Google Announces Great Online Shopping Festival for Indians

great-online-shopping-festivalE-commerce in India has been experiencing rapid growth over the past few years. It’s estimated to be worth $1.6 billion in 2012 (Forrester Trends Report), which is not a huge number by global standards, but is impressive considering the demographics. However, still many Indians shy away from buying stuff online. Trusting retailers who are probably located several thousand kilometres away to deliver goods that one hasn’t checked first-hand is a scary proposition for many Indians.

Google is trying to break the shackles and initiate more Indians to online shopping by leveraging its brand name and deep pockets. The online giant is organizing a “Great Online Shopping Festival” on Dec 12. It has roped in most of the biggies in the Indian e-commerce space, including Flipkart, Myntra, Snapdeal, Pepperfry, and Jabong. Google has also partnered with classifieds, matrimonial services, job portals, and real estate agencies. You can avail attractive discount on premium memberships for services like Bharat Matrimony and

In addition to leveraging its online assets and getting the buzz going on social media, Google is also campaigning on radio channels. The target is obviously the middle class that has so far stayed away from e-commerce. It has even prepared a handy collection of tips for new shoppers. Unlike in most western countries, winter shopping is not a big deal in India. It will be interesting to see if Google can help change that with its Cyber Monday-esque shopping festival.

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Amazon Brings Christmas Wish Lists to Kindle Fire and iPad has announced Amazon Santa, a free app for Kindle Fire and iPad that makes it fun and easy for children and their parents to create holiday wish lists to share with friends, family, and maybe Santa Claus.


The app provides a visual creation experience to browse and search more than five-hundred thousand kid-friendly items. Kids and their parents can explore by a product category or type a search to find the perfect gift with just the tap of a finger. Parents can review or edit the list as needed, and share the same with the child’s family and friends to help them with their holiday shopping. While the app makes it fun, easy, and intuitive for kids to figure out exactly what they want, it would help parents to spend quality time with their kids to bring in the holidays.

“Sometimes Santa can use help sorting out what gifts to give everyone and this new app makes it easy and fun for kids to create their perfect Wish List.”

– Sam Hall, Director, Amazon Mobile.

The Amazon Santa app is available for free from the Amazon Appstore or from iTunes. Download: iPad | Kindle Fire

Free International Shipping Comes to offers a wide selection of premier designers and contemporary styles for women, men, and kids. Built by Amazon, has a growing customer base in the US influenced by its free two-day shipping offer backed by free return shipping, a 100% price guarantee, and a 365-day return window. has now extended the offering to international customers.

endless is offering free priority international shipping for all orders over $100. International orders under $100 would ship for a flat $10 charge. Shipping to India, for example, would take about  3-5 days. Several countries in the list of destination countries had even lesser shipping time. Note that for some products shipped internationally, manufacturer warranty may not be valid.

Like the international shipping arrangement when you shop from, would make a duty and tax estimation during checkout and execute customs clearance on your behalf for certain eligible countries. An Import Fees Deposit will be estimated and collected for the shipment. The import fees  are paid by carrier on behalf of the recipient to the customs and tax authorities of the destination country. If the actual import fees are less than the deposit collected, you will automatically be refunded the difference to the payment method you used for the order.

Anyway, while you read the fine line and browse the catalogue, I’ll find my credit card to order shoes to wear at my wedding. Shiny!

Target To Sell iPad At 5% Discount For Card Holders

Target, which is the second largest discount chain in the United States, have said that they will start selling the in their stores, starting at $499. Target will also offer a 5% discount for Target Credit-card holders.

Target Logo

iPad which currently only sells in Apple stores and some other retailers, will soon makes it way to Target, one of the biggest discount stores in America. During the holiday season, Target will sell 6 different iPad models, including the 3G version with a starting price of $499.

However, holders of the Target credit-cards will be entitled to a 5% store discount, making it good buy for consumers. Amazon, one of the biggest online retailers does not carry the iPad yet, and it is but natural as it is a competitor to the Amazon Kindle, so getting a discount in Target would definitely see more buyers.

However, with the holiday season coming up and big shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday months away, expect more discounts for the iPad in other stores too.

(Source: AP)

Twitter’s @earlybird Account Takes Flight

A few days ago we had told you about Twitter’s new @earlybird account which would be used for posting exclusive shopping deals to users, the account has now taken flight and is promoting some exclusive deals to Twitter users.

Twitter @earlybird Deals

A blog post on the official Twitter blog, announced that the @earlybird account was not functional with the first deal being  with Walt Disney Studios. The first deal will give users in US a special deal for "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" feature film by Walt Disney Pictures.

We’re just getting started– we’ve got an amazing lineup of deals to share in the coming days and weeks with people following @earlybird. Several times a week, @earlybird will help consumers discover Twitter-exclusive deals in entertainment, fashion, technology, beauty, travel and more.

Quite a few months ago, there were people who questioned on how Twitter would make revenue. Back then, Twitter did not have any business plans and wouldn’t comment on their revenue model, however, in the past few months Twitter have come up with some really good business deals which might eventually turn the company into a highly profitable one.

In addition to the the @earlybird account, also started promoted trending topics and may allow users to purchase paid followers on Twitter in future too. They also have deals with search engines like Google and Bing worth millions of dollars.

(Official Twitter Blog)