Well, I have covered more than a couple of foreign language blogs. So I figured its time for something different, and here it is. This is a blog on the best shopping sites online in India you could shop from today.
So when I made up my mind to shop from shopping sites online for the first time I wasn’t ready at all because of fear in mind:
- What if I got scammed? ( biggest fear )
- What if they will not have return policies?
- What if they send something which doesn’t suit me?
- What if there will be size issues, color issues, shape issues, so on.
BUT, nowadays things are not the same as they used to be. I mean, going out and spending time shopping at Sarojini Nagar or other markets is definitely fun. But then such shopping sprees are immensely tiring and take a lot of time!
Now we shop online with no fear because the shopping sites have built trust (also, everybody is doing it and most Indians are just a sheep, admit it, please) and we are quite dependent on them. I mean, its good but not all shopping sites are good to shop.
That is why I am here to tell the top 10 best shopping sites online (In India) so you can get ideas. I have made the list according to reviews ( real human reviews), from my own experience online shopping with them ( personal review), and lastly according to everything these online shopping sites offer (rewards, subscriptions, discounts, schemes, delivery speed, quality of service, among other stuff).
So without making it too long I will tell you some of the best shopping sites online in India as of 2019.
Myntra – One of the top shopping sites online for clothing items
Myntra is one of the largest shopping sites online focused on clothing & fashion in India. Though it started out on its own, Myntra was acquired by Flipkart in May 2014. Currently, it’s a subsidiary under the Parent brand Flipkart and is owned by Walmart since May 2018.
Myntra is one of the few shopping sites online that offer almost anything you can think of under the umbrella of clothing. Whether it is for men, kids, women or any item from caps, t-shirts, ethnic wears to wristwatches, Myntra have it all covered.
Flipkart– The pioneer of online shopping in India
Started in 2007 by Sachin and Binny Bansal, Flipkart is one of the most popular shopping sites online in India. Currently, Flipkart is considered as a best shopping site online to purchase smartphones, with a huge list of companies launching their latest smartphones exclusively on the website.
With revenues of more than Rs. 15,129 crore in 2016, it’s growth is one of the quickest in a dynamic Indian eCommerce market. Like Amazon, Flipkart also has an extensive catalog and a wide range of products. Almost everything can be found here to buy. To strengthen its dominance in the Indian market, Flipkart even bought Myntra for $290 million in 2014. Myntra later acquired Jabong for $70 million in 2016. Two years later, American retail giant Walmart acquired a 77% controlling stake in Flipkart in a US $16 billion deal.
More About Flipkart: (Myntra, Jabong, Ekart Logistics, PhonePe a digital payment leader) these all are Flipkart subsidiaries called with one name “Instakart Services Pvt Ltd
Jabong– One of the great shopping sites online best known for its marketing campaigns
Founded in 2012, Jabong is another fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal in India. It is one of the best shopping sites apart from Myntra offering a full range of apparel, fashion accessories, and other lifestyle products. Jabong was acquired by Flipkart for $70 million in July 2016. The time between 2011-2013 were the best days for Jabong, as their marketing campaigns received accolades and mass appreciation.
Amazon– The current global leader in eCommerce
Amazon is the undisputed king of global eCommerce. It is in fact, the harbinger of the convenience online shopping brought to us in the present day.
Almost every shopping sites online you’ll see here was in some ways influenced by Amazon. The fact that its founder, Jeff Bezos is the richest in the world today says a lot about its growth and coverage.
Amazon has already pumped in worth USD $5 Billion of investments in the Indian market. The company recently opened its largest office campus at Hyderabad this year.
Nykaa– A great shopping site for women to shop beauty products
Nykaa is one of the shopping sites online for women. The Mumbai-based multi-brand retailer also opened its first physical retail store at T3, Indira Gandhi international airport, Delhi, in the year 2015.
Nykaa today is mainly an eCommerce website focused on selling beauty & wellness products from top brands. The company’s offline presence too is expanding as Nykaa currently has 35+ stores located across India.
AJIO– An emerging online shopping site with its own fashion label
AJIO, one of the emerging shopping sites online carries a wide portfolio of owned, branded and handpicked collections from India and around the world. AJIO Own is AJIO’s trendy in-house label, has a wide collection of clothing, footwear, and accessories, maternity wear, a tweens collection, and an activewear range. The company has an exclusive Indian collection, showcasing a variety of creations by artisans and boutiques from all around the globe.
Shein– An internationally known shopping site online for women
Shein is one of the top international shopping sites online mainly focused on clothing for women. However, they also sell a decent collection of clothing and fashion accessories for men and kids too. Founded in 2008, the company’s business covers over 200 countries and regions across the world.
In India, Shein has only recently emerged as a favorite eCommerce store for young Indian women. The company found its success here mainly due to its well-executed influencer marketing strategies and good word-of-mouth promotions.
PepperFry– The best place for online furniture shopping
It’s a shame that popular furniture-based eCommerce companies such as Ikea have only recently been able to establish themselves in India. However, there are several companies that have emerged over the years to provide alternatives to the Swedish furniture giant.
PepperFry is one of these shopping sites online that are the best if you’re in for some furniture shopping online. Unlike Ikea, PepperFry does not produce and sell its own furniture products. It instead sells furniture items produced by a number of manufacturers on its eCommerce portal.
HomeShop18– A once-popular shopping site that still finds an audience
Back in the days when Flipkart & Amazon were yet to reach peak popularity in India, HomeShop18 was one of the top shopping sites online people visited. HomeShop18’s popularity at the time was also due to its TV channel and shows that run on its parent company Viacom 18’s network.
However, the huge investments made by Amazon and Flipkart in the space made HomeShop18 fall into the shadows, never to rise again out of there.
LimeRoad– An underrated shopping site online unique in its own ways
Last. but the least on this list of shopping sites online is LimeRoad. The name of this shopping site is inspired by the Grand Trunk Road, a highway that revolutionized trade in India back in the 16th century.
LimeRoad was initially established as a fashion marketplace only for women (similar to Shein). Later it expanded and now covers everything in fashion for both men and women. LimeRead differentiates itself from competitor shopping sites online with a few additional features such as social shopping and helping users create a virtual scrapbook for items they want to shop.