Top 5 online stores to shop at from India


Online shopping stores have become increasingly popular in India in the last few years. If you are still new to shopping online and want a little help in deciding which stores are good then here is a handy list of a few of the best online stores that you can shop at in India. Go through my review of online stores.

Call me a typical woman if you may, but I confess my biggest obsession is shopping! Until fairly recently not having enough time and energy to go store hopping looking for bargains that would make me grab all the awesome stuff on display and drop into my shopping bag was a major hurdle. Not anymore though! Thanks to the numerous online stores that makes shopping from the comfort of my home a possibility. The e-commerce websites have been around for a long time, but the fad has just caught on in India. If the online shopping bug has not hit you and you remain skeptical about all the assurances being offered and think of them as humbug, then let me reassure you that online shopping stores are definitely worth a try, and here's why!

All your why's, what's, how's and more answered


As you must know online shopping stores are virtual stores selling an array of products ranging from international brands to authentic Indian designer wear, from perfumes to shoes to real jewellery, clothes, electronics and a lot more!

The advantage with online stores is the convenience they offer you. All you need is an internet connection and you are ready to go. You can begin with checking out products of your choice at various online stores. Look for specific designs, great offers and the best deals. Once you have identified the store where your product is available at the best price, go through their terms and conditions, particularly their return and exchange policy. It goes without saying that these should be in your favor. You should be able to exchange an item that is not per your liking/specification or is damaged and be able to return a product that you are not satisfied with and get a full refund.

The store must also have a policy of delivering goods free of cost. There are some stores that charge extra for delivery, so you need to confirm that you will not be made to pay for delivery of the product.
Another important feature that needs looking into is the mode of payment. You will find various options available to you, such as cash on delivery, credit/debit card payments and EMI options. Pick a store that offers you various payment options as it adds to convenience. With the cash on delivery option you can rest assured your money will not be lost.

Ascertain that you will be paying for what is marked against the product you order on the website and there are no hidden costs that you will be asked to pay.

First time internet shoppers often get beleaguered with the influx of online stores. There are so many choices that it gets difficult to decide which store to shop from. So here is a list of online stores that I shop at and my experience with each one of them. Hopefully, going through the list will give you the reassurance that you need before you delve into shopping online.

Jabong – the fashion megastore


Jabong.com tops the list of e-stores I shop at and for good reason. It's a store I keep going back to because I love everything about it; right from the products and prices, to the superior customer care service I receive. In a competitive world customer satisfaction is everything and I find Jabong to be a leader on this front.

The people manning the customer service lines are always helpful. I can turn to them with the most foolish queries ranging from shoe size to fabrics used in the clothes on sale and they always give me a satisfactory reply.

The first time I ordered a product, I was taken aback when it was actually delivered within the stipulated time given to me. That was something I was not used to seeing in India. Another time I was not at home when the ordered product was delivered. The courier guy gave me a call and asked if the package could be left at my neighbor's place. He of course verified the credentials with me before handing the parcel to my neighbor.

Another thing that needs a mention here is the ease with which I can navigate on this site. I trust the website for all my shopping needs that revolve around all kinds of apparel and home accessories. I don't get any brownie points for this, but I highly recommend that you shop at jabong at least once to experience what I am talking about.

Flipkart – the store with everything


Flipkart.com is yet another excellent place to shop at; if you are looking for computers, mobiles, televisions, electronic goods and associated accessories. You name it, and they have probably got it. They also have an excellent collection of books on varied topics as well. My children love the website because of the effortlessness with which they can browse and shop for stuff they need.

I haven't shopped here, but my kids have, and I advocate this site at their recommendation. The best part about shopping here they say is how quickly the goods are delivered. They shop here often and according to them, once they place an order the product is delivered at the door step within the next day. When I say door step, I mean a remote place outside city limits.

The design of the website is nothing to write home about, but then that is secondary considering one can navigate and find what one is looking for.

Fashion and you – Indulge


This is one website which makes my eyes gleam with excitement because it has a lot of stuff that I like, and when I say a lot, I really mean it. With a wide choice of Indian and international designer labels and high fashion accessories on sale, fashionandyou.com is a site that offers pure indulgence. You can get some incredible bargains on exclusive brands such as French Connection, Guess and more. You can also shop for stylish salwar suits from across the border sitting at home.

Though here is a sincere word of advice from a seasoned shopper; when on this site shop for brands and labels that you recognize. Don't indulge in products that come from unknown fashion houses no matter how good the bargain may appear, for there is no telling what you will end up receiving. So, stick to shopping for known brands.

Babyoye – your baby's online store


If you are expecting a baby or have just had one, then this is the store for you. Babyoye.com has a large assortment of baby and maternity products and just the right merchandise for a new or expectant mom to be. Interestingly, this online store is endorsed by none other than the famed actress Karishma Kapoor, herself a mother of two.

I checked this site recently as I was looking for presents to take to a baby shower and christening. I was actually amazed at the choices available to me. They had everything a new mom would need from diapers, to toys, to skin care products; in short the whole gamut. The best brands retail their products on this site. For instance if you are looking for a particular Fisher Price toy or want a Johnson and Johnson gift pack, you just need to log on to the website and place the order.

They also have in-house designers who design baby clothes. I was satisfied with the fabric, designs and stitching of the clothes I ordered. The orders were thankfully delivered on time and that made me happy.

Dropped pin – your fashion vista


Droppedpin.net takes my breath away. I love the beautiful dresses and gowns they have on sale. The site made shopping for gifts for my relatives visiting us from abroad last Christmas so simple. I could shop for everything I wanted, at this one site. It has an unbelievable collection of perfumes, makeup products, clothes, shoes, accessories and a lot more. You can shop for the best known brands or opt for lesser known brands and be assured of quality.

Also Check Out: My online shopping experience with Infibeam.com

The only hitch, if you may call it so is that the delivery takes some time. My orders took more than 3 weeks to reach me. This can be a problem if you want an item urgently. Personally, the time factor does not really matter to me as long as I know I am getting authentic products. The website claims the delay is due to sourcing of products from across the globe. Well, that to me is a good sign, for I think it points to the products being genuine.

I will shop on this website again, because I liked the superior goods on sale here. Unlike other sites even the unbranded goods maintained the superior quality that I was looking for. The pricing is competitive so yes, that's good for me.

Wrapping up


Until a few years ago shopping for me meant walking into stores and making purchases after fine scrutiny of the product and comparing of prices. With the emergence of online stores all that has changed and I now prefer to shop from the comfort of my home. I prefer the convenience that comes with online shopping. What's more you often good bargains in the form of heavy discounts and free gifts along with your purchase. Having said that I'd like to add that, not all my online shopping experiences have been good. I have had problems with online shopping too. I have faced delays and orders not delivered at all. I will talk about that in my next article.


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

Author: Askush09 Jan 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Hello Juana mam,

This is a very good piece information given by you. My list of top shopping sites is

Flipkart
Indiaplaza
Jabong
Homeshop18
Myntra

Author: Juana09 Jan 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

Thank you Askush for commenting on my article. I really appreciate your reading and leaving a remark.
I hope you have also written your review of all the favourite online shopping sites that you have mentioned in your feedback. A review by you can be of immense help to those who cannot decide which online stores are the best for what product and service.
As for me, once I begin shopping at an online store, I stay loyal to it for various reasons. Topping the list is the discount coupons that I get with each purchase, which I can use the next time I shop with them.

Author: Askush09 Jan 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Hello Juana Mam,

I have not written any review about these sites. It is just because my experiences with these site went good. One worse site which I always want other member not to shop is 'TIMTARA'. This site is a fake site and lot of people have lost there money.

Guest Author: Dipali Raj09 Jan 2013

Whenever anyone talks about the most popular online portal of India, Shopbychoice came to in my mind. This website for online shopping sites deals with myriad of distinct categories of gadgets and products such as mobile phones, smartphones, tablet, electronics, home appliances, kitchen ware, home entertainment, watches, life styles, cameras and much more. You can procure distinct products at lowest price deal offer.

http://www.shopbychoice.com

Author: Muhammed Aneez12 Jan 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

A very good article which dealing with almost all online shopping websites which provide good service for the customers. This article will really helps to know about different genuine online websites offers a very good online shopping experience. In my opinion for clothings and footwears Myntra is more suitable and in Flipkart the price for clothings and footwears are little bit high.

Author: Lakshmi Satish Kumar13 Jan 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Hi Juana, this is very nice. I find it well explained and also see your article writing skills in this resource. Why don't you share some of tips with other members in forum too. This is my request.

Author: Juana18 Jan 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Thank you everyone for reading the review and leaving your valuable comments behind.
One must share good experiences with others as well Askush. You mentioned a site as fake. I hope you have written a review about it, describing your experience. Sharing bad experiences through a resource is a good way of letting people know about the site.

Author: Juana18 Jan 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Muhammedaneez and Lakshmi, I honestly appreciate your comments. Lakshmi, writing the review came easy as it was written based on personal experiences on the various sites. However, I will take your advice and soon write an article as suggested by you. Though, 'how soon' is something I cannot answer, but I assure you I will get down to writing it one day.

Author: Neeraj Verma19 Jan 2013 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 2

I have a quary. please tell me that if i will buy anything from any online merchant. say i have purchased a laptop from flipkart.com then who will be responsible for my warrenty conditions, the manufacturer of the laptop or flipkart.com

Author: Juana20 Jan 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 5

Neeraj you have raised an interesting question. When you buy a product from an online store you can return a damaged/not functioning product back to the store within 7 days of receiving it. For this you need to ring up the customer care and report the problem. Take a docket/reference number for further communication. The store will arrange for the product to be exchanged at no extra cost.
if a problem occurs after the one week has elapsed you will need to get in touch with the manufacture’s service centers and they will rectify the problem according to their guarantee/warranty policy. You will need to have the proof of purchase with you, so keep the invoice/bill safely until the guarantee/warranty period is over.
Hope this helps.

Author: Akash deep09 Feb 2013 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 4

Whenever anyone talks about the most popular online portal of India, ebay came to in my mind. This website for online shopping sites deals with myriad of distinct categories of gadgets and products such as mobile phones, smartphones, tablet, electronics, home appliances, beauty products, kitchen ware, home entertainment, watches, life styles, cameras and much more. You can procure distinct products at lowest price deal offer.

Yesterday I am buying pack of 4 dove soaps in only 18 rupees

http://www.ebay.in

Guest Author: Rahul05 Apr 2013

Just shop a pair of shoes from PUMA official online store pumashop.in. They have huge varieties of shoes. I will definitely be recommending your site to my friends and family for gift ideas, organizations and any other needs they may have.



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