Amazon Offering Free Shipping to India for Purchases Above $125
Good news for those who keep looking at Amazon’s humongous collection of products (at mouth-watering prices) and fret over the fact that, at times, the international shipping costs are exceptionally high. AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping is now available for India. This means, that purchases above $125 are eligible for Free Shipping to India from Amazon US. Considering that Black Friday & Cyber Monday are just around the corner, this news should sound sweeter for our Indian friends.
One thing should be made clear right away – not every product on Amazon store can be shipped to India. But there are quite a lot of eligible products, across categories & segments, at your disposal. The real pain would be to know how to find those eligible products. Well, we let you know how.
How to find Products eligible for free shipping to India on Amazon?
There are two ways to go about finding the eligible products. First way is to search for the product you are interested in on Amazon’s search box and add it to your cart. You’ll be asked to sign-in to your Amazon account. In the next screen, you will see if that product is eligible for AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping or not.
But the issue is, not all products are eligible for Global shipping. So, I’d suggest you to search for the category of the product, rather than the specific brand. For example, instead of searching for Nikon D7000, search for DSLR and then click on the department Camera & Photo on top left, and finally the AmazonGlobal Eligible link below International Shipping on left sidebar. This will list all the eligible products under that category. Hence makes it easier for you to find the product you might like to purchase under AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping program.
You can repeat the process for different category of products or even for different models of a specific brand. I was amazed to see the amount of options I got for DSLR cameras, camcorders and many other categories. There are some catches though:
- Minimum of $125 worth of order should be placed in order to be eligible for Free shipping.
- Though shipping is free, customs and import duties are still applicable.
- Products weighing 20 pounds or more and certain oversized products aren’t eligible.
Amazon hasn’t specified how long they intend to keep the free shipping offer to India. If you’ve had your eyes set on some products on Amazon, now is the perfect time to get them shipped directly to your home, without asking that distant friend or relative for help.
Update: Many of you have been asking me about customs & import duties. This varies from 0% to 30% depending upon the category of the product. But the good thing is, Amazon lets you know these charges BEFORE you make the payment. So, there won’t be any surprises when the product(s) arrive(s) at your doorstep.