Online shopping in India has grown by multiple folds since I last wrote the article on sites that let you find deals and discounts back in 2011. The landscape has changed, the sites on that list are quite dated and there are several new, better coupon sites available now that it is time for an updated list. This post will help you save money whenever you shop online. And all it will take you is a couple of minutes.
Flipkart, Jabong, Myntra, Snapdeal are all household names now for most Indians. These brands have penetrated through not just cities but also several towns and villages all thanks to the ease of shopping online that people are coming to get comfortable with. While these major brands did help people get over their fear of shopping online by providing excellent customer service and product quality – they also opened up opportunities for several other players to step in and embrace the culture of shopping online.
Why do people shop online?
Now, if that is a question you are asking, you clearly have been left out for a while. The biggest reason for these online retailers to do so well are the massive discounts they offer over most brick-and-mortar retailers owing to massive networks, lower costs and larger inventories. Depending on the product, the savings can be anywhere from a few rupees to several hundred bucks!
Is online shopping only meant for physical products?
No. Online shopping does not limit itself to usual e-commerce options like fashion, books, electronics, air tickets, etc but go beyond. Most people are shopping online today for several things like insurance policies, buying a house, paying bills, booking cabs, ordering food and even buying a two-wheeler! The amount of daily online transactions happening today across the country is in the line of Billions.
Ok, great. But why are you telling me this?
Because I can help you save more money whenever you make an online transaction. Interested? Read on.
If you have ever shopped online, you go through the usual steps of choosing what you want to purchase, adding to cart and then checking out. The steps may be slightly different based on product type but essentially follow a similar pattern. Irrespective of how you end up on the checkout or the payment page, most sites today have an addition option on this page called ‘Promo Code or Coupon Code‘. Have you ever wondered what it means?
What is a Promo or Coupon code?
Promo codes or coupon codes are alphanumeric codes giving access to special discounts/offers that can be availed for a limited amount of time on the site. Every site generates their own codes and run campaigns to promote the same. Some of them are meant for a limited set of products or targeted at limited people while there are more generic ones as well. These codes are provide excellent deals and by not using an available coupon, you are basically throwing your money down the gutter!
So, how to find a coupon code?
Awesome. I see that you are following along and are interested in saving that hard-earned money. Though every website has its own ways of circulating coupons, its very difficult to keep track of them. Specially because they keep expiring and new ones are released on a regular basis.
In order to make this easy to consume, there are several coupon sites which basically aggregate all coupons and provide them in one location. They ensure that all latest coupons are listed and collect user data to keep a check on expired coupons. Now there are thousands of coupon sites available today in India but not all are that great. Most lack current contest or do not cover a vast number of sites. So I decided to collate a list of the most popular coupon sites in India that you can use when shopping online.
Before you read on, please note that one of the global leaders in this space in RetailMeNot.com. Though they do not cover all Indian sites and are majorly US focused, they do carry a lot of current coupons and codes.
Best Coupon Sites In India
Below is the list of the Best Indian coupon and promo code sites in no particular order. These have been selected based on how current their lists are and the number of sites they cover.
Note – List updated on 22 Aug 2016.
While evaluating the above sites, it was specially kept in mind that the UI is easy to use and any new person can easily find their way around the site. When you are making an online purchase, you do not want to spend a lot of time in figuring out how to use a coupon site. So the ease of find coupons played the biggest role.
If you have a coupon site that you use regularly, please feel free to add it in the comments section below.