I still vividly remember the first time I purchased something online. I was sitting in my office back at my old workplace in Australia, thinking that I really needed to get a gift for a friend’s birthday. The problem was, I didn’t feel like trawling through shop after shop to find something suitable.
It was 1999, and the Internet boom had just hit Australia. New online stores were rapidly opening their virtual doors. So, I decided to try one out. The company, wishlist.com.au, has since grown to be one of the standout online retailers in Australia. I was pleasantly surprised by the innovative goods on offer and excellent customers service. Soon, I was also buying groceries online and getting them delivered to my home. And then, bored at work, I amused myself by hunting for bargains on Ebay.
When I came to India seven years ago, I was grateful to get away from the lure of online shopping and my growing addiction to having parcels frequently turn up in my letterbox. Yet, when I settled into life here, I came to really miss the ease of it. This was particularly so because shopping in India is usually not a peaceful experience. I dread the overeager employees, who are more like stalkers than shop assistants. They follow me through the stores and force products (and colours) onto me that I have no interest in. Fending them off is a tiresome process.
Fortunately, over the last few years, online stores have started emerging in India — tentatively at first, but now more confidently. This phase of the Internet in India reminds me of that nascent period in Australia, more than a decade ago. However, the reluctance of Indians to trust online shopping — to buy goods without seeing and feeling them, and to pay over the Internet — has posed some issues. Nevertheless, this has been widely overcome by offering customers the option of paying cash on delivery, and only if they’re happy with the goods. Many stores also provide free delivery.
The result is that new online stores have been mushrooming in India. I’ve purchased books, magazines, clothes including saris, household furniture and decorations, restaurant vouchers, a spa treatment, a printer, and even a vacuum cleaner over the Internet here! I often get groceries delivered too.
Apart from the convenience factor, the ability to get goods at cheap prices is a huge draw card. Let’s face it, one of the reasons why I love shopping online is because of the thrill of finding fabulous deals. The boom in online stores means it’s difficult to keep up with them all and what they’re offering though, especially the discounts and sales. Hence, I was excited to recently discover another new trend in online shopping in India — coupons, and in particular Cuponation.in.
This website has thousands of free discount coupons and deals for a huge range of online stores in India (including my favourites, Jabong and Myntra)! They’re also listed by stores and categories. All you have to do is click on the code, and where necessary, enter it into the retailer’s store when making your purchase. Too easy! And, I discovered some great new stores that I didn’t even know about, like Zovi store.
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