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Shopping online?Tips for best online shopping experience

Shopping online? Be careful with third-party sellers

As the popularity and reach of  online shopping grows, more sellers are joining the bandwagon. For these sellers, companies like Flipkart, Amazon, eBay, Indiatimes Shopping, InfiBeam, Rediff and  Snapdeal etc offer an easy option to reach out to customers.

Tips for best online shopping experience
* On Flipkart, if possible buy only from WS Retail

* On Amazon, if possible buy only the items that are part of “fulfilled by Amazon” programme

* In any virtual marketplace, buy only from sellers that have good reputation (feedback score) and have done a few hundred transactions

* On eBay, pay through PaisaPay and get the items through courier. This creates a record of the transaction, which can be useful if you face issues with a seller. Also, eBay doesn’t release PaisaPay money to a seller unless it gets a confirmation that the product has been delivered

* If you run into an issue, raise a claim with the platform owner immediately. Also, communicate with the seller on email so you have some documentary proof

* If possible, buy from only the sellers that list their contact numbers and emails IDs

* If possible, buy only the goods that come with official warranty and not “seller warranty”

Updated: June 5, 2014 — 3:11 am
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