Updated 20 May, 2013, 5:15 pm IST
Top 5 Indian tech shopping sites
| by Rossi Fernandes
For many of us in India, shopping has always been about going to a shop, a mall looking for a thing we want to buy, making a decision at that moment and finally paying via cash. As the number of internet shopping sites swell, the need to go out and make a hurried buying decision is no longer there. For technology related products for example, one can browse through many forums and sites such as ours before making up their mind on exactly what they want to buy.
There’s a growing trend when it comes to electronics, including everything from flash drives to even TVs and notebooks, which cost more than a lakh. Even for these purchases, nowadays, people rely on online stores and more and more sales are there. Sometimes, the effort, money and time saved in going to the electronics street in your city and finding a shop that sells a product, and that too at a good price is just not worth it. Online shopping sites are going to get popular. We list a few interesting sites and we’d like to hear from you if you have any more to add to the list.
Flipkart - best known for its prices and prompt service
Flipkart started off as an online book store, but of late, it’s better known for a number of things, including a popular place to buy electronics. Sure, you won’t find motherboards and graphics cards there, but everything from mobile phone covers to high-definition TVs are on offer. The site design is simple and intuitive, making browsing for the product you’re looking for simple. Brand coverage is also very good, so you will find most of the mainstream brands and products there. Prices are also extremely competitive and products in some categories are often cheaper online, than in retail stores. The variety of movies and game titles also makes it 'the' place to shop online.
A reputation for delivering goods promptly in most cases also makes it a very popular spot for anyone looking to buying gadgets. We’ve also noticed a lot of products, not available in market being available for pre-order.
Theitdepot - Mainly for the computer user
Buying PC hardware online in India has been much more difficult. There are few shops that ship across the country. The number of products available also is somewhat limited. Theitdepot happens to be one of the more prominent mainstream PC component site with a bunch of accessories available for purchase, too.
All products are neatly categorised to a very minute level. For example, under computer hardware one can find everything from cabinets to flash drives to processors. The entire list of products is split into Computer Hardware, Laptops, Apple devices, Cameras, Gaming and so on. There are even complete desktop PCs available for sale. There are a bunch of mobile phones available too, but the list of products aren't updated. The desktops section allows users to choose between a number of presets. For those who want to customize their PCs, there's an option to do that, too.
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