Online shopping can be the quickest and easiest buying experiences done right from your living room. As e commerce gets more notice in here, there are new online shopping websites that open shop every day,but one of the oldest and most trusted is Indiatimes Shopping
Amidst a lot of unhappy customers,we decided to see for ourselves if the service was really bad or infact was it a pleasurable one.
The advertisements in the times newspapers- Times of India, Bombay Times and Mumbai Mirror have some attractive daily offers, almost always with some freebies. After zeroing in on one such offer, which was a mobile phone with a Bluetooth free we wanted to check against other online mobile phone selling stores or websites. Searching for an advertised mobile phone in Google threw up a few thousand results. We scanned through most of the websites, and all of them were 20-40% more expensive than indiatimes shopping. However there was only one online shopping portal that matched this price exactly, and that was Naaptol. We have already bought from Naaptol before so wanted to try a new website,even though Naaptol also offered a similar free product of a wireless Bluetooth along with the mobile phone.
One thing we noticed was the proce of the same phone on the indiatimes shopping website and the newspaper advertisement wer different. It was Rs.1000 more on the website. Thats a HUGE difference. Any way after calling the customer care number, the operator informed us that the website price was different since those were being sourced from another store.
Since on the website you can either pay through credit or debit card, and the price was Rs.1000 more, wanted to try to pay on the phone through the credit card. To my surprise it was possible. All you have to do is sms the bank requesting for a one time code which will be sent to your mobile immediately. This mobile however should be registered number with the bank from which credit card you hold. This simple procedure would take just 5 minutes but sine the amount was so small I decided to pay cash on delivery. After giving address instructions it was clearly specified that it would take 10-13 days for delivery, which was fine by me.
It arrived in exactly 7 days, below are some more pictures of the packaging and mobile accessories.
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