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Amazon.x, Junglee and India

A lot has been said about Amazon's offering in India. Chiefly amongst them, why not a full fledged site.

I have a different question for you. What's the hurry?

First, the legal question is not clear. Till the regulations sort themselves out (and they will, retail giants are beating down the door to enter India).

Second, Amazon can serve the Indian market well from their existing properties in the US/UK/Germany and others and quite often it is cheaper than buying it India (performance and warranty issues aside)

I have had a good experience shipping books, toys, DVDs and electronics from across the seven seas from the US & UK. Germany is the latest in the lot. All without a hitch (Well, there were some unexpected delays a few times. But still).

Germany is important because the voltage range of the electronics is the same as ours AND the plug is the same unlike UK. More compatible electronics.

A thought for a product manager at Amazon.de. Introduce an English language version of your site. Junglee.com can feed you traffic and sales.
A thought for a product manager at Amazon.co.uk. Introduce  international shipping for electronics
A thought for a product manager at the remaining Amazon.x. I hope you figured it out by now. :)

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