flipkart: Book Store that made me read books
There has been fabmall (where I bought my first motorola c300 from rather) and there is amazon (that is not enter(tain)ing India as a market). There have been so many bookstalls all over the offline world. Honestly however, I’ve never been inclined to read too much. You might recall CPA as a cause or even the tiny fonts making me sleepy. How I search for ctrl and + keys in the offline world!
Well randomly there have been books that I’ve taken interest to read a few pages beyond chapter 1 and even till the last page. Here, however I am talking about what is recognized as India’s answer to Amazon.com. Regardless of how it compares I am totally satisfied with the service and this is a testimonial to that.
I have discovered and disregarded flipkart initially with the same frown I look upon books with (I always go straight for the games/movies sections 😀 ). Only recently though when I re-set my unused and unchecked banking account for the umpteenth time, did I feel like checking out flipkart. Hard to recall now, but it could have been a sum of ‘going to flipkart from a book launch blog post’+’wee hours brain exhaustion’+’impulse buying’. I can’t blame any one cause in particular. While on the site, the front page did tempt me to get another book. Given that I take years and still not finish a book, I went far out of line ordering a 2nd book. In fact I remember placing 2 separate orders for each book. Like an afterthought. Books fortunately eat up time…not so much money, but it all depends on how seriously you take up time=money. For me time=time to read+time i paused reading as i dozed off….lot more time.
flipkart’s delighted me the way it has tie-ups with real good courier services who take care of on-time deliveries. Its real good luck to do business with people who don’t make you fail on your commitments. Although I’d wish flipkart is more specific about what tracking code they’re giving for the parcel (Some sites have two types of tracking code), it really is irrelevant to ask, given that the delivery is often within 3 working days. On top of that, you need a min. purchase of 100 INR or above for free shipping, which is really more than reasonable I feel. Only thing I hope flipkart allows us to specify is a preference order of courier services. Services that have a presence in my town deliver earlier than those that have a presence in my state.
Browsing through flipkart’s selection is a good pastime. Their ‘Related’ results for any book you view details about is a bit premature. It matches the book with similar title or author names..word for word. I’m hoping it’ll get intelligent in time (with some work put in of course).
The first 2 books I purchased are also isspeshal probably because I learnt that they stopped giving bookmarks with their books and those 2 had the last 2 bookmarks, one each.
What was your first online shopping experience like? Share it in the comments.
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