Come festive season, and you will be flooded with sales offers. Flipkart's Big Billion Days sale has already begun, kicking off five days of online shopping extravaganza that's India's Black Friday and Cyber Monday rolled into one. Add to this, Amazon's Great Indian Festive sale, (right after the Amazon India Fashion Week, mind) and you'll find yourself in the midst of some frenzied online shopping to win those best deals (or 'Lightning Deals' as Amazon calls them).
Newbie or veteran shopper, there are some struggles that every online shopper faces:
1. The finger exercise
The night before the sale begins, you need to give your fingers a lot of exercise. Because, remember, grabbing 'lighting deals' should be just with the touch of your finger. Not an easy task.
Me, exercising my finger, before I can exercise my purchases on Flipkart's app-only Big Billion Day Sale. pic.twitter.com/dNsnGxCQ9b— Karthik Srinivasan (@beastoftraal) October 13, 2015
2. Expectation vs Reality
They raise your hopes before the sales. But, you know the reality is grim.
Pic 1: Expectations from Flipkart Big Billion sale:
Pic 2: Offers available
Pic 3: Your order pic.twitter.com/i1ETWkbmxH— The Hidden Tooth (@hiddentooth) October 13, 2015
3. Damn Internet!
Being caught in a web of slow internet connection, is probably the one of the worst struggles of an online shopper.
Impact of poor mobile Internet speed on Flipkart Big Billion Day app-only sale vs. 2014 when people bought using office wifi on laptop.— Karthik Srinivasan (@beastoftraal) October 13, 2015
4. Try, try, try..
You must have read the story of King Bruce and the spider that made its web after several attempts. When you're trying to shop online, this is what you need to keep reming yourself: "Try, try again till you succeed."
And, if you do succeed, you are totally allowed to put up a show like this one:
5. The problem of being banned, well almost
Those who live in Uttar Pradesh, may be well aware of this. Sometimes, these e-commerce giants will just not deliver to your address. And, you only get to know about this once you have managed to put all those 'lighting deals' in your shopping cart. That is the moment you want to pull all your hair out.
"Arre, 70% off!"
"I'll buy one"
"Wait, at this price I'll buy two!"October 13, 2015
6. The error messages just when you have almost bought the item
Oh, why, why why?
Suggest a correction
"Bhai kya bakwaas hai yeh?" pic.twitter.com/zB6Ihkg9He— Akshar (@AksharPathak) October 13, 2015