Shopping / Measuring units in US

posted Aug 16, 2012, 7:58 AM by Jalandhari Kom   [ updated Aug 16, 2012, 7:58 AM ]
The American system of sizes and measurement is different from that in India. Most of the shops in the U.S. are the equivalents of super markets in India. You can go around the shop, buy what you want and pay at the counter. The important difference you will notice is, the shops are driven by customer service. So if you don't like anything that you bought or it doesn't fit you properly you may return it within a certain period allowed. You should inquire about the return policy when you buy returnable goods. Of course you need to preserve the receipt of the purchase. Most of the times they won't even ask you why you want to return the goods.
When you buy shoes, the size should be 1/2 more than your size in India. For example, if you buy size 9 in India, you should buy size 9 1/2 in the US. (Or approximate it to the nearest round figure).
Following measurement chart will help you in converting between American system and metric system.
Metric Conversion Chart

millimeters x 0.04 = inches(in)
centimeters x 0.4 = inches(in)
meters x 3.3 = feet
kilometers x 1.1 = yards
inches x 2.5 = centimeters
feet x 30 = centimeters
yards x 0.9 = meters
miles x 1.6 = kilometers
grams x 0.035 = ounces
kilograms x 2.2 = pounds
ounces x 28 = grams
pounds x 0.45 = kilograms
milliliters x 0.3 = fluid ounces
liters x 1.06 = quarts
liters x 0.26 = gallons
fluid ounces x 30 = millileters
quarts x 0.95 = liters
gallons x 3.8 = liters