How nice would it be to order your favorite item from an international buyer and get it delivered to your home address? I am so excited about the news released yesterday stating that Amazon has its first global store in India and this gives an Indian the opportunity to order any product of choice from Amazon stores in other countries. That’s right Folks.
This is going to be a lot more convenient for frequent Amazon buyers. Earlier, the shipment needed the customs clearance and the order usually gets stuck which leads to the delay in delivery. Whereas now, Amazon promises delivery in not less than 10 to 15 days .The import fee deposit and customs clearance are also provided by Amazon.
The only drawback I can see here is that not all the products are shipped to India but there will be a selected set of items which could of your choice. But like other online retail brands, Amazon will also provide the tracking of shipment.
Next big question that is in front of us is how do we know whether the seller delivers to India? The steps are very easy. Once you have selected the product and added it to the cart, you have to select the delivery address and pick India from the drop down list. The message that you see after that will let you know if the seller ships the item to India. Or you can check for a “global store flag” next to the product. The products with a “global store flag” will definitely be shipped from the US to India.
What are the products that are applicable under this program?
- Clothing and Accessories
- Home and Kitchen
- Sports & Fitness
- Office Supplies
How about the return policy?
The returning of unsatisfied product is very easy. You just have to use the online return center to process the return an mail it back to Amazon.
How do we pay for the global store flagged products?
The payment of products can be made in the local currency. Amazon allows credit/ debit/net banking payment methods. If you take the exchange rates, import fees deposit and shipping costs, the Prices for Global Store products are comparable to the prices on the Amazon.com. India Post, DHL and Aramex will be the third party logistics providers for products ordered from the Amazon Global Store.
Amazon also says that if the actual Import Fees are less than the Import Fees Deposit collected by them on the buyer’s behalf, then the difference will automatically be refunded via the payment method used for the order. This process will take 60 days from the date of shipment.
Amazon’s key pillar is about enhancing the customer experience and it is always proving themselves right through their services and initiatives. With the global store launch, Indians will have a host of international brands to pick from. Happy shopping for the upcoming festive season!
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