With the world becoming one global village, it has become a possibility for us to buy from any country we desire without having to wait for an NRI relative to visit India. eBay has always been a trendsetter creating many curated ways to personalize the online shopping experience.
Programs such as the eBay Global Shipping Program allow customers to shop from any location in the world and ship to wherever they are, including shipping to India. In this article, we will learn about eBay’s Global Shipping Program and whether customers can shop globally and ship to India.
What is eBay’s Global Shipping Program?
The eBay Global Shipping Program is a feature that allows you to shop for products in stores located anywhere in the world. All you need to do is visit the eBay website, purchase the products you desire, and ship them back to your home in India. The program takes the stress off figuring out customs clearances and international shipping charges for you. You would shop on eBay just like any other retail site from back in your home country.
Does eBay’s Global Shipping Program ship to India?
Depends. The program is eligible only for products from participating sellers of other countries. While the Global Shipping Program is easy to use, you may not be able to take advantage of its benefits on all products. That said, there is a way around purchasing any product on their site in a few easy steps.
1. Locate a reliable shipping service in the US
Before you add items to your eBay cart, you want to find a shipping company that understands eBay and is an expert shipping service. Does the company understand eBay and the American market? Do they have Indian roots? How connected are they in India to help successfully deliver the shipment to your door?
Will they take care of customs clearance in India? There may be times when you purchase products from multiple stores on eBay. With a reliable service, you can store your purchases with them until you are ready to have them combined before shipping them to India.
2. Get a US address
Some logistics companies have global shopping programs that will allow their customers to get a free US address with them. Once you register, you can use the given US address during checkout and have them shipped to the logistics partner. The logistics partner will then consolidate your shipments and deliver them to your home or business in India.
Despite global exposure and several advancements in our own country, some products are worth buying abroad. After years of requesting our NRI relatives or friends to bring back our favorites, we now have a way to do this from our very own computers and phones. The eBay Global Shipping Program is great for anyone looking to buy products from the US, but it has its limitations.
But these limitations are not a deal breaker as there are third-party logistics partners who have the infrastructure and the right global shopper programs to help deliver your purchases to your door. Just make sure you do your research and find a reliable shipping partner to help you with your needs.