Festivities are synonymous with endless shopping sprees for most of us. Go back just a few years and one had no choice, but to walk into a store (already loaded with shopping bags) searching for that best selling product; only to be told that it has, either been sold out or not available. Buying a product online seemed a vague idea, not only for the fear of keying in your private bank details, but also, because it didn't let you touch or feel the product. The trend has been changing, and the current year witnessed a good boost in e-commerce. Shopping at the comfort of your couch is now possible. Looking at the digital trend, you can grab that ace deal with just a few clicks, without the need to travel.
Commenting on the festive offers, Hitesh Dhingra, CEO & Co-Founder, Letsbuy.com said, “At Letsbuy.com, we were thinking of doing something different and special for the Christmas and New Year season. While we were toying with different ideas, the team decided on a feel-good initiative. So we came up with the Happy Hours at Letsbuy.com promotion. The promotion is being run from 1st to 31st December and we have already seen a big jump in hits to the website. The Happy Hours is our way of saying Thank You to our customers and of wishing them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
We’ve listed a few website offering various discounts and deals for this Christmas and New Year.
Flipkart – Festive Offers
Flipkart has been one of the driving forces behind the concept of online shopping in India. Browsing through the site, we came across its Festive offers showing good deals in computer peripherals, mobile accessories, cameras and more. Flipkart’s Christmas and New Year offers include a wide variety of products catering to various needs, and needless to say, at a discounted price. The shipping time varies, but it’s usually within 3 days. Shopping at Flipkart offers 3 or 6 months EMI options (minimum purchase of Rs. 4,000) for ICICI, Citi and HDFC customers and other modes of payment are inclusive of debit and credit cards, net banking and cash on delivery.
Flip through Christmas offers
Letsbuy – Happy Hours
With ‘Happy Hours’, we are likely to picture an inviting urban restobar. Letsbuy decides to paint a different picture inviting all shopaholics to purchase goodies at a discounted rate during the happy hours. The e-shop takes on the festive season by offering special promotional happy hours running between 11am to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm all through December 31. You can select the mode of payment, which can be by Credit card, Net banking, Cash on delivery, EMI options and more. 3 to 6 months EMI options are available for Citibank/ICICI card holders for purchases above Rs.2,000, the shipping time is up to 7 days.
The IT Depot – Christmas Offers
Indulge in some tech at The IT Depot, which may have the device that has been on our wish list for too long now. This online tech shopping site offers some good discounts on computer peripherals. The tech shopping site also offers free shipping until Christmas, except for cabinets, monitors and printers. Although, The IT Depot hasn't mentioned any time frame for these offers, we expect it to run through Christmas and hope it continues up to New Year. Here there is no cash on delivery option, but other modes of payment include credit and debit card, cheque, DD and direct transfer. Here again the orders are processed within 24 hours of payment confirmation, but the shipping time could vary depending upon the product chosen and location.
Games4U – Playing Santa
“This festive season, we are playing Santa,” says online gaming store Game4U. By clicking on this offer, you are taken to a web page, which reads how purchasing select products will get you vouchers up to Rs.999 for the next purchase and also take home free games with console bundles. If the vouchers don’t seem exciting, then Game4U offers gaming products at a discounted price, which may have been on your wish list or just might add to it. Games4U’s payment options will let you make purchases via credit card, cheque, DD and also cash on delivery, with a shipping time of 4 to 5 days. The cash on delivery is applicable only for purchases above Rs.499. Game4U hasn't disclosed any dates indicating the validity of the offers, here again we assume it’ll run through the festive season.
Carnival of goodies
Tradus – Christmas Carnival
Tradus marches into a Christmas Carnival for its customers that began on December 5 and will run through the end of the month. If you happen to shop at Tradus and the sum exceeds Rs.2,000 (after discounts), then you are eligible to win lucrative prizes. Tradus is offering weekly prizes in the form of iPad 2s, and also other assured surprise gifts for its customers. You can make payments through net banking, credit/debit cards, cheque, draft, MO and cash on delivery. EMI options are available for HDFC customers. The shipping time for Tradus products is 5 to 7 days.
Besides, Timtara, an online tech shopping site is offering discounts on BlackBerry smartphones, LCD TVs and cameras apart from a flat Rs.2,500 off on purchases of minimum Rs.13,000. Naaptol also offers a free watch on every prepaid purchase of Rs.1,000. This festive season go on a click-shopping spree.
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