May 212015
 

On the move? Pickup your order from our pickup store.

That’s how Amazon introduces you to their new service.

Except for the orange “amazon pickup” icon present on the delivery details selection page, nothing else announces this service being provided.

Amazon Pickup

Going by the help page it is clarified that if you opt for this service, your package will be delivered to a store of your choice(from the stores listed on their site, in the cities where the service is available) and you will receive an email regarding the delivery. You can choose to pickup the package from that store at your convenience.

Here is what the search for pin code 400086 throws up

Pickup 400086

Not only do you get the addresses of the stores, but also the location on map. That’s convenient.

This service can be beneficial for people who have no one to receive the package at home and whose office does not allow personal deliveries due to security reasons.  You may pickup the package within seven days after furnishing required documents.

There are certain restrictions to this service that you need to know.

  • Size limit of 53 cm X 37.5 cm X 30 cm and weight less than 9 kg
  • Shipping speed of 3-5 business days to these stores.
  • Package can be picked up during store open timings only(that’s without being said)
  • Valid proof of ID with name matching the name on package to be furnished
  • Cash on Delivery available only at certain locations(Not available above Rs. 50,000)
  • This service available only at selected cities.
  • Collect the package from the store within 7 days or the package is returned back.

Complete terms and conditions can be viewed here

Basically, Amazon has provided a care of address for your benefit if you do not have much choices.

Online shopping is getting convenient by day.

Feb 242015
 

Year 2000.I got my first computer. Year 2001. I became addict to Baazee.com an online shopping portal which was later acquired by ebay to grow into the current ebay.in. In the meantime, lots of other ecommerce websites bloomed and fizzled. Most notable were tradus.com, snapdeal, flipkart etc. As of today we have flood of choices to buy from, ranging from websites specific to a product category to A-Z ecommerce sites. The shopping experience has been improving by day and  people are turning from being need based shoppers to impulse shoppers. Big ecommerce portals like flipkart can predict which of their frequent customer, an impulse shopper, will jump to a specific deal on a specific product.

But for the end user, ultimately its the shopping experience that matters. Right from the presentation, the price, ease of buying and the delivery mechanism is what customer uses to rate the overall experience. And over a period of just over one year, one portal has been delivering world class shopping experience to Indian. Amazon.

For years I’ve been drooling over the mouth watering deals offered in the USA by Amazon. Some deals unheard of in India all this time. Think of a camera at 6000 rs discount to its market price, not MRP mind you, market price(By market price I mean the average price at which it is sold in market which is normally much less than MRP. Brick and Mortar stores normally quote market price as discounted price and we believe that it couldn’t get better.) But portals like flipkart and amazon has redefined the concept deep discounts. The big billion day saw me lighter by 11000 rs but overall I saved 3000 rs by purchasing on that day. And those purchases were imminent. I purchased a camera on amazon about 8 months back for 30,000. Brick and mortar store still lists it for 36000, under discount.

And here’s the best deal.

(Adv: Amazon Deal of the Day)

How many time you have bought something and within a week wished that you had waited for the better product listed later? I confess I have felt so, many a times. But what options do I have.

With amazon, you have the option; Of returning the item if better deal is available(apart from options of return in case of damage/defect etc.). I recently experienced this with my laptop purchase. I had bought a Lenovo B50-70 for 32,000, and within two days of receiving it, opening it up and putting it to use, amazon listed an upgraded laptop for 30,000.I was feeling quite dejected for the hasty discounted purchase and thought about talking to customer care about it but was sceptical about their response. But there was no harm in enquiring and so I had a chat with the customer care executive.

To my surprise, the executive said that I could return under the reason better deal available and can buy another one. The executive even offered to start the process for me. I jumped to the offer, knowing well that if things didn’t workout, I would not part away my current laptop and would cancel the delivery of the new laptop. Later I twice had a chat with two different executives to confirm that my return would be accepted and refunded, to which, both of them put me to ease. My only job was to packup the laptop and Fedex picked it up from my door step along with the paperwork send to me by amazon. As soon as the pick up was updated on fedex, I got a message saying that refund process was initiated and  my card was credited with full refund within two days, about 4 days before the returned laptop reached amazon. I got the new laptop after 3 days pickup.

During the chats, the first customer care executive said that “customer satisfaction was their top priority and since I was clearly dissatisfied with my purchase I could return it”. Isn’t it Amazing?

I hope amazon keeps on redefining customer satisfaction in India and force others to follow suit.

Amazon Deal of the Day

Aug 132014
 

We got our first Television in the 80s and were instantly hooked to it. Soaps, epics, news, films, sports and such proved to be thrilling and entertaining. But of all these, advertisements captured our imagination the most. 20 seconds of quick burst of the most vividly colorful, imaginative and sometimes, unknown to us, fake entertainment. At times, a film would be so boring that we would be waiting for the Ads to be played for some relief. All said, after many improvements in their bathing products and teeth cleaning pastes, my body still stays brown, my teeth are going bit yellowish. Yet each year, they come up with more improved products with additional “salts”, “Lemon” etc. All that remains to be added is some Tequila and we are all set. They are moving towards that direction by coming up with a “beer” shampoo.

Anyway…..

As technology changed so did change the methods of advertisement. They have upgraded from television to the web space (it’s the space on the webpage, intentionally kept empty for filling in the Ads) and even downgraded to illegal handbills posted on the insides of the railway cars, buses,……., ……, Public Toilets,…….. etc. All said, they have yet to upgrade their rationality, thoughtfulness, inter divisional coordination for the same company. Knowingly or unknowingly to them, or for some reasons unknown to me, they have come up with a competition of its kind, between two products from their own stables. And now are are going through the period of exclusive launches(launch of a product through one single distributor seller as against launch through multiple distributors, so as to create a hype, control the supply and show a pseudo-shortage due to exhausted stock)

I frequently scan the internet for good deals on various products and I happened to chance upon two “Exclusive” launches, one on Flipkart and another on Amazon India. Both the tablets are form Acer. Branded Iconia. One model A1 and another B1. Both exclusive launches but on different websites. And the advertisement for A1 says “why settle for B1 when you can go for A1”. Funny!!

A1

B1

Whether this campaign is created by Acer or by the individual online stores(in which case such an aggressive advertisement is justified) is unknown. The price difference is just Rs. 500 so I do not understand pitching both the Tablets at the same time.

Check the specifications comparison here.

This reminds me of formula one races where two drivers from the same team are allowed to compete against each other and ultimately it leads to a collision course.

BTW if you are interested to buy any of these two icons, they are available on Flipkart and on Amazon India

Jun 262013
 

Well you all might have knowledge of that bit of information. Seriously, I was not “really” excited when I read that Amazon had started selling ebooks in India on Amazon.in. But Couple of days back my hopes went up when I read that they have started selling Kindle devices too.

But today I received a jolt of excitement when while casually accessing Amazon.in I found that they have started selling mobiles/cameras and few other electronics on their website. The catalogue is not as exhaustive as on the U.S. version, but this could be the beginning of things. More amazing was the fact that they have introductory discounts of 10% on selected mobiles and 15% on selected cameras. I made a dry run shopping on their site and was excited that, though the prices are not as drastically low as the U.S. website, they were still far lower than any other ecommerce website after discounts.

Capture

Case to the point; Micromax Canvas HD sells for around 13500rs. on other websites where as after applying discount on Amazon, you can buy it for less than 12000 rs. Similarly Canon EOS 600D with standard lens kit sells for about 31000 rs. on most websites where as after discount Amazon sells it for less than 29000 rs.

Grab the opportunity while this launch offers last.

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