After working for around 14 years with the same organisation, in an established position with good salary, why did I Quit my job to work with ScoutMyTrip?
Midlife crisis? Identity crisis? 7 year itch (or the double of it!)… what was the reason for me to quit a lucrative career and jump the bandwagon of Startups?
Beware of ordering any high value product from Snapdeal!
I had written about how Snapdeal is fleecing it’s customers by showing higher discounts and thought that was the only thing they indulge in. With their peppy “Unbox” series of adverts and sales, they really have picked up the market and looked good.
However, recently one of my colleague – Souvik Kundu, who is very fond of online shopping, decided to order a refrigerator from them which was available at an attractive price. The same was delivered promptly on 31st Jan 2017. However, when he “unboxed” the packaging, his happiness was gone! What he received was a broken refrigerator with shattered glass and inner compartments. He raised it promptly with Snapdeal customer care, only to be told that his residence is at a non-serviceable area and the product can’t be picked up, and that he shall arrange to send the product back to a Gurugram address, the expenses for which will be reimbursed to his Freecharge account (and not his Bank Account).
Inflated prices posted at Snapdeal
There had been a lot of hue and cry over social media over inflated prices displayed by e-commerce giants and then offering discounts so as to make the products appear lucrative. But has that practice stopped?
In June this year, there was a post doing rounds on social media, widely shared, which highlighted how Flipkart was indulging in wrong practices by listing products at a higher price and then offering discounts. The post was taken up by the Logical Indian site and FB group and caused a clarification to be issued by Flipkart. You can read the Logical Indian page here: Flipkart Shows Higher Discount By Inflating The MRP, Faces Huge Social Media Outrage. Continue reading
Check out the reasons why Paytm would cancel your orders
As stated in my second post in the series – Is Paytm a Scam? – Part 2, Paytm tries to amass customer’s money in it’s coffers – they call it Paytm Wallet, through various means. This is to circumvent the RBI rule that they have to keep all the money that is due to it’s merchants into an escrow account which earns no interest. So of course money refunded after order cancellation is not due to merchant and they conveniently earn interest over it.
Paytm sells counterfeit products
You order a product which is claimed to be branded at an unbelievable price. The product arrives and you’re surprised to find it a counterfeit. You log a complaint and the product is marked for return (without any hassle) and you are advised to place a fresh order. Paytm claims that “Paytm is dealing with Genuine products and Genuine merchants only. The products available at our site are 100% genuine.” Believing in them, you place another order. You raise it with Paytm time and again that you want them to ascertain delivery of genuine product and every time you are reassured of the same. However, when the product arrives again with the fresh order, you find them to be counterfeit again. Once it may be a coincidence, but twice?
How Paytm cheats it’s customers?
You place order for a tempting product at 50% discount. The order is kept lingering for 7 days and then suddenly cancelled citing unavailability of stocks. You go to the site and are shocked and surprised to see the same item, same colour, same size and by same seller, now at a lower discount still listed on the site. You talk to the customer care, who say that it is an error and the site is not updated with the latest stock situation and they can’t do anything about it. To test that, you go ahead and place an order with a different address and lo – The order is successful! To rub salt on the injury, you receive a mail within 10 hours that the items has been shipped also! Isn’t that some kind of cheating?
As per Paytm, it’s all fair play and nothing wrong with it. Read on a live example…
Paytm sells products at an inflated price, much over the MRP
Apart from the irregularities in circumventing RBI rules to earn interest (Read: Is Paytm a Scam? Part 1), even while I am writing the series on Is Paytm a Scam?, I’ve come across another instance whereby a new scam appear to be in pipeline.
I was looking for some toys for my little kiddo and it was then that I came through a mini drum set (Adraxx Mini Jazz Drum Set With 5 Drums Cymbal And Stool) on Paytm, priced at Rs. 1799/-. Paytm was running a 70% cashback offer on kids toys that day and so in effect the product would have cost Rs. 540/- Continue reading