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How to Save Money When Shopping Online in India

How to Save Money When Shopping Online in India

Online shopping in India is increasing, and people like me prefer to order things online rather than going to shop and purchase it. Specially, utilities that doesn’t need physical inspection, they are lot easier to buy online now.With so many Indian e-commerce websites coming in, and specially if you are a brand conscious shopper, you will find amazing deals online. At the same time shopping online have it’s own advnatges and disadvantages. If you are an impulsive buyer, you might end up shopping un-ncessarily. In last 2-3 years, I have seen many E-commerce websites in India coming up and dying, and based on my online shopping experience, I will share some insights, tips and ideas on shopping online from Indian E-commerce sites and also how to save maximum money.

Save money on Online Shopping India

With the features like cash on delivery, shopping online have become more easier, and anyone with internet connection can shop from home. If you live in metro cities, you will find it more convenient to order stuff online rather than going to shop for shopping. Most of the time, when ever I have to order a branded stuff or buy a utility or gadget, I prefer ordering it online, as I get best deal online and since I live in capital city of India, delivery is quick.

What Online and E-commerce sites I prefer to shop from:

I use different websites for different purposes. For example, IRCTC to book train tickets, Makemytip to book flight tickets, Snapdeal and Infibeam to browse products (I don’t usually end up buying with them), and few more websites that I will share below.

First let me share few tips which you should keep in mind when you are sitting infront of your laptop with credit card details:

  • Don’t be an impulsive buyer. If you like a product, don’t instant buy it, if you want to save money. I will talk about this later in this article.
  • Buy stuff which you are going to use, don’t buy just for the sake of it or to increase your shopping basket.
  • Don’t buy cheapest product, rather buy second best cheapest product. This will create a big difference for your collection.
  • If 0% EMI option is available, prefer to use that instead of COD or paying at one time. This way burden on your pocket will be less.
  • If E-cmmerce site have option for coupon, do search for coupon codes to get extra discount.
  • Make a list of stuff which you need, and keep an eye on special deals from Snapdeal, eBay, Groupon or other similar sites.
  • Last but not the least : Money saved is money earned, so again “Don’t buy stuff which you don’t need”.

In last 8 months I have done online shopping worth 1 Lack (Including iPhone5), and I try to save as much as I could. After wasting few of my heard-earned money on buying random stuff, I learned it hard way to buy only those stuff which I’m going to use, and not because product looks interesting. More over, don’t rely on one site for shopping, as you can always find great deals for same product on other E-commerce site. So, let me share how I shop now, and this will be helpful for many Indian users, who prefer shopping online:

  • Make a list of product that you want to buy.
  • If you know what you want, but don’t know which company or brand you should go for. Do a research online. Check reviews on eBay, Junglee, Snapdeal (if available), or similar E-commerce sites where people leave reviews.
  • So once you have found the product (Brand name and product name), you want to buy go to Junglee.com and search for it. Junglee is Indian amazon site, which compares product price on different Indian E-commerce site and you will be able to find the lowest possible price.

For example, here is a price comparison of HP printer on different Indian E-commerce sites:

Comparing Online product price in India

Now, I could see the lowest price is on first site followed by Infibeam and Snapdeal. Usually I don’t mind ordering from a new e-commerce sites, as most of E-commerce sites have return policy. Though, when I shop from a new Indian E-commerce site, I do check things:

  • About page – Give me details about the company.
  • Refund policy
  • Payment options
  • Design
  • Contact information

If any of these details are missing, I skip to next site. Trust factor is very important for any E-commerce site. From the above image, Snapdeal, Infibeam, Vijay sales are known brand, and trustable. So if a new site fails to create trust in first impression, I simply jump to trustable once. Now, along with product based discount, many of these sites have option for putting promo code. For example, when you are shopping from Snapdeal, along with discount on the product, you can use snapdeal discount coupon to get extra discount on final bill. There are many online coupon sites like Couponzguru, where you can get discount coupons for various E-commerce sites, or a simple Google search (E-commerce site name + discount Coupon ) will let you find more coupon codes.

Search for Coupon codes

As I mentioned above, if you are buying a costly product online, it’s better to go for EMI option. Since almost all of these online sites offer 0% EMI option, you have nothing to lose, and you will not put a big hole in your pocket instantly. Specially if you are buying mobile phones, laptop or any costly gadget, EMI option is your best friend. This way, you will not only shop at lowest possible price, but also you will end up shopping smartly. Also, additionally you should take advantage of Payback points if available. For example, when you shop from Makemytip, you accumulate points and you could use it to get extra goodies for free from Payback.in. This option may not be available on online shops, but still an option you should look for.

When I bought iPhone last time, I ordered it from Infibeam, and with discount coupon I saved INR500 ($10), which may not be much, but again that 500 saving means, I earned extra 500.

These are few tips I could think of right now which will help you to save money when you are shopping online. If you have an additional tip or trick to share for saving more money, do share with me via comments. If you find this article informative, do consider sharing it on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • subhash

    Hey Harsh,

    You may keep looking at some offer sites for offers. I got Rs.4000/- off on laptop on flipkart with a coupon site’s offer.

    Reply
  • SK

    Harsh you have written an awesome post. Another very good way to save money while shopping online is using coupon codes and online cashback sites which allow you to get good discounts and in turn save considerable amount of money.

    Reply
  • Vikaschand Yadav

    Hi Harsh this information is really very helpful for me and everybody who want to shop online.

    Reply
  • Sandhya

    Harsh,

    If you use credit cards than things are much easier to shop online. Most of the credit cards like City,HDFC have tie up with leading online shopping portals like eBay India and Flip Kart so when I purchase they offer me 0% interest, :) belive me recenly I purchased Dell Laptop for 50000 on which I pay thru credit card then paid it like 5 months X 10000, no interest or extra charges… cool for monthly salaried people …

    Thanks,
    Sandhya

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Sandhya
      Thanks for the tip and I mentioned about the same 0% EMI.. It’s actually better to use EMI options when ever possible. More over, many services offer points which could be use to redeem later.

      Reply
  • ankit sharma

    seriously very useful tips , one question that what to do if your product or thing you buy online is bad quality thing or product, where to contact for replacement for product…….

    Reply
  • ravi kumar

    Nice Article Harsh.However,i prefer homeshop18 more than any other e-commerce sites.I have also used flipkart on few occassions but they always supplied defected product.I really hate that site.Their customer care service is also not good.Thanks for sharing this article..It will really help me because i have never used couponzonegure.Keep posting such articles..

    Reply
  • Bibin varghese

    Why you didn’t mention Flipkart??i didn’t see a word on the post

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Bibin
      There is no particular reason I have not mentioned Flipkart or similar sites.. I wrote about sites that I usually use, and yes I have used Flipkart too in the past. Might have slipped in from my mind, but that’s alright as It’s hard to remember all the sites which I ordered from in last 1-2 years.

      Reply
  • Aditya Singh

    What i think about online shopping is. It is not save to buy product from online we only know is that the BRAND name, we can’t know the quality of the product. We only know is that the BRAND name.

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    • Rajesh

      Aditya online shopping is great way to save money as seller does need to spend money on other stuff like infrastructure.You can read review online to know about product.Only you don’t get that feel of taking product with you at home at same time :-)

      Reply

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