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but that doesnt mean u will always get items custom free unless and otherwise you got some ties in the Customs Department :naughty:

iska matlab hai if you have any idea ki paise kaise khilaane hai :P

but, since these packets come without any tracking numbers, customs se setting is also impossible :kisstogether:
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but anyone knows any website except amazon for cheap gameing related imports
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Posted ImageWe are pleased to announce that we have upgraded our standard version of the up coming title Call Of Duty: Black Ops II to the Limited Day 1 Edition FREE of charge. So everyone who has already ordered the standard version will now get this Day 1 Edition at NO extra cost. For those who have not yet made your order note these are very limited so first come first served.


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So this is what is being contained in the LIMITED EDITION? a damn re-imagined map? :eyebrow: :thumbdown:
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lol . but nuketown map is awesome :D milk it activision :P

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Well tried buying a psn card from shopto, got error that transaction declined due to insufficient funds.. While my CC has been charged... Opened a ticket at shopto..
My question is, how fast they are to respond to issues?
Is opening a ticket at their Site the best way to contact them? Or any other way to get a faster response from them?
Anyone who has any idea about this?

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ticket is the only way and they reply in 48 hrs most of the time
They have some customer care no on there website too ,
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Well tried buying a psn card from shopto, got error that transaction declined due to insufficient funds.. While my CC has been charged... Opened a ticket at shopto..
My question is, how fast they are to respond to issues?
Is opening a ticket at their Site the best way to contact them? Or any other way to get a faster response from them?
Anyone who has any idea about this?

Depends on your membership level. If you are gold member under 12 hrs. If you are silver member within 24 hrs and if are a bronze member under 48 hrs.

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Well tried buying a psn card from shopto, got error that transaction declined due to insufficient funds.. While my CC has been charged... Opened a ticket at shopto..
My question is, how fast they are to respond to issues?
Is opening a ticket at their Site the best way to contact them? Or any other way to get a faster response from them?
Anyone who has any idea about this?

No idea about shopto bro , i think blueelvis aka pranav help you better , he had ordered few things from them.

mostly if u have been charged ask your cc to make a complain and get money back , i had such issues with amazon for blu in past. they said sir we have instructed not to pick up money from ur cc , wait for week , finally on billing statement i was not charged , i just got msg , but i would suggest contact ur cc customer care , incase shopto replies late .

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Thanks a lot iceman, akshay and kushal :) :hug:

Kushal I already spoke with my CC, they told me that the merchant can now cancel it or refund it, not possible for them to do it from here...
Iceman, well yea bro phone no toh dekha, magar isd rates
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Akshay I am bronze, so I guess 48hrs.. Let's see what they reply, my citibank also gave me a transaction Id, and asked me to give it to the merchant, it will help in cancellation

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it was obvious ISD rates :P
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Thanks a lot iceman, akshay and kushal :) :hug:

Kushal I already spoke with my CC, they told me that the merchant can now cancel it or refund it, not possible for them to do it from here...
Iceman, well yea bro phone no toh dekha, magar isd rates
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Akshay I am bronze, so I guess 48hrs.. Let's see what they reply, my citibank also gave me a transaction Id, and asked me to give it to the merchant, it will help in cancellation

No worry you will get money soon :brohug:

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@killzone123. You can trust shopto with your eyes closed. You will get your money soon or they will refund the same to your shopto account which can be used for purchases later.

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@killzone123. You can trust shopto with your eyes closed. You will get your money soon or they will refund the same to your shopto account which can be used for purchases later.

Have purchased many times before from them, never faced any issue.. So was bit worried how they will handle.. But your words are really reassuring :hug: thanx

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Hi guys,

If you remember I had certain queries regarding buying games from outside India. I asked around a lot in the Playasia thread and got some very good response. Both pranav (Blueelvis_RoXXX) for shopto.net and anurag (Xbx360patron) for playasia helped me with how to order and what are the things that you need to keep in mind while importing games. Now that most of my games have arrived I would like to share my experience with both of them website.

For your information I had ordered the following games from the following websistes

Shopto.net :

1)Fallout 3 GOTY
2)Dark souls
3)Borderlands GOTy
4)Darksiders

PlayAsia

1) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (Greatest Hits)
2) Bayonetta
3)Asura's Wrath

Now I will include the time it took for those games to b e delivered and if there were any customs

Shopto.net :

1)Fallout 3 GOTY ( 6 days , no customs)
2)Dark souls (6 days, no customs)
3)Borderlands GOTY (5 days , no customs)
4)Darksiders (4 days , no customs)

PlayAsia

1) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (Greatest Hits) ( I had ordered it on september 29th and they shipped it only on october 5th. It arrived on october 15th. So 10 days , no customs)
2) Bayonetta (I had ordered it on september 29th and they shipped it only on october 9th. It arrived on october 18th. So 9 days , no customs)
3)Asura's Wrath (I had ordered it on september 29th and they shipped it only on october 9th. It arrived on october 18th. So 9 days , no customs)

And here are the reviews

Shopto.net :

1) Website:
An excellent website easy to maneuver with excellent service.

2) Stock :

Most of the games are in stock . For the games that you do back order (which means games are not in stock , and they will be bought once they have an order) it hardly takes 3-4 days to get those games in stock.

There are a lot of games in shopto.net but the number of games does not compare to PA as PA has effectively very high number of games.

3) Customs :

I have ordered 4 games from shopto.net and there were no customs on any of them games ( depends on your luck too but I have heard from seniors here that you can relax regarding custom issues on shopto.net as they deliver every item separately) .


4) Shipping and delivery :

You can order with your eyes closed from shopto.net. All the deliveries are extremely fast. I even got a game (Darksiders ) in 4 days which is ridiculously fast from a european region . They also dispatch the order on the same day so your order even reaches you quickly.

5)Support :

However I did not like the customer support for shopto.net. Its too slow and they are unresponsive (my experience). I had raised an issue and although I am a bronze member (48 hours response time) they reverted back to me in 4 days and with an unsatisfactory response.

6) Value for Money :

A lot of older games are priced extremely low. Even a lot of new games are the cheapest amongst all the websites I have seen (Game.co.uk , Amazon.co.uk) . There would be the one off case where a game in game.co.uk is cheaper than in shopto.net but that is a one off incident. However the forex (1gbp = 85 rupees) does hurt and also a lot of banks charge higher rates when converting . for example : I was charged 1gbp = 87 rupees when the forex was at 84-85.

7)Vouchers and Discounts :

Although with shopto.net with every pound you invest you get points that can be converted into pounds for future buys. However this rumuneration is very little. Also its comparatively difficult to get shopto vouchers as they are not provided with the purchases. They are only provided by the website.

8) Mode and cost of shipping :

With shopto.net shipping is absolutely top class. They use royal mail for all of their shipments. Now basically there are 2 ways you can have your orders shipped

First class with tracking : This is the expensive mode of shipping using shopto.net.The charges are 7 pounds per item. The advantage for UK customers is that you will be able to fully track your order using this mode ( but only in UK). The tracking does not work outside UK so in all fairness there are no real advantages as such for people from outside UK that I could notice.

First class without tracking : This is the cost effective method of shipping from shopto.net. The charges are 3 pounds per item . Now this uses the same royal mail as the first class with tracking mode so there are no time delays between the two modes . The only option which this doesn't provide is the ability to track your package in UK. So if you are looking to save costs and since the service of delivery is same for both modes you can choose first class without tracking.

For example you have placed 2 orders and used first class with track for 1 order and first class without track for another both are shipped on the same day and on the same transport (Rail or Air).


Rating :
Shipping & Delivery : 5 out of 5
Service : 5 out of 5
Support : 2 out of 5
Value for money : 5 out of 5


PlayAsia

1) Website:

A very good website with good user interface and nice maneuverability.

2) Stock :

When you order games from playasia my experience is that there is a delay between you ordering the games (i.e placing the order) and the game being shipped from PA. I had ordered 3 games from PA and only one of them games was in the weekly sale (which means that there is a good chance that this game may go out of stock) and rest were normal orders with information as ships between 24 hours to 48 hours .However my orders were delayed twice, Once by 3 days and next time by another 8 days. In my opinion it takes longer for games to be in stock in PA when compared to shopto.net .

But the range of games in PA is immense.


3) Customs :

I haven't been charged custom duty on the games that I ordered I have recieved all of the games now (got 2 of them games today october 18th). Please do choose the mode of shipping choose neutral packing (0.50$ extra) with bubble wrap. If you choose this method the value of the product is declared half on the cover which helps avoid customs (Again its ur luck).

For those people who are looking to ask if the shipment gets lost then what is the amount reimbursed I am not entirely clear on that. When I asked crystal (PA support) she first told me that the amount in the invoice (Online and shows the actual order amount) will be reimbursed but later mentioned something that left me in a dilemma. I would definitely advice you guys to take the advice of xbx360patron on this.

4) Shipping and delivery :

Although only one of my games have been delivered from PA I know that it takes around 10 days for my package to arrive from PA. Its relatively a little longer than shopto.net but if you are in no hurry you can definitely choose PA.

Please do note that I reside at bangalore and the time for the shipment to reach may differ for different regions.

5)Support :

The support is excellent. Every query that you have is answered in max time of 24 hours. The support represntative (criystl ) in my case was

6) Value for Money :

PA as such is an expensive website.A lot of the games are sold at a higher price (not all but a lot). However it is extremely good for buying games on the weekly special, Games are available for dirt cheap and these are fairly new games or renowned games as well (not games that dont sell). For example this week ME3 is going for 1.2k for XBOX 360 ( I have a PS3) . However do keep in mind that any discount coupons that you have donot work on items that are from the weekly special.

7)Vouchers and Discounts :

They have a very good voucher system. Every time you buy a game and its shipped they provide you with an voucher which is valid till 3 months. Its usually a $5 off on a 60 $ purchase voucher. However these discounts don't apply on weekly special items as mentioned below so do buy carefully. There are certain games that are reasonably priced in PA but I could not find a lot.

8) Mode and cost of shipping :

Following are the shipping modes for PA. If the cost of your order is greater than 25$ then the economy air bubble shipping mode is free and economy air box mode is available for 0.50 $. I have included the costs of shipping when they have changed for orders above 25$.


Orders below 25 $ : Order exceeding 25$ :


Economy Air Bubble

Type: Airmail .... shipping becomes free , registered stays same (Order exceeding 25$)
Duration: up to 21 days
Tracking: No

US$ 3.90 (INR~208.10) .... (Free)
Registered (add US$4.00) info Registered (add US$4.00) info

Economy Air Box

Type: Airmail
Duration: up to 21 days .... shipping costs only 0.50$ , registered stays same (Order exceeding 25$)
Tracking: No

US$ 4.90 (INR~261.46) .... US$ 0.50 (INR~26.68)
Registered (add US$4.00) info .... Registered (add US$4.00) info


Fedex

Type: Courier
Duration: 1-3 days .... Shipping and registered charges stay same (Order exceeding 25$)
Tracking: Yes
Insured: Yes

US$ 24.90 (INR~1,329)

Fedex Economy
Basically the same as regular Fedex, but slower. Transit time will be roughly 3-5 days in total. .... Shipping and registered charges stay same (Order exceeding 25$)
Tracking: Yes
Insured: Yes

US$ 26.90 (INR~1,435)


EMS Speedpost

Type: Courier
Duration: 3-5 days .... Shipping and registered charges stay same (Order exceeding 25$)
Tracking: Limited
Insured: Yes

US$ 30.90 (INR~1,649)

UPS

Type: Courier
Duration: 1-4 days .... Shipping and registered charges stay same (Order exceeding 25$)
Tracking: Yes
Insured: Yes

US$ 41.90 (INR~2,236)


Rating :

Shipping & Delivery : 3 out of 5
Service : 4 out of 5
Support : 5 out of 5
Value for money : 5 out of 5 (If you use weekly offers like I did )


In conclusion both the websites are very good but shopto offers very prompt delivery with very good prices and PA offers a huge range of games with dirt cheap prices (Weekly special again ) . Which website you want to use ? The choice is yours.


If you got any queries or any suggestions feel free to pm me or post on it .


Cheers,
Adi




P.S : Would like to thank both pranav (Blueelvis_RoXXX) and anurag (Xbx360patron) for their help when I had a lot of questions . Just thought that this post would be helpful for newbies
looking at information on importing games.

Edited by adi19871, 18 October 2012 - 12:39 PM.

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