A simple change can save the hard-earned money that you spend on online shopping. We are here to tell you why you should switch from Amazon or Flipkart to other online shopping portals. To begin with, we are not supporting any particular vendor or portal but we just want you to save more with each purchase.
With the increasing popularity of e-commerce and the emergence of online shopping, customers are consistently trying to save money. The whole online retail business runs around savings and other indirect benefits to the customers.
Difference in Indian and Chinese Prices
Firstly, portals like Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal have a setup of vendors and dealers who provide them with products. These dealers get the products that are imported from China. So when you buy anything from these websites, you are paying to the website, the merchant/dealer, and the company that made and exported those good to India.
On the other hand, if you order small gadgets or electronics from Chinese websites like AliExpress, dealextreme, or Bang good, you get them at a relatively lower price as these sites eliminate the expenses incurred by sites like Amazon and Flipkart.
For Example, A Samsung SSD 500GB hard disk is sold by Amazon at Rs. 19,000 and by dealextreme for Rs. 15,232. This is just one example of the price difference in other websites and Chinese e-commerce portals.
As you already know, most of the electronics and gadgets sold in India are made or assembled in China. Having said that, you can get a huge price difference between Indian and Chinese vendors when it comes to gadgets and other stuff.
What Can You Buy?
There are certain profit and loss situations while purchasing from China-based websites. When you buy certain small items, you get a good price difference because custom duty is not levied on them. However, if you buy a smartphone or bigger gadgets from Chinese websites, you may be levied with customs duty.
So here are the items that you can buy from Chinese websites and save money:
Adapters and Converters
You can buy adapters needed for Mac, USB Hubs, micro USB to Type-C converters, OTG converters and more from Chinese websites.
For Example, Power and USB adapters for Mac are available at Indian websites at prices between Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 10,0000. You get the same adapter from Chinese websites at Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 5,000.
You can buy HDMI, VGA, AUX, or AV cables from Chinese websites. Most of these cables and accessories come without customs duty and also with free shipping.
For Example, Voxlink HDMI cable is available on eBay for $15.99, which translates to Rs. 1,000. The same cable is available with Ali Express at a maximum price of $7.65, which means Rs. 489. So you can save approximately Rs. 500 on items like this.
Also, Storage equipment like Memory cards, microSD cards, Pen Drives, and Hard Disks are available at Chinese e-commerce portals at significantly low prices. Also, storage solutions are not very brittle so you don’t have to worry about the goods being damaged during shipping.
For Example, a SanDisk 64GB SD card is available on Amazon at Rs. 3,598 whereas the same is being sold by dealextreme for Rs. 2,915.
Guarantee and Warranty
This is the biggest concern while online shopping from any e-commerce portal. When buying from Chinese websites, you must check the terms of warranty and provision for international guarantee/warranty. If a product is compatible with international warranty, you can buy it with peace of mind.
Also, in case the goods received are not as described, you are eligible for partial or full refunds from Chinese websites like Aliexpress and Gearbest. Also, in case you return the product, you will have to pay the ship-back fee.
Apart from guarantee and warranty, you also need to check the originality of the product. Although big websites like AliExpress, dealextreme, and Gearbest have genuine products listed, being a little cautious is never bad.
For more tips on buying from Chinese websites, you can check out this video here.
Other than these trivial details, you can definitely shop from Chinese websites and save money on small orders. In cases of smartphones, TVs, and other bigger gadgets, you may need to pay customs duty but for the small items as listed in this article, you can save a lot of money.