Black Friday is one of the biggest technology sales events of the year, and we’ll be bringing you the best deals right here.
In the last couple of years, the influence of Black Friday has crossed the oceans and reached India, thanks to growing e-commerce platforms and a digitally native youth population.
Black Friday is still fairly new in India though, and unlike other big festive shopping periods such as Diwali, it’s very much restricted to e-commerce sales.
Each year we are seeing more and more discounts provided on Black Friday, especially by the e-commerce twins Flipkart and Amazon, and the sales are expected to start on November 24.
There’s no official announcement from the e-commerce giants like Flipkart and PayTm about their involvement in Black Friday 2017 in India just yet, but Amazon in particular is promoting international partners through its Amazon Global Store.
When is Black Friday 2017 sale?
This year, the Black Friday falls on November 24, and many of the retailers are already preparing for the day. Black Friday is always the Friday that immediately follows the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.
As we approach the date, we’ll bring you all the latest from the major retailers in India on when (and where) their discounts will be available.
How to get products from Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals delivered to India?
As we all know that Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring some amazing deals on both tech and non-tech products, we’ve found out a way for you to get access to these deals and get them in India. You can get these products buy and shipped to India.
There are courier partners and services that get the ordered product shipped to a warehouse in the US or UK and then ship it to your address irrespective of what country you are in. The package forwarding service on signing up provide you a virtual address of the country you are ordering from, which you can use to order your product. When you place your order from an e-commerce platform like amazon.com, you can make payment as usual and set the delivery address as the given virtual address.
You must know that there are some charges involved apart from the cost of the product. In 90 percent of cases, you need to pay some sign up amount to the package forwarding service. On top of that, you will have to bear the shipping expenses along with custom charges. The size and weight of the package also influences the final cost, which essentially means bigger and heavier packages may cost you lot more than a small one. Other than this, you need to check for receiving fee, where you are charged per item received from the package forwarding service.
You can opt for some additional services like repackaging, inspecting, verifying the product contents, and even consolidating multiple parcels into one shipment.
Most of us know about shipping restrictions but another issue is with the payment. Most of the sites restrict acceptance of several credit card services leaving customers with a choice to pay using PayPal. Like virtual delivery address, there’s also a virtual Debit Card service that allows payments by customers from other parts of the globe.
Best Black Friday deals by category (US)
Best Black Friday deals by category (UK)
How to find a safe and reliable package forwarding service in UK/US?
It is always recommended to check for reviews and ratings of the package forwarding services online. Signing up could be free or may be payable, so comparing the fee and charges across the options is also a wise thing to do.
What if a parcel goes missing or is damaged?
There are some parcel forwarding services which insure your product until the order has reached its final destination. Otherwise, there are high risk in opting for these services. Even if the parcel is packed carefully by the retailer, having a middlemen in between is always a risky job until the forwarding service has a certain reputation and experience. You have to be sure who has to be blamed if something goes wrong. You won’t know if the fault is from the retailer’s end or the forwarding service has done the loss. Reviews always help the best to differentiate between more professional and the unprofessional parcel forwarding service.
Best Black Friday deals in India
Fitbit Blaze now for Rs. 10,159 – was Rs 15,999
If you’re looking for a Fitbit that bridges the world between fitness tracker and smartwatch, then the Fitbit Blaze is the one for you. What’s more, this is the cheapest that it’s ever been at .
GoPro Hero5 Black Action Camera for Rs. 29,499 – was Rs 36,999
The Hero5 Black is the GoPro we always wanted. The new waterproof design out-of-the-box makes it more resilient and the new camera has enough to make it a convincing update. The picture quality is better, it finally has video stabilization and the touchscreen makes it easier to use than any other GoPro. Sale items aside, it’s cheaper than most prices for the older GoPro Hero 4 Black now too.
Black Friday quick links (US retailers)
Black Friday deals 2017 quick links (UK retailers)
How important is Black Friday for India?
As most of us know that Black Friday originated from the US but is slowly being brought in several nations. As already mentioned, Black Friday follows Thanksgiving holiday, which is not of any relevance in India but the term Black Friday is now becoming a global phenomenon.
While Indians get to see a Tsunami of festive offers around Diwali, it’s never enough when it comes to price cuts on gadgets. Even the online shopping culture has brought in the trend where shoppers slug it out to claim the best deal available during the period.
E-commerce giants like Flipkart and Amazon battle it out during such sale events and sell record number of products. These companies leave no chance to participate in sales, so we can expect them to turn up for the Black Friday sale in full glory this year. We can expect some amazing deals on electronics during this period.
Slowly but steadily, India is becoming a huge market for e-commerce players that is pretty evident with the kind of interest biggies like Amazon have in this market and the way homegrown ecommerce leader like Flipkart is competing with Amazon. It is great to see the demand and supply growing at such high pace. In the end, it benefits the consumer and that’s what they hunt for.