuwait. It is offering prices I have never seen in Kuwait with a very interesting business model. I know of something very close during my stay in the US, but still INON is still different. With INON the moment you open the app, you will see browsing products by expiration date and the sooner the expiry the more is the discount. For example 2 weeks until expiry, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, and 4 months. When I was studying in the US, I remember seeing my friends spending much less on groceries and consumer products than me. I thought they were buying products that have lower quality, but I was surprised to see they were buying the same exact products that I use at a much lower prices. I discovered that they are going to stores that sells the products at much lower prices. Then I did my research on how these stores can sell at such prices.
Products are near expiry. I just bought 11 Tide boxes for 600 fils each because it has 2 months to expire.
Products are out of style. Sometimes the manufacturers change the design of the packaging
The company target slimmer margins. Thin margins and volume can make up the difference
This is an example of Lipton tea that has 2 weeks to expire, which is perfect to save more than 1 KD for the Diwaneya and the other is Pif Paf that has 1 month to expire. If you see the savings it goes up to 75%.
INON is using this business model to disrupt the market in Kuwait, and everyone I know is extremely happy with the App. The main reason I was happy is because I want to save as much as possible on the monthly purchases for the consumer product. Try INON out and let me know how many items you bought and how much you saved.
I used to go to Al Muzaini branches whenever I have to transfer to my house keeper. The process of going to the branch and sometimes wait in line is very annoying. One day I was complaining to my brother and he told me why are you going to the branch. You can do all transfers online, and all of the transactions that I have done in the branch will show in the app. I can literally see all the beneficiaries that the branch entered for me and choose the amount and send the money. I was resisting at first because I didn’t feel like to enter all the data for the beneficiary to transfer, but all the info was already there and I just enter the amount and pay by KNET. Try the app and you will save lots of time.
This is my new favorite power bank which is extremely powerful. I was surprised to see the Gan technology reach such levels where the power bank USB C can give a total output of 140W. On the power bank there is a display that shows how much wattage each device is getting. Some phones doesn’t receive much wattage, while others do. The 140W power bank is perfect for charging the new Macbook Pro 16″ which comes with a 140W charger. I also got the 120W Gan wall charger to charge my 737 power bank at an extremely fast speed. It takes about 30 minutes to be fully charged. The Anker 737 power bank isn’t available in Kuwait and I recently got it from the UK, but I highly recommend getting one.
About a year ago, I discovered an E-commerce called Trikart which I didn’t know about at that time. Whenever I see a website that I don’t know, I hesitate to order and go to the big retailers especially when it comes to the expensive stuff. I tried to order small items from Trikart few times and everything was delivered very fast. I was very happy with the experience, and it became part of my favorite E-commerce platforms in Kuwait. Now things are taken to the next level where I was impressed beyond what I had in mind. So far I haven’t experienced a customer service that great in Kuwait. Few days ago, I ordered a 512GB Samsung Z Fold 4, and their pricing was the best in the market. When I got the phone, it was a 256GB. I was very disappointed, because whenever I face such issue with the big retailers. I usually go through hell just to replace the product, just like what happened recently with my Sony TV, where it took 2 months and a total of more than 10 long calls just to try to return a TV that has an issue of fading colors. The issue started after 3 days from receiving the TV, and returning it was almost impossible. Of course since then I created a guide of how to test the TV before receiving it. With Trikart I just contacted them via Whatsapp, and I explained the issue, and I told them the phone is still sealed. They were like OK, tomorrow you will get the 512GB. I was like WHAT ? impossible, because I am used to other retailers and how hard they make it to replace or repair a product. In less than 24 hours, Trikart replaced my phone, and I was extremely impressed. I was like WOW that reminds me of my days in the US, where Amazon replaces any item very fast. When I came back to Kuwait, I realized they make it very hard where you have to use Wasta or threat that you will go consumer protection department or call them every few days and see that you are persistent. With Trikart that isn’t the case at all. Their customer service is amazing, and they win my loyalty big time and I am already recommending it to everyone. I don’t mind anyone making a mistake, and I faced mistakes with most of the retailers in Kuwait, but the main thing is how to solve it and Trikart did an impressive job. I was about to get a new Sony TV for my Diwaneya, and now I will get it from Trikart. Waiting for them to restock.
Thank you Trikart for the impressive customer service.
Finally Apple is launching Apple Pay next month, and most of my friends who are using iPhones have been waiting for this day. For me I have no worries since I stopped using iPhones few years ago and now I use Samsung Z Fold. On Samsung I use Samsung Pay for my NBK cards and Google Pay for my US cards. Paying by phone is so convenient and it saves a lot of time. I usually hold my phone and keep my wallet in my pocket, so I used to grab my wallet and pay by card. This is no longer the case where I pay by phone for all my transactions. Try mobile payment few times and it will eventually be much more comfortable than paying by cards.