Scam watch: Online electronic deals
Saw a good deal being offered on a gadget? Or a range of expensive freebies as part of your purchase? Chances are these deals and discounts will not match up to the website’s claims.
How often have you seen a gadget marked down with a discount by up to 50% on online shopping portals such as Snapdeal or Naaptol? If you regularly buy into one of these advertised discounts on e-commerce websites, you may have been pushed into a bad deal. Shopping websites regularly advertise certain products with great offers or discounts on them, sometimes claiming to have the best price online for them. We decided to check these offers and found five great offers which do not live up to online portals’ claims:
Deal details: Snapdeal was claiming to offer a great discount worth 40% on the Blackberry Z10. With its listed MRP noted as Rs43,490, you could buy the phone for Rs26,200 in this offer.
Real deal: What Snapdeal isn’t telling you is that the Rs43,490 price tag was the Z10’s launch price. Blackberry had issued a statement that the phone would be available for Rs29,900. The discount you would get on the phone would be just 12% instead of the advertised 40%.
Deal details: On Snapdeal, Hitman Absolution’s PlayStation 3 version was being offered for Rs1,299. The deal claimed that you would get a 54% discount on its MRP of Rs2,799.
Real deal: Like Blackberry Z10’s offer, Hitman Absolution cost Rs2,799 at its launch. A year later, the game costs only Rs1,999 on original gaming portals and can also be bought for Rs1,499 after a discount.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Deal details: Nokia’s flagship phone could be purchased from Indiatimes Shopping for Rs47,222. The site claimed that this was after a 27% discount and after a cashback of Rs15,777 from its original price of Rs62,999.
Real deal: What Indiatimes Shopping wasn’t disclosing was that the current price on Nokia’s website was Rs47,222 as well. The shopping portal was offering an artificial discount on its website.
Deal details: A seller on Ebay was offering to give 10% discount on an Asus 3rd Gen intel powered laptop. The cost was Rs43,200 of the laptop compared to its MRP of Rs47,999.
Real deal: The same laptop on Asus’ website was listed at Rs42,000. Not only was the discount artificial, you would end up paying more if you purchased it through Ebay.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Deal details: When we checked Infibeam, the discount on Galaxy Note II was a high 30% on its MRP of Rs41,700. After the cashback, you could buy the phone for Rs29,299.
Real deal: The actual listed price of Note II on Samsung India’s e-store is Rs32,150. The actual discount was a mere 6% compared to the 30% which was being advertised.