How to shop at Amazon.com from India?


Most Indians are unaware that they can shop at Amazon the same way their U. S. counterparts do. Here is a synopsis of how you can shop at Amazon from any city in India.

Isn't it frustrating when "This product cannot be shipped to your country" flashes on your computer screen. After all the time spent browsing and picking items that you've set your heart on, you are told that you cannot get it because of red tape. It is not funny.

What do you do when this happens? You can't just forget that you liked a product and move on now. Can you? You must have the product and here is how you can –

Shopping at Amazon


When you talk of online shopping, there is nothing that beats Amazon.com. Amazon is a giant in the online sales business. It has a vast collection of items and is a one stop store of all sorts of products. You can pick the finest jewelry, designer wear, latest gizmos, etc. In short, you name it and Amazon has it.

The trouble is that Amazon is a U. S. based store and ordering stuff from it is typically thought to be impossible if you do not reside there. But then there is always a way out for those who are willing to go that extra mile. What I am letting you know here is that you can actually shop at Amazon and have the goods shipped to you in India. You can do this by using your Master/Visa cards.

Problem with shipping to India


The biggest issue with Amazon is that most goods can be shipped in the U. S. only. Most of the time, shipping within the U. S. is free. Also, there are some awesome bargains and discounts announced on regular basis. It is understandable then that Amazon remains a favorite shopping destination for U. S. shoppers.

Amazon is just like any retail outlet. The only difference is that it operates online and has a virtual address. A number of renowned brands and a lot of different manufacturers sell their merchandise through Amazon. They have a tie up with Amazon to supply ordered goods to online shoppers. In addition to this, Amazon also has a direct retail store of its own from where shoppers can buy goods.

Shoppers from the U. S. need to open an account with Amazon to begin shopping. All they require is a U. S. shipping address and a credit card to which they can be charged. Problem arises for international shoppers and that includes Indians. Either they shop at their country specific Amazon stores or at Amazon.com so that the goods can be shipped to their country. The problem is that international shipping is limited to only few countries. This means not all products (which are shipped abroad) can be shipped to India. This also means that if you have your eyes set on the latest in fashion-wear or gadget, you can't have it, not through Amazon at least. Quandary, right? Well! Not really. There are some solutions you can look for.

Here is how you can shop any and all merchandise on Amazon.com and have it shipped to India.

The first step


It is not going to be simple and you will be required to organize a few things before you can get started. This is what you will require –

A MasterCard or Visa credit card issued by your local bank.
A valid account with Amazon.
A U. S. based mail forwarding service.

There are many mail forwarding service providers. You can surf on net, find them, check credentials and register with them.

Mail forwarding service explained


For Indians, this is a new concept as we do not have any such service in our country. However, in the U. S. such services are common. It facilitates receiving mails and packages in far off destinations.

Amazon shoppers can use this service to re-direct their purchases to their Indian mailing addresses. How this works is simple. You will need to make your purchase and have the goods delivered to a U. S. mailing address. It can be a relative or friend's place or a mail forwarding service provider such as MyUS.com or USAbox.com. There are a lot of service providers that offer you a U. S. mailing address and facilitate your shopping process. These agencies take responsibility to ship to your address, the products you purchased from Amazon. The package is forwarded through DHL and it usually takes 5 days to reach.

This service provides you the freedom to shop at Amazon.com sitting in distant lands such as India. Here is how it works –

Mail forwarding service is ordered using an Indian credit card.
Once the transaction is through, you receive a U. S. mailing address.
You then update the address on your Amazon account.
You can now begin shopping at Amazon.com.
You pay for your purchases through your local credit/debit cards in India and the goods are delivered at your U. S. address.
You can track your order in the U. S.
You also get an intimation when the order is delivered at your U. S. address.
You request the mail forwarding service provider to make an arrangement so that the package can be delivered to you in India via DHL/Fedex.
You can track the consignment shipped to your Indian mailing address through the tracking codes.

What you need to know?


Before making a purchase, it would be prudent to find out which articles can be imported to India.
You will also have to pay for the mail forwarding service which provides an address and arranges for the delivery of the merchandise shopped.
You must also be aware that you will have to pay custom duty on certain goods.

It is as simple as that. So, the next time you have your eyes set on something which is available only to U. S. buyers, you know what to do.

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Article by Juana
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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Comments

Guest Author: somasekhar11 Jan 2016

I live in India. I have to order a gift for a friend in USA through Amazon.com. However, can l pay for it with an Indian credit card? Is it ok?

Guest Author: suresh pawate24 Jan 2016

I want to by from Amazon.com India and have the product to be delivered in India. However, I stay outside India so can this transaction be done?



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