eCommerce in India is still in its inception stage. Except very few trusted eCommerce sites, many struggle for survival. Though Indian talent has unprecedented lead in IT industry, they failed to capitalize on it in India. I won’t say Indian audience is still reluctant with online buying option otherwise ebay.in, redbus.in, bookmyshow.com, makemytrip.com, flipkart.com, irctc.co.in would have failed. The thing is until and unless people find reliability, assurance of good product or services and competitive price; they won’t prefer buying online. Before proceeding further, let me remind you, eCommerce is buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet.
Sometimes back, I compared few random eCommerce start-ups in US with counterparts in India and I found that Indian start-ups are lacking at many aspects. It might be poor design sense, inorganic functional flow, cash crunch, marketing etc. And as money is involved, people are very cautious and usually do not compromise on any front. However, in this post recession era, steadily growing number of eCommerce websites show sign of optimism. That brings me an idea of putting all prominent eCommerce sites together. If you think, I have missed out any then please mark your suggestion in comment. List is going to be updated on regular basis, so that readers could avail fresh information.
- Apparels and Accessories
- Jack of all
- Baby Products
- Online travel ticketing and hotel booking
- Airlines portals
- Movie ticket booking
- Gifts, cakes, books etc.
- Personalized T-shirt, mug, calendar etc
- Sweets and bakery items
- Artwork auction
- Rent a movie
- Deal a day
- Flash Sale Website
- Cab Booking
Myntra is simply brilliant. Others are good too. Pantaloons and ShoppersStop already have good presence in form of giant outlets across India and now they are Online. Earlier Myntra and InkFruit were used to be in ‘Personalized T-shirts’ category, but later they move silently to this segment.
2. Jack of all
Flipkart.com, Infibeam.com, Jabong.com, Yebhi.com, Ebay.in, IndiaTimes Shopping, Rediff Shopping, Bigbazar, Homeshop18.com, Shop.zapak.com, Shop.in.com, Tradeus.in, Indiaplaza.in, 20north.com
Stores, in this category, offer you almost anything and everything. Be it apparels, books, footwear, gadgets, jewellery, home appliances; they avail it in a minute! Flipkart is remarkably ahead of its peers in this segment.
20North is bit different in the category. It allows people of India to buy from the US market but be ready to pay few thousands of rupees as a shipping cost.
IRCTC, a railway ticket booking portal with revenue of USD 854 million in 2008-2009 is highest revenue generating yet failed E-commerce portal of India (Curious about why it is failed? Know more.) Do you want to secure a bus ticket? Then it has to be RedBus, the most comprehensive bus ticketing solution. MakeMyTrip and Yatra, with their aggressive marketing, are leader in flight and hotel booking. Rests on the list are almost equally competitive and popular for flight and hotel booking.
Snapfish is a division of HP. Picsquare is an initiative by Infibeam.
Both are perfect if you want to gift a box of sweets/chocolates/bakery items to loved ones. MithaiMate is well executed startup with decent traffic and facebook fan base of 4k+. Monginis, a renowned brand having number of outlets across India, just went online.
12. Artwork auction
SaffronArt holds several thousand works of fine art by approximately 1,000 established and emerging artists, available for sale and delivery virtually anywhere in the world.
BookMyShow is an awesome portal with Alexa rank 2369 and Facebook fan count of 25k+. Personally I feel that BookMyShow has best in class UI.
BigFlix, a subsidiary of Reliance, is a popular rent a movie service with 21k+ of Facebook fans. However, Seventymm is not too far in the competition.
Groupon.com, a very successful startup in USA shows the group buying concept and these sites followed its lead. SnapDeal, with its aggressive marketing campaign, is leading the race while rests also possess the significant user base. For your kind information, SoSata.com is a product of a GroupOn. I have listed out only few deal-a-day websites over here, if you want to study comprehensive list of 30+ deal-a-day sites in India then please click here.
Ezone is the part of online venture by future group whereas EDigiWorld is an e-commerce arm of Videocon Group. BitFang is specialized in computer hardware, software and other accessories. However, BitFang needs to figure out some way which can compel customer to buy online rather than local store.
‘Straps and Strings’ features world’s renowned and premium lingerie brands. However be ready to pay few thousands if you wish to buy from there. ‘Ngal Originals’ gives you wide range of varieties in lingerie, swim ware, stockings, G-String, role play costumes and night wears at economical price. It is worth watching, sorry buying.. lol!!
”Flash Sales’ are basically limited time offerings by e-Commerce websites offering huge discounts.
99 Labels started as Venture Capital Firm in 2009, has now become $4 Million venture in no time, it offers discounts upto 90% on various products. Ideeli.com offers discounts upto 80%, Designer brands and Fashion accessories etc.
BagItToday is a Flash Sale website by India Today group, it offers discount upto 75% and has slightly larger product range, besides fashion accessories and clothings (which every Flash Sale website offers) you can also get discounts on electronic items too.
These sites do offer online cab booking facility, you can even pay in advance on these sites, but they do not operate in all cities of India. Mostly they cater in major cities like Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, etc.