Flipkart: Time to Do or Die?

Flipkart vs Amazon: Will FK Survive?A few years ago, say beginning of 2011, I became a Flipkart fan. Not the Facebook one, but one who bought something every month at least. 2011 was when I bought from them extensively. Especially after an order that was worth Rs 101 and was sent to a relatively remote town in UP via two registered posts, without any delivery charges then.

Then times changes and they upped their minimum free orders to Rs 200 and soon 300.

One day soon after that, I told my then girlfriend (and now wife) while passing a Flipkart office that FK had just moved their Rs 30 delivery charges to a minimum order of 300 and I thought they’d make it 50 and 500 in some time.

In 2012, I was checking indiabookstore.net regularly for who gave the books cheapest, and most of my books began to come from Homeshop18. Though most of the big things are still coming from Flipkart. Except my Galaxy Note, where I saved a bit by buying from Infibeam.

[I believe that’s what they wanted. To give small orders to small websites and keep selling the big ones. But once people got good with other websites, they bought from them as well. Not with as high expectations as from Flipkart, but expecting two days extra for a delivery.]

A couple weeks ago I got an email. Flipkart flyte music store was closing, and I should download the songs before a certain date.

Around the same time, I found there was a 66-67% off sale on a lot of books on Amazon.in. After much haggling with myself, I ordered only five of them. The bug that bit me – Amazon was ready to deliver even a single book for no delivery charges. As of now.

Next day, I found out Amazon was selling 66 Kindle books for rs 66 each. I bought 2 of them. Then after three days 2 more, and finally 2 more. Total 6.

Problems buying Rockstar songs/ album

Well, like everyone else, I am mad about getting the songs of A R Rahman’s Rockstar. But seems there is no way, at least no easy way of getting it.

For one, I was looking for the album every day since 20th September, the day there was so called ‘music launch’ at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s dargah. Still unable to understand why the songs were not available Anywhere even 9 days after launch.

And now finally when I got to know that the songs are available, I went out on the web, at the websites of T-Series as well as on Hungama.com, but while Hungama is not able to send me a password/PIN required for registration with their website, T-Series website straightaway says ‘Product you searched for was not for sale . Please feel free to Shop by Clicking the following Link’ when you click ‘Buy.’

My guess is that with the servers are not able to handle the pressure, something that last happened with Rahman’s Jhootha hi Sahi, when Saregama tried to launch it through their website. And if that is the case, I wonder what is the point in making people wait so much and create such a hype.

In fact such a scenario I would say something like what Vishal Bharadwaj did with Saat Khoon Maaf was nice. His three day advanced launch on Nokia website was a nice idea without much trouble as Nokia servers at least would hopefully be able to handle the load, and even if Nokia is taking a larger share, it would get more people to actually buy the music.

Anyway, how to do it is still the problem of the company. But as a fan what I want is that I should be able to get the song when I click buy and am willing to pay for it.

And, oh, did I tell you that I am still waiting for my Flipkart copy of the CD to be shipped, just like many others who have made it a bestseller even before it’s out?

PS: Dear T-Series, Sadda Haq, Aithe Rakh.

Hamara Bajaj: in Memories and Youtube

hamara bajajye zameen ye aasmaan
ye zameen ye aasmaan
hamara kal, hamara aaj
buland bharat ki buland tasveer,
hamara bajaj…

This advertisement had stopped being there on television years ago. But then, there were new versions and new scooters and memories of old TV that kept hamara bajaj alive. And now, it’s finally going to be over. Hamara Bajaj is finally departing from the scooter segment. Now we’ll have only Bajaj motorcycles, and hopefully Bajaj cars in sometime.

I hope most of us remember what Bajaj has been to us. I have never had a scooter at my home, but I remember the days when everybody who came home on a scooter had a Bajaj, a Chetak to be precise. Agree or not, Chetak was better known as a scooter of Bajaj than Maharana Pratap’s dear horse whose name the former bears.

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