First tip for online shopping in India for western clothes to be shipped to India: DON’T. The website will lead you to believe there will be no hassle on your end, but it is just not the truth so far for me.
Online Shopping in India for Western Clothes, My experiences
I am a huge fan of the dresses on this site. Although most are too scandalous for India, I can’t help but shop on here. My wishlist is longer than any Christmas list I had as a child. They ship internationally with DHL Global. FYI this is not a slow version of DHL express. This means that when my package(s) didn’t arrive within a month there was no tracking number. DHL Global only tracks until it leaves the country, and once it got to India it was thrown into the Indian local post.
That means it was at some airport in India waiting for someone to come pay taxes and fees on it, but how could I know which without tracking? After a lot of frustration I did get my orders canceled when the packages never arrived. If you pay express + the custom fees the delivery man will demand, you’re going to end up 100 dollars over the original payment. Oh, how I miss my free shipping in America.
Delivered from England to India via Express 2-5 day delivery. Fantastic! Except it wasn’t.
In the states I always used a promo code for free two day express shipping. After a week and no package, I tracked online to see that my package was in Delhi waiting for someone to pay taxes for customs. Upon calling customer care, ASOS informed me that once in India they switched to Blue Dart, who ALSO used a smaller carrier in Delhi.
In the end, I called a random man’s cell phone to go pay for my package AFTER I wired money to his account. Of course, there were no instructions in the ASOS email that I would have to hunt this package down instead of it showing up at my door. The package made it one week after the money was wired.
Yes I know I’m not in Jr. High School but Pacsun surprised me last year with some really cute beach clothes on the cheap! I’m told they have partnered with Urban Outfitters, who is to thank for the change). Pacsun’s international shipping claims “No money paid on delivery” I thought it seemed too good to be true, but at check out I paid 40 dollars upfront for taxes on a 100 dollar purchase to what I assumed was India. When the package was delivered (this one cleared customs without me calling), I had to pay more money to the deliveryman.
So, where can you order from?
Since this, I have decided to only online shop with Indian websites. Flipkart and
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