How to buy from US shops from India

This article is a guide for the people who want to shop at U. S. based online stores such as Best Buy and Amazon from faraway countries like India. Read on to learn how you can get these products shipped to almost any part of the world.

Have you ever tried shopping on Amazon or other online stores and received the message - "Sorry. This service is currently not available in your region." It can be truly disappointing, especially when you are desperate to own the product. No more worries! This guide is written for all you people living outside the United States. If you wish to order products from online U. S. based stores, now you can. Here is how you can shop at these stores even if they do not have an international shipping policy.

Shop at online stores from anywhere

Most high end, state-of-the-art gadgets are launched in the United States first. It takes a while before these products are available in the global market. If you want to own such gadgets but do not reside in the States, your wait may be too long. At times, it may take months. If you are a gadget freak, waiting long can be quite frustrating.

There are times when online stores offer heavy discounts on products but if you don't live in the States, chances are that you won't be able to avail them. This is so because many online stores do not have an international shipping policy. Your country may not be in the store's shipping-list. In such a scenario, here is what you can do –

Pay through International credit card

You can approach the online shopping site and offer to pay by an international credit card. Bear in mind that you will also have to pay the cost of shipping, customs and other levied charges.

Let's take a look at the services that allow you to shop online from any part of the world.

eBay with global consignment delivery option

People generally shop at their country-specific eBay site. However, once you have an eBay account, you can use it for shopping at different eBay sites. So, your country specific eBay account will allow you to access, or any other eBay site that you might want to shop at.

Here is what you need to do if you choose to shop at which is exclusively for shoppers from the U. S. You will need to select the advanced search option while checking items. Enter your country name and eBay will show you products from those sellers only who ship orders to your country.

Relatives and friends

Rely on family and friends to get you what you want from online shopping sites. For instance, if you like something on Amazon shop, use your international credit card and give the address of your relative/friend in the U. S. Once the goods are delivered to them, they can make some arrangement so that the goods can be shipped to you.

Use package forwarding service

When all else fails, you can count on package forwarding services like Shipto and vPost. Using these services is convenient and hassle free. Their working is well defined and you need not worry about losing money or not receiving your goods. These services give you a private U. S. address where you can get the goods delivered from online stores.

The payment for goods will be done by an international credit card. The package forwarding services will send your package to your home country through FedEx or DHL. If multiple packages are to be delivered, the forwarding services pack them in one so that you save on shipping cost.

Shopping without credit card

What do you do in a scenario where you don't have an international credit card or where U. S. traders don't allow payments via international credit cards? In such case, you can shop on online stores using 'Assisted Purchase Service' offered by Shipto.

For this, you will have to send money to Shipto through Wire Transfer and mention your requirement. The service will order the product of your choice on your behalf and arrange for it to be delivered to you.
You have another option in form of BuyForMe. Here, you can pay the service provider through your PayPal account or by using a credit card. The payment will be made to comGateway. You will also need to specify which product you wish to buy. Once the money is credited into the account, the service provider will pay for the merchandise and deliver it to you.


Next time you like a product on Macy's,, Amazon or any other online store, you know how to shop it. So, go ahead. Visit your favorite shopping sites and choose one of the ways above to shop what you like.

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Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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