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Get help while shopping

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 28, 2011 13:27 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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Shopahoplics rejoice. Snagging a good bargain in Mumbai, that too at a budget that suits you, just got a whole lot easier. Kanika Kapur, 27, has recently started shopping tours that cater to anyone out for a round of retail therapy. These customised tours, that can be accessed on the website www.mymumbaishopping.com, include visits to shops from a comprehensive list of stores and boutiques complied that accommodate every occasion and budget.

The idea to start this venture came to Kapur during her brother’s wedding a few years ago. “I am a shopaholic and when my brother was getting married, relatives would ask me where to shop. That was when the idea for such a venture first struck me,” says Kapur, who is a mutual funds advisor. Getting started, however, took some time and the site only became fully functional last month.

Each tour offered at My Mumbai Shopping is customised to suit the purchaser. Shopping for party dresses, designer wear, tailor-made clothes, wedding outfits, jeans and T-shirts to even accessories like bags and scarves and jewellery can be included as part of the package. You can even decide on the type of chauffeur-driven car that you’d like to drive around to reach the stores that stock what you need. Kapur comes along, providing tips on what style would suit you and helps you get a good bargain. “There is no minimum or maximum amount of budget that you need to spend. So that’s not an issue while hiring these services,” says Kapur. The costs for these tours depend on the type of package one opts for and the hours spent.

So far Kapur has catered to seven groups. She says, “A woman was down recently for her son’s wedding and I helped her shop. I was also part of a group that was in India for an engagement.” Kapur adds that foreigners, who are in the country on a holiday and want to indulge in some shopping, have also asked her for assistance. The tours are currently at a nascent stage, Kapur plans to expand them to add more features.

How it works
To get yourself into a package, a shopper just needs to email or call Kapur.
She then sends across a quote detailing the costs.
Once the quote is accepted, she emails a questionnaire that determines the shopping needs of the person.
It also allows Kapur to understand the likes and dislikes of the shopper.
She then makes an itinerary on places that can be included.
The customer approves the list, makes a 50 per cent advance payment and the tour date is decided.
Kapur also comes along to provide assistance to the shopper while he/she makes the purchases.

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