As more people take to internet shopping and online auctions, the number of complaints about transactions & service have increased. Earlier, we’d reported on how naaptol used fake discounts to sell Apple iPad 2 devices at a higher than market price – after a 50% rebate. In this post, we cover price manipulations & other tricks used by soldinsixty.com to rip off online shoppers.
Research shows that higher the discount percentage offered, the more the number of deals that are sold. Naturally, the tendency would be to mark up the prices and offer massive discounts on them to drive more sales. This is one of the tricks that soldinsixty.com employed to deceive customers…
The SoldInSixty Hustle
One of our readers reported that
“…on 27th June 2011, Soldinsixty.com offered the 16GB Blackberry Playbook for Rs.26,550 against the MRP of Rs.27,990 i.e., at a discount of 5%. But, the MRP quoted in the deal was Rs.32,990 – at a discount of 20% – which was the price for the 32GB version of the Playbook and not the 16GB one.
On 5th July 2011, they offered the 2GB iPod Shuffle for Rs.2,499 and printed the discount as 32% on an MRP of Rs.3,700. But, the fact is the MRP is only Rs.3,200 (Apple iStore) and the discount is only 22% and not 32%.
I have brought it to their notice by mail as well as through phone, but in vain…”
The facebook fanpage has many comments which report other unprofessional experiences. Some of the most common complaints include:-
1. Customers receiving the ordered items after much delay, or worse – never
2. Customers receiving products that are either less valuable than those advertised or significantly different from the original description
3. Failure by Soldin60 to disclose relevant information about a product
The Rip-off series documents instances where online shopping portals & daily deal sites have been caught red-handed in dishing out so called ‘deals’ and ‘promotions’ by offering fake discounts and other conniving methods.
Share your experiences with us…