Tomorrow is Black Friday, which means US citizens will get their hands on some of the craziest deals on electronics, home appliances etc. And thanks to the Internet, you can also try to get your hands on some online deals on Black Friday — yes, even from here in India.
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However, unless you have a cousin or friend coming from the states, getting something you’ve bought at Black Friday to India is much harder than one might think.
In the excitement of splurging online, make sure you don’t fall prey to cybercriminals and scammers who are waiting to exploit unsuspecting Black Friday shoppers with their guard down.
Look for sites that offer global shipping
Sites like Amazon.com (US site), Newegg, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Macy’s, eBay, are some of the many sites that ship to India. Just make sure to check the shipping charges — if any — before hitting ‘Buy Now’ in excitement.
Beware of scam sites and apps
Stick to buying from trusted sites and stay away from sites trying to lure you with exorbitant discounted deals as these could very well be scam sites that would steal your money and not ship anything in return.
Similarly, during this time, you’ll find Black Friday deal apps on the Google Play store. Stay away from such apps as in most cases they’re just scams, but some can even consist of malware that can grant hackers access to your device and the data on it.
Use credit-card/ PayPal for transactions
It’s best to use credit cards or a PayPal account to make transactions online as opposed to an International Debit card, as using the former two options will safeguard you in case of any malicious transactions.
This is because getting your money back using credit cards/ PayPal is a simpler process, compared to debit cards where not only you lose cash straight from your savings, but the refund process is painstaking too.
What about import duties/custom charges
In case you purchase products over Rs 50,000 in case of gadgets and electronics, you’ll be asked to pay customs/import duties on those products.
Check out the percentage of customs levied on the product of your type from the Central Board of Excise and Customs website here, factor in the final amount before deciding to make a purchase online. Chances are, you could get a better deal for the product right here in India rather than getting it shipped from the US.
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The import duty is calculated on the ‘assessed value’ of the product and not the ‘invoice value’. ‘Assessed value’ is the total value of goods including the cost of products, transportation cost up to the buyer’s location and insurance.
So for instance, if you’re paying $200 for an iPhone XR, but the assessed value is for around $300, your customs/import duties will be levied on $300.
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