US-based online PC retailer Newegg has announced plans to expand its operations to India and five other markets very soon. It will also start shipping products to Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland and Singapore, apart from offering its services in US, Canada, UK and Australia.
A lot of people are under the impression that Indians will be able to avail cheaper PC components from US following this announcement, but any such hope is misplaced. The company will not be setting up base here immediately and all products will be shipped from the US. These products will cost pretty much the same as they do in India after adding duties, taxes and shipping charges.
That being the case, you might as well order from eBay sellers in US or even via Amazon. The only issue is that you need to ask these services to deliver the products to a shipping company like shipito that gives you a pincode in US to deliver your order to. There are some of you who will point to the deep discounting offered by Newegg as the reason to shop from them, but then again there is no guarantee that these products will be available for shipping to India.
From what I have heard, even people in UK and Australia cannot buy all products from the website. Not all items that may be on sale will be ‘global eligible’, reducing the chances of you getting cheaper products. Newegg had earlier launched the service in Malaysia too in association with a local partner, but shut it down soon enough.
There is also the issue of warranty if you’re buying products like laptops. Service centres may or may not repair your products, depending on the availability of parts, and you will have to pay for the service even if it’s within the warranty period. For products like motherboard and graphic cards, warranty might still be available if they are sent out of the country for repair.
As of now, Indians visit computer markets that are chock-a-block with shops dealing with PC parts to get items at lower rates. These markets, like Nehru Place in Delhi and SP Road in Bangalore, tend to be very crowded and can be very overwhelming for a lot of people. A service like Newegg would be great here, but it needs to be a dedicated set up in India to get more traction.
It is also worth noting that e-commerce sites such as Flipkart and Amazon India already offer discounts on harddisks and RAMs. Perhaps these companies will offer discounts also for processors and motherboards if Newegg takes Indian market seriously.