The Online Shopping Scene in India
Online Shopping is the new rage in India. It is the new in-thing for a country that was once comfortable with physical shopping. Ecommerce in India, though still in incipient stage, is growing. There is a lot of activity on the online shopping scene: words and terms like online payment, net shopping Flipkart (or Myntra, Yebhi, HomeShop18 etc), COD (Cash on Delivery), payment gateway, discounts, wish list, free shipping, discount coupons, coupon codes, discount vouchers, e-gift vouchers are today as popular as the names of popular brands and physical retail stores.
I have a lot of experience with online shopping. In last three years, I have bought most of my things online provided that it was available online. I started with online book shopping from Flipkart (with 20% discount codes on all books) and graduated to almost all other things that I needed (if it was sold online). I have tried over twenty online sites and I have not been cheated of a single penny (of course I had to write to customer care more than once in many cases in case of problems). I have also helped many of my friends make the switch to online shopping.
Buy Online, Save Money
Today neither me (nor my friends) prefer to buy offline. Of course, online shopping cannot be a total substitute to your life’s needs but it can supplement the usual shopping pattern in a big way. If one is not shopping online then one is at least researching it online, reading reviews, comparing prices across various online shopping sites, looking for authentic products or trying to find discount coupons and codes for the best possible prices. Today you can buy so many things online: books, clothes and apparel, electronic items, mobiles, computers, sports goods etc. Features like Cash on Delivery, policy of ‘no questions asked’ return etc have certainly helped the penetration of the online market.
If you are new to the world of online shopping then you will be surprised to know that you can actually save a big deal. I have rarely bought an item without a good discount. Of course now the trend is changing a bit and with consolidation of the online shopping scene, discounts and shipping rates are all seeing some change. Still the online shopping scene in India is likely to remain discount-driven for more time to come unlike in the US or West where customers are charged a premium for such home delivery of goods and services (go check shipping charges on Amazon, for example).
So how do you save your money and buy cheaper?
So how do you save money on Online Shopping in India with discount codes and coupons? You see almost every online shopping site in India has some form of discount for customers. Either it could be default discounts on products (as now happens in Flipkart) or it could be through various coupon codes, voucher codes, gift codes etc. (or similar names) which give you the discounts. You enter the valid, applicable code (subject to terms and conditions) during the online purchase process on the retailer’s website (for which specific web columns are given) and you click to apply it. And you get it. It is that simple. So you just keep yourself informed about the discount codes and coupons for online shopping and you get your products at cheaper rates. You save big money.
How to know various discount coupons and codes for online shopping?
Yes, they are so many out there; you could be lost in the online maze. Such data crunching could be bewildering for most people apart from costing you enormous time and energy. One individual cannot keep track of them. What is more they keep coming— online shopping site keep releasing new coupons, gift codes, discount code and old ones expire. And then there are so many online shopping concerns in India today (some like Timtara even cheated customers and brought bad name to online shopping and there is no dearth of such sites if you are not careful).
The solution lies in following a reliable website that indexes all the online shopping discount codes and coupons for the ecommerce and related websites in India such as Yebhi, Myntra, Flipkart, HomeShop18, Tradus, MakeMyTrip, Jabong, eBay, freecharge and others. Such sites (with their editors and online staff) keep a meticulous eye on the online shopping sites, retailers and brands and provide customers with up-to-date information about online discount codes that an online shopper could use to save money. Remember that online shopping does not have to be an expensive affair; you often (if not always) have the option to save with online discounts and coupons. You can register on sites like CupoNation.in and get free email updates of discounts and augment your online savings.
See an example of savings with Online discount codes
See the image below from the said online money saving site’s top 20 online deals and discounts page—
You click on the ‘view code’ link and you will be guided accordingly. You use the code (FREEDOM 15 in this case) to get 1000 Rupees cashback on your payments to MakeMyTrip (that is, if you are lucky; I have been lucky once and got my air ticket refund in 2011. See image below where I was informed of my refund by online payment gateway ccAvenue, late 2011).
Discount codes, vouchers, gift codes and promo codes have become so popular that there is hardly any online retailer doing business without it. Such discounts are a boon to customers and at the same time bring new customers to the fold of online shopping in India. They are here to stay.
So do save money with Online Shopping. Do check for online deals, prices, promo codes before buying and make an informed decision with online shopping. Saving money online is very much possible and people out there are doing it. And there is no dearth of discount coupon sites on web. Choose your site carefully. Expired coupons and deals could only bring you tension. A good site would constantly update its database of online coupons and deals to help you save with online purchasing. Not every site claiming to help you save money online could be the right ‘dealguru’ for you. All the best to you. Buy Online, Save Big. 🙂
Note: Images of online shopping sites are their screenshots used for illustrative purposes only.