With an increasing number of internet and smartphone users, India is witnessing a dramatic growth in the number of online shoppers too. It is expected that by 2026, India’s e-commerce market will be worth $200 billion, growing at a 30% CAGR for GMV (gross merchandise value), according to India’s Digital Leap – The Multi Trillion Dollar Opportunity, by investment bank Morgan Stanley.
Such statistics clearly indicate that the confidence of Indian buyers is increasing on the e-commerce sites. They are no longer shying away from buying expensive items like mobile phones online. Buying smartphones online comes with its own share of benefits that the offline pathway cannot offer. Offering a plethora of choices, amazing discounts and doorstep delivery in the shortest possible timeframe, it certainly seems to be the best avenue for shopping.
Here are my top picks for buying mobile phones online.
Amazon has established a strong presence in India, selling almost everything under the sun, from refrigerators to daily groceries and even smartphones. It definitely is a trusted name worldwide. So, check out Amazon for top brands like Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Moto, Lenovo, Honor, Sony, Micromax, Xiaomi and more. Amazon has more than 7,000 mobile phones and accessories listed on its Indian site.
In India, Flipkart is the most popular indigenous online shopping website. It claims to offer the latest and best smartphones at the lowest price. The site allows you search for mobile phones using filters like price, popularity, latest products and more. You can further filter thousands of smartphones based on the brand, price, screen size, OS, features and more. The site offers you multiple buying and EMI options on select credit cards.
Snapdeal is a popular Delhi-based ecommerce portal, where you can shop for electronics, apparel, shoes, home & kitchen appliances and more. Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal started this company in February 2010. Here, you will find popular smartphones from Samsung, Apple, Micromax, HTC & more.
Launched in 2010 as a payment gateway, Paytm today also runs an ecommerce store, Paytm Mall, where you can shop for a wide range of products, from apparel to home décor and groceries to mobile phones from almost all brands. The cashbacks and discount coupons are the biggest attractions of this store.
eBay is a one-stop destination for buying and selling electronics, cars, apparel, sports goods, collectibles and much more. If you are looking for used products that are as good as new but without the price tag of the new product, this is where you should head. Use filters like OS, camera, type like touch, qwerty, RAM, colour and more to narrow down your choices. eBay allows you choose from new, used or “not specified” categories. Multiple payment options are an added attraction.
When you choose an e-commerce platform that sell multiple other items along with electronics, it becomes slightly difficult to trust their expertise in any specific category. This is where Croma stands out, specializing only in electronics. On their website, you’ll find a vast range of phones that you can choose based on OS, dual SIM, camera and other features. This is where you are sure to find every brand and every model of smartphone.
Another popular online shopping destination that only sell electronics is Saholic. It was started in 2010 by Spice Group. This online portal allows you to buy a phone on EMIs, financed by almost all banks in India.
Established by Sanjay Sethi, Sandeep Aggarwal and Radhika Aggarwal in July 2011 in Gurugram, Shopclues is known for its genuine brand offerings, low prices and impressive customer service. Use “Shop by Categories” to find Android Phones, Unboxed Phones, Feature Phones, Refurbished Phones, Value Added Services and more. You can also sell old or used mobiles at the best price at here.
Founded by Vishal Mehta in 2007 and headquartered in Ahmedabad, Infibeam’s tagline is “Shop with a smile.” Infibeam only offers authentic products. And, other than mobile phones, you’ll also find a plethora of options for accessories here.
Although last on my list, Askmebazaar is certainly not the least. It is a user-friendly website where you can find all kinds of products at reasonable prices, including smartphones and from leading brands.
When buying mobile phones online, don’t forget to compare models and search for discounts to get yourself the best deal.
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