There is always something that will go astray or take an age, courier or post. Recently, an Aliexpress purchase was apparently still in flight after several weeks. When got around to being impatient, the seller sent me the order again. They also let me know, later, that the package had found its way back to them: hope it wasn't a passenger plane! :laugh:
I trust important things to speedpost. I suppose I courier valuable things. Even speedpost, international, is expensive these days. Last time I couriered a Christmas gift (not large or heavy) to UK, it cost over Rs.4k and still took a week. Speedpost usually manages 7-10 days to UK
Slightly off topic, within India. Have you tried ordering from Amazon.In yet? ... ... ...
I shop online a lot. I started with Flipkart when it was actually an online bookshop. For some reason, of which I'm not entirely sure, I now do most of my online shopping with Amazon.in. And yes, that's regularly and often, and has included higher-priced items such as phones and cameras. Even Amazon.in global items works, with pricing including duties, but can be expensive. I've also shopped from .uk and .com.
In the beginning, couriers had great difficulty finding our house and street, even though it is less than 10km from the centre of Chennai. Now, what with two or three apartments and larger houses having been built, it is pretty-much known to all, whether they have been here before or not.
I've had no problems with returns either.
Having said that, my impression is that the service offered by Amazon.in differs from Amazon.com.
I don't really want every-day stuff bought this way: I prefer to support local shops. But If I cannot get something, I've bought it from BigBasket.
Last time I tried to use Flipkart, it was not even technically stable: search crashes and page-not-founds. As India pioneers, you would think they could do better than that. I used to remind myself that I preferred to support an Indian company in India, but now... Walmart. So I tend to stick with Amazon anyway.
Electronics I don't do, so if I needed some resistor or capacitor in a hurry, I don't know what I'd do. Well, OK. I'd buy locally, and I think there is an electronics shop nearby that sells components. But... online? Hmmm... Did your know that RS Components has an Indian presence? Link. I have bought one or two things from them. I don't think it took ages, even if shipped from UK.
I have not had to shop outside of India for a cable in living memory! I'm surprised Amazon.in does not satisfy, but sure, there is always something. I will certainly have a shopping list for my upcoming UK trip. In fact, my Amazon.co.uk wishlist has a few things on it already, one or two of which I could certainly buy here... at twice the price.