Hot Deal rant on online pricing

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This is long time due on my mind regarding pricing differences online vs offline.

Item#1 Vega Nail Clipper
ref1: https://www.flipkart.com/vega-nail-clipper-lnc-...

ref:2 https://www.amazon.in/Vega-Large-Nail-Clipper-B...

The average pricing per piece is atleast 90/- in ecom portals with, I bought the same at 35/- in the offline market. Of late, with online we usually have a new headache of quality/returns non sense…

Item#2 Bajaj HM 01 Hand mixer
ref:1 https://www.flipkart.com/bajaj-hm-01-250-watt-h...

ref:2 https://www.amazon.in/Bajaj-HM-01-250-Watt-Mixe...

The average price of this item is atleast 2,100-2,200/-

I got this in the shop near by at 2,000/-. And Amex Shop Local sweetened the deal with 2×1000 swipes.

Item#3: Samsung 50" TV Model: UA50TU8000KXXL
ref:1 https://www.amazon.in/Samsung-Inches-Ultra-Smar...
Price starting from 62,900…I remember seeing it 59900 a few days back
ref2: https://www.flipkart.com/samsung-125cm-50-inch-...
Price 57,700

I got this at 54,000 from a authorized dealer nearby with 5% cashback on credit card. The no-mess with delivery/return/account blocking issues are additional benefits.

I remember online prices at much lesser than offline due to less burden on rentals/no-maintenance of shops, but of late they are proving it otherwise. If possible, please do enquire little more in local shops before placing the order online. Hope this helps

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Recently i also felt the same,
This product point_downis Rs.240 online. That too for prime only. Non prime should make it 499 or just pay extra charges

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B018I8TGBO/ref=cm_sw_r...
When i tried this in a local shop got it for 150 only.
Also instantly usable.
Really more than 30% price difference!! 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Appreciates the cross check
A competition between online/offline is always good for the customers
The last two products prices seems to be in balance
https://www.amazon.in/Bajaj-HM-01-250-Watt-Mixe...
https://shop.bajajelectricals.com/home/food-pre...
https://www.croma.com/bajaj-250-watt-hand-blend...
https://www.tatacliq.com/bajaj-majesty-hm01-han...
https://www.tatacliq.com/samsung-125-cm-50-inch...
https://www.croma.com/samsung-series-8-tu8000-1...

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During diwali sale relatives purchased air-conditioners got price difference of 5k to 8k on various ac models in offline market. Offline market is cheaper if you know from where to purchase.

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Amazon fees is the difference. Make an online marketplace with zero fees for sellers and see the prices plummet. A 250 item on amazon nets seller 100rs after cutting all fees, shipping, gst etc. Not talking about big brand products but third party sellers. Amazon competition is so fierce that even after selling at 3 times the cost, survival is difficult unless you sell directly to amazon wholesale like cloudtail and appario. You have no idea of behind the scenes struggles. Its easy to just bash the seller “offline 100rs sasta mil rha hai. Chor saala” and lets not even start about the losses from customer returns and different products received. If i order 10 products from 10 sellers with COD and then didnt accept any parcel at delivery, these undelivered orders just cost the sellers for than 1500rs and more depending on price. What is sellers fault when amazon’s client (buyer) is at fault. Why amazon cutting sellers pocket? /rant

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COTTONCANDY wrote:

Recently i also felt the same,
This product point_downis Rs.240 online. That too for prime only. Non prime should make it 499 or just pay extra charges

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B018I8TGBO/ref=cm_sw_r...
When i tried this in a local shop got it for 150 only.
Also instantly usable.
Really more than 30% price difference!! 🤷🏻‍♂️

You should be able to get at around 80/- in the specific areas of each city. On a different note, I would not recommend this product for high voltage or high current stuff

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Do you realise that this came to be only because of competition with online stores?

I remember how local stores were not even intrested in selling you anything and if they did and gave a small discount they expected you to worship them. But also those selling online have to pay like amazon for storage and shipping etc.. I am sure during sales, the prices end up being lower.. Also the major reason to buy online is that it is harder to find some stuff locally or can not find a particular model etc.. Have to travel a lot in trafic and in this heat and rain.. My wife bought a phone a few months back from the local shoppie and paid like rs 2200.. I came home and checked amazon and it was selling for rs600.. Thats a pretty huge price difference and I was against buying it.. The guy said some flippant comment about it being fake stuff online.. So everything is relative.. If you want something immediately then buy locally.. if you find a good price.. But when I bought a monitor I looked a lot and locally they were all just a couple of models mostly dell.. Prices were similar but in the end I ended up with a philips which I like better than dell.. With bank discount I got it cheaper than local.. Also I dont have to deal with asshole salesmen.. Got ripped off so many times that you think amazon is bad in customer service?

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andromeda wrote:

You should be able to get at around 80/- in the specific areas of each city. On a different note, I would not recommend this product for high voltage or high current stuff

See, it’s even more difference that came out now and Yeah thanks for the note.

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Wix wrote:

Amazon fees is the difference. Make an online marketplace with zero fees for sellers and see the prices plummet. A 250 item on amazon nets seller 100rs after cutting all fees, shipping, gst etc. Not talking about big brand products but third party sellers. Amazon competition is so fierce that even after selling at 3 times the cost, survival is difficult unless you sell directly to amazon wholesale like cloudtail and appario. You have no idea of behind the scenes struggles. Its easy to just bash the seller “offline 100rs sasta mil rha hai. Chor saala” and lets not even start about the losses from customer returns and different products received. If i order 10 products from 10 sellers with COD and then didnt accept any parcel at delivery, these undelivered orders just cost the sellers for than 1500rs and more depending on price. What is sellers fault when amazon’s client (buyer) is at fault. Why amazon cutting sellers pocket? /rant

I get the difference and at the same time a local shop need to pay for the real estate, electricity, maintenance, inventory etc, so they do have their own share of charges involved including the gst you mentioned, payment gateway charges.

Regarding the returns/penalties, flipkart/Amazon is cracking down on such customers by blocking the accounts etc.

FYI my dad and most relatives are into business (not online though). I’m aware how online shopping reshaped the business.

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The year was 2012 ; i was living near nehru place in delhi and got a ebay voucher of flat100 off bought a mouse which costed me like 10 rs with voucher and i was like no where in nehru place i can get a conputer mouse for rs 10

Online always online

Local shop are good for electrical items if they are honest

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alienteck wrote:

Do you realise that this came to be only because of competition with online stores?

I remember how local stores were not even intrested in selling you anything and if they did and gave a small discount they expected you to worship them. But also those selling online have to pay like amazon for storage and shipping etc.. I am sure during sales, the prices end up being lower.. Also the major reason to buy online is that it is harder to find some stuff locally or can not find a particular model etc.. Have to travel a lot in trafic and in this heat and rain.. My wife bought a phone a few months back from the local shoppie and paid like rs 2200.. I came home and checked amazon and it was selling for rs600.. Thats a pretty huge price difference and I was against buying it.. The guy said some flippant comment about it being fake stuff online.. So everything is relative.. If you want something immediately then buy locally.. if you find a good price.. But when I bought a monitor I looked a lot and locally they were all just a couple of models mostly dell.. Prices were similar but in the end I ended up with a philips which I like better than dell.. With bank discount I got it cheaper than local.. Also I dont have to deal with asshole salesmen.. Got ripped off so many times that you think amazon is bad in customer service?

I have had my own share of good experiences with Amazon in particular, 1-2 bad but that’s fine.

And even now, this guy from the local shop is still the same, least ignorant of making a sale. So it’s all relative, but IMHO I didn’t feel much difference between online cand offline in the recent past, but yes a lot difference until about an year back

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Why is this Rant even necessary?
Compare and buy, who’s stopping anyone?

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COTTONCANDY wrote:

Recently i also felt the same,
This product point_downis Rs.240 online. That too for prime only. Non prime should make it 499 or just pay extra charges

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B018I8TGBO/ref=cm_sw_r...
When i tried this in a local shop got it for 150 only.
Also instantly usable.
Really more than 30% price difference!! 🤷🏻‍♂️

I bought this for 120 in local market

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B3A5T wrote:

Why is this Rant even necessary?
Compare and buy, who’s stopping anyone?

Well the title may be little misleading. Just wanted to share my observation and it may be of little help for people thinking in this direction

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I am having CERA product dealership, i found many items at less than DP on amazon and Flipkart. On diwali sale 1 product which DP price after all discount was 542, i got at 340 with GST bill from Flipkart. See the difference. Need to check price at both and take decision.

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shreyu2105 wrote:

I am having CERA product dealership, i found many items at less than DP on amazon and Flipkart. On diwali sale 1 product which DP price after all discount was 542, i got at 340 with GST bill from Flipkart. See the difference. Need to check price at both and take decision.

@shreyu2105
Appreciates your sincerity to think like that being an offline seller
I had posted two offers
https://www.desidime.com/deals/up-to-75-off-cer...
https://www.desidime.com/deals/cera-bath-room-f...

I was at a new place then and the local plumber had charged me almost double
as I was reluctant to go out in the covid situation

Even I had purchased them, but, not used, the fittings and packings were
looking original, but have not used them and was still thinking they were
duplicates.

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Censuresh wrote:

@shreyu2105
Appreciates your sincerity to think like that being an offline seller
I had posted two offers
https://www.desidime.com/deals/up-to-75-off-cer...
https://www.desidime.com/deals/cera-bath-room-f...

I was at a new place then and the local plumber had charged me almost double
as I was reluctant to go out in the covid situation

Even I had purchased them, but, not used, the fittings and packings were
looking original, but have not used them and was still thinking they were
duplicates.

These are old items, comapny has discontinued it so u will not get service on that. For regular items life time service is free. So advice you don’t buy it of if already bought return it to seller.

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Online shopping is not just about price savings for all the shoppers. It is the convenience that comes along with it. Time saving, Transportation cost savings, No need to walk around x no. of shops before you can find the item you are looking for and avoiding the biggest stress of having to find a parking space. I think the net affect of online shopping is still favorable compared to doing offline shopping.

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Only purchase in loots online, otherwise if someone has time, compare from different modes smile

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Yes, currently the MRP is increased more than the actual MRP and as I put one eg of a branded glue gun, amazon and flipkart – both ignored my messages on telling them to correct the MRP!
I bought a marks and spencer kit in oct thinking I got it at 50% and to my surprise, it was at MRP (also the product was 2 yrs old). When I complained about it and I said I want my money back, they actually took the product back and refunded the money. But till now haven’t corrected the price!!
But go ahead and tell them a product is sold at lower price error and they would cancel the whole order.
Bloody hypocrites

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alienteck wrote:

Do you realise that this came to be only because of competition with online stores?

I remember how local stores were not even intrested in selling you anything and if they did and gave a small discount they expected you to worship them. But also those selling online have to pay like amazon for storage and shipping etc.. I am sure during sales, the prices end up being lower.. Also the major reason to buy online is that it is harder to find some stuff locally or can not find a particular model etc.. Have to travel a lot in trafic and in this heat and rain.. My wife bought a phone a few months back from the local shoppie and paid like rs 2200.. I came home and checked amazon and it was selling for rs600.. Thats a pretty huge price difference and I was against buying it.. The guy said some flippant comment about it being fake stuff online.. So everything is relative.. If you want something immediately then buy locally.. if you find a good price.. But when I bought a monitor I looked a lot and locally they were all just a couple of models mostly dell.. Prices were similar but in the end I ended up with a philips which I like better than dell.. With bank discount I got it cheaper than local.. Also I dont have to deal with asshole salesmen.. Got ripped off so many times that you think amazon is bad in customer service?

That’s true. The shopkeepers that I’ve bought books and stationary for 12 years of my entire school life and 90% shopkeepers in fancy bazaar were the most rudest and money hungry 💩heads I’ve ever seen in my life. Wrong price increase upto 100 times is in their genes.
And this is why I moved on to online shopping but the experience from last year till date has been very bad.
I don’t know why they’re being such cheating douchebags so suddenly.
Plus no cashback and 0 discounts after covid19 so I’m back to some select honest offline stores.

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androgame wrote:
compare from different modes smile

Yeah. Absolutely.
But the biggest challenge is : moving one’s lazy a$$ wink

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When you are buying online, you are not just paying for product, you are also paying for the convenience that comes with online shopping.Local prices varies a lot depending on the city, local competition. Some of the product would simply be unavailable in smaller cities and villages. I stay in a tier 3 town in Kerala. Not everything is available nearbuy. So if i need to buy something like a car bulb, i need to travel to the main town which is 8 kms away. It would cost me 200 rs in fuel and couple of hours to make that trip. I would rather buy it online even if it means i pay a premium of 50 to 100 bucks. Remember, time is money.

For people living in Big cities, everything is available within a short distance. And since compeition is high in cities, prices are mostly reasonable. So a multimeter which costs 120 rs in Nehru place might be 250 rs in a small city. Ecommmerce companies like Amazon has same price irrespective of the location of the end customer. A customer based on Ladakh would be paying the same price as someone based in Bangalore.

At the end of the day we should do our research and choose the best option available. Last month during sale i got a Daikin AC from Flipkart for 20k. Best deal available locally(tier 3 town) was 27k so i went with FK. Im sure someone based in Delhi, Bangalore would have got a better deal locally.

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Buyer has to be alert to product pricing  after research. I bought few clothes & stuff toys for my niece from recent Flipkart sale. I paid around 30% less as compared to bigger sale during BBD.

AvailabilityIn smaller cities many items are either not available or I’m not able to locate the shop which stocks them. This includes grocery.

Type of product – For unbranded steel utensils I prefer local shops as they are relatively cheaper & one can get the exact idea regarding its heft & quality. Same goes for many plastic items.

Feedback – In local shops I’m dependent on salesman feedback who hardly shows few items. In Amazon there are various customers giving their reviews though feedback manipulation by seller has increased .

Variety – Sheer number of options available online gives choices to customers. Local shopkeepers are reluctant to indulge you even in rare case they stock multiple brands.

In hand feeling – Here local shops have a great advantage. Many prefer to inspect product in person before buying them. I’ve friends who buy jeans from local stores even if it’s available for less online.

Convenience – This plays a huge part.  To have a product home delivered without encountering traffic or pollution is simply great.

There’s place for both online & local shops even with difference in pricing. Competition is beneficial whether it’s between online & local stores or two online stores. One has to research a particular product & come to a buying decision.




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Very good Observation Bro @andromeda
And, Thanks for bringing this to us and to this forum. As it helps many who buys blindly by seeing 70% or 80% discounts but anyways this has been there since beginning.
One should cross check before purchasing any item else it would be loss (and it’s upto individual)
+KG

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rini50 wrote:

Yes, currently the MRP is increased more than the actual MRP and as I put one eg of a branded glue gun, amazon and flipkart – both ignored my messages on telling them to correct the MRP!
I bought a marks and spencer kit in oct thinking I got it at 50% and to my surprise, it was at MRP (also the product was 2 yrs old). When I complained about it and I said I want my money back, they actually took the product back and refunded the money. But till now haven’t corrected the price!!
But go ahead and tell them a product is sold at lower price error and they would cancel the whole order.
Bloody hypocrites

Lots of unscruplus sellers online.. Like this guy and many like him..
What they do is they scratch out the local MRP which is illegal and put a sticker on it, Like here the MRP is 120 and they put a sticker for rs 499 to show its imported..
You can get the very same item from big basket and even paytm which was very surprising for rs99.. Yes thats right.. an item selling on amazon for rs312 is selling at paytm for rs99.. Even my review was not approved.. and complaining about the fake MRP also ignored.. The indian supreme court has awarded rs10,000 per order for malfeasence of MRP.. and I got a good mind to make 10 orders and then file a case against amazon..

https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B084JFW2SS/ref...

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alienteck wrote:

Lots of unscruplus sellers online.. Like this guy and many like him..
What they do is they scratch out the local MRP which is illegal and put a sticker on it, Like here the MRP is 120 and they put a sticker for rs 499 to show its imported..
You can get the very same item from big basket and even paytm which was very surprising for rs99.. Yes thats right.. an item selling on amazon for rs312 is selling at paytm for rs99.. Even my review was not approved.. and complaining about the fake MRP also ignored.. The indian supreme court has awarded rs10,000 per order for malfeasence of MRP.. and I got a good mind to make 10 orders and then file a case against amazon..

https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B084JFW2SS/ref...

Amazon has notorious lawyers. It’ll be a tough battle

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