OLX has registered an increase in the sale of choppers and helicopter, just six weeks to the 2017 general elections. OLX says the increase in choppers on the platform could be attributed to the ongoing campaigns that require some politicians to fly around to woo voters.
“There has been a spike in the number of choppers posted on OLX over the past two months. In the month of March, we only had two choppers compared to the month of April and May where we have seen it go up to 8- 10 choppers a month which is anticipated to only go up in the coming two months,” Mr Peter Ndiang’ui, OLX country manager said.
The cost of buying a chopper on OLX ranges between Sh7 million for a two-seater and most expensive going for Sh210 million for a 14-seater caravan. If one seeks to hire a chopper bought on OLX, they will part with Ksh200,000 an hour on average but this depends entirely on negotiations with the various sellers.
Speaking to a frequent seller on the platform, Mr Gauis Khainga told OLX that he has been using OLX to sell other items but saw an opportunity to sell choppers, hoping to get buyers in this period. He says he has since received inquiries from both individuals and politicians.
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“I post my choppers on OLX every other month and have received inquiries from politician’s agents expressing interest. I’m however hoping to close a deal. The upcoming elections is part of the reason we are putting choppers and helicopters both for sale and for hire,” said Mr Khainga, a seller on OLX.
“About 70% of the choppers on OLX are for sale while 30% are up for hire indicting a need for Kenyans wanting to own their own choppers. As an online trading platform, we seek to have diverse products on our platform,” said Mr Ndiang’ui.
OLX noted that choppers posted on their platform are from various regions including Nakuru, Nanyuki, Bungoma and Nairobi.