While the launch of Amazon’s full scale operations in India is still awaited – depending on when the Indian government’s multi-brand FDI in retail policy is in place – the ecommerce major has expanded the range of products that ship to India. Previously, it only shipped Books, VHS videotapes CDs, DVDs, Music Cassettes, Vinyl, to India, at standard shipping rates. Recently, Amazon updated its Shipping terms page indicating that it will also ship Jewelry, Watches, Baby products, Automotive, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys, Clothing Items, and Shoes to India.
Interestingly, standard shipping for items other than Books, VHS videotapes CDs, DVDs, Music Cassettes, Vinyl, has only been extended to India, across the entire Asia-Pacific region. For Jewelry, Watches, and Baby products Amazon will charge $4.99 per shipment in addition to $4.99 per item, and for Automotive, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys, Clothing Items, Shoes, it will charge $4.99 per shipment plus $2.99/lb as shipping charges. Amazon estimates delivery under standard shipments at 18-31 days.
Amazon also offers Expedited shipping to India for all items including Kindle and Kindle accessories, where it charges $8.99 to $13.99 per shipment in addition to a per item charge, and promises to deliver within 8-16 days.
We noticed that a few items, including a Citizen Eco-Drive watch and an Xbox Kinect game, were not eligible for shipping to India. However, it’s interesting to note that the Kindle Fire,
Amazon’s tablet, which was earlier restricted to the US market, is now being shipped to India without any shipping charges, since it falls under Amazon’s super saver offer under which all order of value more than $25 qualify for free shipping. Update: Amazon allows users to add the Kindle Fire to the cart, however, at the time of check-out, informs that the product can not be shipped to India. We thank our readers for pointing it out and apologize for the inaccuracy.
While we don’t think that this should affect Indian e-retailers to a large extent as shipping costs would make the majority of products expensive, it would certainly allow buyers who want to ship products not available in India to order easily without using third party US addresses or sites like ShopYourWorld. It would also affect eBay which offers Global EasyBuy allowing users to buy products from global sellers.
Amazon runs the price comparison site/product aggregator Junglee.com in India.