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The best thing about shopping online

When you shop online, you can beat the crowds, shop at any hour, get good deals, find an endless variety of items – and not leave the comfort of your home. Check out the best websites for e-shopping.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2011 11:07 IST
Pranav Dixit

When you shop online, you can beat the crowds, shop at any hour, get good deals, find an endless variety of items – and not leave the comfort of your home.

Four websites that are worth clicking on to

Books: Flipkart.com
First Impression
Neat, clean, organised. Doesn’t look shady. And wait, there’s more than just books here...

Calvin and HobbesVariety/Collection

Pretty much any book you can think of. Trying to be an everything-you-want marketplace. Trying.

Navigation/Ease of use
Perhaps the best-designed Indian shopping site. Swift, simple and will swap anything within 30 days.

Speed of delivery
Near damn instant! We’ve had stuff delivered in less than 24 hours – we’re blown away.

One thing on the site we’d like to be gifted
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover) R4,019

Also visit
infibeam.com, uread.com, abebooks.com

Beauty & Apparel: FashionandYou.com
First Impression
Goopy, unintelligible mess. Is that a banner ad? A sale? A discount promo? Somebody help!

DavidoffVariety/Collection

Great collection of perfumes, some designerwear. Disappointing lack of high-street fashion. Sorry Zara.

Navigation/Ease of use
Give it some time and you’ll find your way around. Stay out of the ‘Luxury Lounge’ that leads nowhere.

Speed of delivery
Bad. Our fairly-large order (hey, it’s the festive season after all!) arrived in about three weeks.

One thing on the site we’d like to be gifted
Davidoff Cool Water perfume Rs2,016

Also visit
yepme.com, 99labels.com, myntra.com

Gadgets: Gadgets.in
First Impression
Fresh, user-friendly and a tad simplistic. Claims to sell the most ‘unique’ gadgets online.

Variety/Collection
Everything you would expect is here... MP3 players, cell phones, hard disks and, er,
cellphone jammers.

SpeakerNavigation/Ease of use

Easy, straightforward, simple. And if you run into problems, you can chat live with customer care. Nice.

Speed of delivery
Both the orders we placed in a span of a month took over a week to arrive. Buck up, slow pokes!

One thing on the site we’d like to be gifted
Philips Fidelio docking speaker
Rs 5,299

Also visit
gadgetsguru.com, 20north.com

General interest: Indiaplaza.com
First Impression
Huge, unending webpage strewn with items that seem to have nothing to do with each other.

Variety/Collection
Art, accessories, mithai, watches, furnishings, ready-to-eat meals, condoms. Yes, condoms.

Navigation/Ease of use
Easy enough once you get over feeling like a kid in a candy store. Great deals on the latest cellphones. Yay!

Speed of delivery
Fast. Almost as fast as Flipkart. Almost.

One thing on the site we’d like to be gifted
Beatles poster Rs229

Also visit
shoppersstop.com, landmarkonthenet.com

Virtual gifts

e-shopWhat do you give the tech geek who already has every gadget possible? Here are a few tips:

Extra storage space for Gmail: $5 a year for 20GB, all the way up to $4,000 a year for – hold your breath – 16 TB. Yes, that’s a T.

Twitter followers: For $29, boosttwitterfollowers.com will add 500 followers to your Twitter. Don’t ask us how.

Personalised domain name: www.YourFirstNameLastName.com. Now that would be a smashing gift!

Flickr Pro subscription: $25 a year for unlimited uploads, unlimited storage and no ads. Make that photographer friend happy.

Flower power
Stainless steel and brass gerberas
fitted with LED lights from Namo.
Available at Namo Kiosk, DLF Place, Saket and Tranceforme Designs, Laxmi Mills Estate, Mumbai. ` 9,495

Elegant
Bottle vases made of wood and metal from Renovation Factory,
44-A, Khan Market, New Delhi. ` 1,800-3,000
kmstore@renovationfactory.co.in

Male polish
Grooming kit for men. From The Body Shop.
Available at all Body Shop stores.
`2,495 onwards

Boxed Love

ankletChocolates in gold, silver and bespoke platters from Patchi.

At Select Citywalk, New Delhi, and Atria Mall, Mumbai.

`1,000 onwards

Grab this
80 years of Hindi film music, from the 1930s to 2010 in an exciting 10-CD set Available at saregama.com for `1,499

Cuff Point
Vintage wrist cuff from AmarExports, Paharganj, Delhi.
`75

Turn Around
Hand painted door/drawer knobs from Khushboo Exports,
Paharganj. ` 20 each


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