Top 10 Best Online Shopping Sites in India
Online Shopping in India is going great guns with enormous numbers. India is ranked 3rd when it comes to internet users and increasingly more people are coming online with the rise of cell phone users. More and more people are shopping online as it is convenient, hassle free and with the huge number of options that one can avail.
Companies such as Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal have got huge investment and generated sales more faster compared to other shopping malls. These companies have become billion dollar entities with their ability to deliver anything and everything that a shopper wants.
In the last ten years or so there has been an influx of online shopping websites from small to large ones. We have also seen many mergers and acquisitions as well. For example Flipkart earlier bought Letsbuy.com and has recently acquire Myntra.com. But with the entry of Amazon there is no clear winner here. Also Snapdeal has been creating a name for itself and has all the qualities of becoming the Alibaba (Chinese online B2B and B2C) of India. Also then there is HomeShop18 with its online and shop on TV model which has been successful.
Ebay has been doing well right from the start and recently we have seen similar model of business such as AskMeBazaar and Shopclues coming to the fore.
So here are the best and my favorite Top 10 online shopping websites that are operating in India. Also note that the below have not been list a a countdown.
Originally started as books only site it now has a good collection of games and movies among other items.
Flipkart.com has now emerged as a major player in the online shopping arena in India. They offer cash on delivery on products of all sizes and amount. Moreover they have now started giving 30 day replacement guarantee which is of utmost use. Specifically when we buy electronic items and other gadget there is always a chance that it might get some problems.
Also, as Flipkart themselves acquires products in bulk directly from suppliers and ships items by its own self delivery personnel, for this reason there is a marked difference in the product price at Flipkart.com. Whereas sites such as ebay.in has different small-time sellers that sell their items.
Majorly shopping at Flipkart is a great experience and value for money.
Recently they also started a new trend in the industry when they got exclusive partnership to sell Motorola phones. The tie up was hugely successful and many other exclusives were later signed with other companies. Many others such as Amazon, Snapdeal, and Ebay have also come up with exclusives.
The biggest online retailer of the world came all guns blazing to India with its huge technology enabled online shopping and delivery system.
The company is betting big dollars in India and its CEO Jeff Bezos is taking active participation in its affairs. Jeff Bezos was prominently featured on the first page of all the leading dailies with a picture of him atop a Lorry when he was in India. He also promised an investment of 2 billion dollar for its boosting India operations. Amazon India is headquartered in Bangalore and giving its competitors a hard time.
Snapdeal has been growing exponentially since it converted itself into a marketplace. The fight for the top destination for shopping it is giving Flipkart and Amazon a tough fight. The battle is clear and one of these three will become the winner.
If we look at the categories that it offers is huge from baby diapers to vehicle accessories to gold coins and jewelry. The prices are best and shipping is oftentimes free of cost.
Ebay is the leader when it comes to online shopping in India. With just about every thing under the sun, ebay is the best portal for shopping in India. It provides a large number of options for buyers in every category. May it be laptops, music CDs, jewellery or fitness equipment they have it all.
Ebay was the first major companies to enter the e-commerce market in India and must say it is still going great with mind-boggling sales figures. Also Ebay has been active in investing money in many other e-commerce startups here. One of the major being Snapdeal.com in which Ebay has a considerable stake.
If you want to sell your own products then that is also possible and becoming a seller is very easy compared to any other online shopping site.
HomeShop18 comes from the Network18 group and is fast becoming one of the best place to shop online in India. Almost all products can also be bought via the cash on delivery option. It provides free shipping and also has an EMI facility for ICICI Bank card holders with no additional cost. Items related to home and kitchen, ladies stuff, and apparel do well over here.
They also have a dedicated 24 hour TV channel where they feature absolute steal-deals. If you are looking to buy stuff for you kitchen or home then make sure to watch it.
Infibeam carves itself from being different from other sites because it has a dedicated section for used cars and bikes that connect you the seller of the vehicle. Besides it has a large collection of books and latest electronic items.
Another marketplace model and if we consider only the listings that it has then Shopclues has outnumbered every other competitor.
At the time of writing they have published details having 100,000 sellers, more than 16 million products having a combined value of about 3 lakh crore.
To me Yepme is the best when it comes to buying lifestyle items. Prices are great and often cheap. I have shopped for many items and every time the product is of good quality and the delivery time is as well good.
The site has been growing naturally covers items such as clothes, shoes, and watches. Recenly they have also roped in Shahrukh Khan as a brand ambassador.
Online shopping can also be done with AskMeBazaar. Just like ebay this also brings various sellers at one place for convenient and cheap shopping.
You can also buy items on a wholesale over here. There is a separate section for you if you are looking to get items to resell at your shop.
Junglee is an online comparison shopping site which provides convenient and easy choice for shoppers. We can read reviews, view similar products matching our criteria and get the best deals from various brands.
As a personal recommendation it is a must use when you want to shop online to check prices for the items on various websites. With experience I can tell you that you will save lots of money just by comparing the items that you want to buy.
Which is the best shopping site in India from your experience?
© 2011 Kannan Reddy