A Guide To Shopping At Amazon.com From India

Based on a report from InternetRetailer.com, the Indian direct-to-consumer e-commerce market is likely to double in size to more than $3 billion within three years, and could grow to reach $15 billion by 2017. It further goes on to state that India’s online customer base of around 20 million shoppers could increase as much as 1400% and reach 300 million shoppers within 10 years. This makes it a very exciting market for e-commerce in the region, and while there are several online stores operating in India, many consumers prefer Amazon.com for their online shopping needs.

Amazon India

 

Speaking of Amazon.com, there is no official Amazon.co.in (Amazon India) web store of Amazon in the Indian region. This is because the current Foreign Direct Investment rules don’t allow foreign retailers selling a wide variety of brands to operate in India. However, this does not mean that consumers based in India cannot avail the benefits that Amazon India shopping services would provide. You should note that Amazon US is also available for international customers, and this subsidiary department of Amazon USA is referred to as Amazon Global.

Advantages Of Shopping From Amazon.com

The prime advantage of visiting Amazon Global for Amazon India shopping is that it provides a tremendously huge variety of goods that you can view online. Amazon Global is one of the world’s largest store and thus you have a large inventory of items that you can browse through – all within the comfort of your own home.

Amazon.com is one of the most trusted online stores over the world-wide web. So whether it be Amazon India shopping or any other region for that matter – you don’t have to fear getting scammed online and losing your precious credit card details.

Payment Methods

As of present, consumers based in India can make use of the following payment methods in order to pay for purchased goods at Amazon Global.

At present, Amazon accepts the following payment methods:

  1. American Express,
  2. Diners Club (US billing address only),
  3. Discover,
  4. JCB,
  5. MasterCard,
  6. Eurocard,
  7. Visa,
  8. Visa Check Cards,
  9. Payment from your checking account,
  10. Amazon.com Gift Cards,
  11. Amazon.com Gift Card Claim Codes,
  12. Amazon Payments Stored Balance, and
  13. the Amazon Store Card.

Amazon Global

Amazon Global is Amazon’s web service that not only accepts international orders, but also ships some of the items featured on Amazon USA overseas. You can click here in order to access the Amazon International web page.

International consumers based in India can browse through a wide variety of items featured in the massive inventory of the Amazon USA store. These product categories include Books, Clothing, Electronics, Automotive, Health & Personal Care, Home Improvement, Home & Garden, Jewelry, Kindle, Music, Movies & TV, Pet Supplies, Shoes & Accessories, Software, Sports & Outdoors, Toys & Games, Video Games, and Watches.

 

 

You should however note that not all items listed in these categories will be available for international shipping to India, and it is always better to view each product’s specific shipping policies before you place at order for it on Amazon Global.

If you are looking for bestsellers, then you should have no trouble finding them as they are specially highlighted in the Amazon Global featured categories. Some examples of bestsellers may include electronics equipment and high-tech gadgets such as Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, Kindle Accessories, Books, DVDs, Watches, Shoes, Toys, Baby products, Memory Cards, and Portable External Hard Drives.

Check To See Items That Are Available For International Delivery

When you open up the specific web page of a product featured on Amazon Global, you will be shown a list of all details associated with that product. Scroll down the page to the ‘Shipping’ heading in the Product Details section to see the availability of the product.

If it says “Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.”, then the item is not available for international delivery. If it says “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.”, then you are in luck and you can very well order it online for international delivery to India.

Just to be sure that you always see a list of items which are shipped internationally, keep the “International Shipping” filter active in the search bar on the Amazon Global page.

Alternately, you can also hit “Ctrl + F” on your keyboard and search for the ‘Shipping’ heading in the Product Details section of the product you are viewing.

Amazon.com To India Shipping Rates

Various shipping rates apply on all international order deliveries from Amazon Global to other countries including India. For ease of customer understanding, Amazon USA has sub-categorized both its shipping rates and its shipping times into three main categories: Standard Shipping, Expedited Shipping, and Priority Courier Shipping.

Here is a breakdown of all these shipping options.

Standard Shipping

As mentioned on the Amazon Global Shipping Policies help page, Standard shipping to India takes 9 to 12 business days. This is the slowest mode of international delivery from Amazon Global, but it is also the cheapest. Here are the rates.

Expedited Shipping

For slightly faster shipping duration, you can avail Expedited Shipping. Expedited shipping to India can take 5 to 10 business days, and is slightly more expensive than Standard Shipping.

Priority Courier Shipping

If you are in a bit of a hurry to get your package delivered, then you can go for Priority Courier Shipping. Priority Courier Shipping to India is much faster and can take anywhere from 3 to 5 business days. It is also the costliest.

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Surcharge For Heavier And Bulky Items

If your ordered items have an unusual size or weight, then Amazon.com may charge some extra fee from you. Refer to the figure and link below.

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Warranty Issues

While placing your order, make sure that your item has an International Warranty that is valid in your region. Some warranties may be honored by a few manufacturers while some may not be considered valid. Also, be sure to check ay rules and regulations that apply from your customs duties.

Conclusion

 

Amazon USA

 

While Amazon India shopping services may not be available in the Indian region, Amazon Global is a very good alternate route to go the international way. With greatly competitive prices and a huge variety of items to choose from, Amazon Global will be more than enough to suffice your online shopping needs. Click on this link for the Amazon Global page at Amazon.com.

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