Online shopping trends in India have been rising steadily over the course of the past few couple of years. The exponential increase in number of internet users in the region has further contributed to this growing trend, and as a result, many Indian online retail stores launched recently are showing huge sales and an increase in their customer base from all over India. In this article, we take a look at the top 5 most popular local online department stores in India.
Flipkart.com is what you would call ‘Amazon India’ – just like Amazon USA is popular in the United States and Amazon UK is popular in Europe, so is Flipkart.com in India. The website went live in 2007 with the objective of making books easily available to anyone who had internet access. Gradually, it expanded its business and is now present across various categories including movies, music, games and video games, mobiles, cameras, computers, healthcare and personal products, home appliances and electronics, stationery, perfumes, toys, apparels, shoes, and many other consumer items.
Flipkart offers its user multiple payment methods – you may use Internet Banking, E-Gift Voucher (eGV), Cash on Delivery and Wallet (for the Flyte service) to make your purchase. Also, it accepts payments made using Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and American Express credit/debit cards in India and 21 other countries. At the same time, you may need to check with individual sellers to determine delivery times for your ordered items.
As the URL address of the website suggests, Ebay.in is Ebay’s local website for India. Founded in 1995, Ebay is the world’s largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. Then in 2005, Ebay’s Indian portal, Ebay.in was launched. The website offers a wide variety of goods to its customers such as mobiles, cameras, laptops, electronics items, tablets, clothing, healthcare and beauty items, home and kitchen appliances, entertainment gadgets and many more. Ebay.in users can pay for purchased goods through PaisaPay, which is Ebay.in’s own payment service that consumers in India can use by means of credit card or online bank transfer. A great all-around site for all your shopping needs.
Jabong.com is a fairly different site as compared to the other two discussed above in that it caters to the fashion needs of men, women and kids across footwear, apparel, jewellery and accessories. The online Indian department store focuses on clothing, apparel and fashion and accessory item like watches primarily, but has also expanded its business towards home equipment and furniture items. Kitchen items like dishes and dinner sets, home décor, furnishings and sports items are also available. Accepted payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, Debit Card/Credit Card or Netbanking and also cash on delivery.
Myntra.com is one of India’s largest e-commerce store for fashion and lifestyle products. The site probably has the widest range of brands and products on its portal in the region. Myntra.com is the main competitor of Jabong.com, mentioned above, and like the latter, it also deals primarily in clothing and fashion apparel and accessories. The site accepts the following payment methods: Cash On Delivery (available in select pincodes), Credit Card, Debit Card, Net banking and EMI (Credit Card). Definitely worth your visit if you are looking for a wide variety of clothing options for yourself.
MakeMyTrip.com was founded in the year 2000. Over the course of the past few years, it went on to pioneer the entire online travel industry in India. The website aims to empower the Indian traveller with instant booking and comprehensive choices to tourist destinations all across the globe. It provides Indian customers with International and Domestic Air Tickets, Holiday Packages and Hotels reservations, domestic bus and rail tickets, private car and taxi rentals and also travel access packages to meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.