Finally we lost interest in #Mi3 and Flipkart after very frustrating attempts for three weeks. So many genuine fans of the #MIUI/Xiaomi get fooled by their Flash Sale system in India. #Flipkart wad backfired by this flash sale. I think customers will slowly loosing interest if they continue to supply of meager few thousand units while the registrations crossing lakhs altogether.
I pre-registered for the inaugural sale and was also a Flipkart First member BUT I did not get it in the first sale. I tried again in the 2nd sale and failed too and screamed/shouted and even opened a FB saying Boycott Xiaomi. Having said that, it is a great product at the price they offer so I still queued up 3rd time around and finally got it yesterday. Across all 3 visits, my experience was horrible but still there is no gain without pain. What it however did was got me thinking.
Let me tell you how "I think" it works. It is NOT FASTEST FINGER like KBC as Xiaomi would like you to believe. I honestly believe they check back on registrations and they assign a priority number for you in their virtual Q based on when you register (date/timing/multiple times or first time interest holder)...when the countdown clock turned 0, I clicked BUY as did 50000 odd people but why did i get it while others didn't? Simple. Its coz I was ahead of you in this Q and they had already set up my login id for success as long as I turned up at 2 pm. So if you want to get the device, just register and get into the Q first. Try buying at whatever time they open. If you don't get it in first 10 mts, dont waste your time trying again and again for hours - its because you are not in this week's selected list. Go back, re-register and come again next week (if you still want it). By then, you would have moved higher in the Q.
Think about it. If they just told you at the time of registration your position is 34000 in the Q and you will get it only on week 4, you would either go and buy something else and worse still, you wouldnt visit Flipkart as often as you do now, would you? So this whole charade is to build up hype for Xiaomi and also drive traffic to Flipkart while still fairly (as per Q) distributing the limited stock they have. 3 birds in one stone.
I do NOT think this is a fair way of selling. I do not agree with this marketing approach. But hey, they (Xiaomi and Flipkart) make the rules and if you want to be in the game, follow the rules. THEIR RULES.
Hope this helps atleast some of you understand how "I think" they are doing it.
der, 05 Aug 2014Xiaomi is the Nexus of this 2014 year confirmed.Your post makes less than zero sense.
And I am one of them who sucessfully added it to the cart. Flipkart site went down several times till 3pm. Was able to pay only after 45 mins of adding it to cart.
Samsung is going to die that's for sure and regarding Apple -they don't need to worry,Apple will entertain the rich anyway.
heman12, 05 Aug 2014looks like xiaomi not serious about indian buyers, as they didnt research while come to tap in... moreIt's not about predicting the market size, the headline says it all "gone in 2 seconds", the perception in the market will be that the device is in high demand, thus it will generate buzz.
Nobody will care about if it's only 10 device or 1000 device, it will only be that the demand diminishes the supply in 2 seconds flat. This is standard operating procedure for Xiaomi everywhere in the world, flash sale. I'm enjoying my "cheap Nexus", the Zenfone 5.
Anonymous, 05 Aug 2014Getting real tired of this how many sold in a second, stupid.These are just marketing gimmicks to create hype & impression that the product is popular & highly in demand.
Anonymous, 05 Aug 2014Oh really flipkart, why so much lying? Xiami is crap, they sale our privacy to chinese server.It's not like anything you do the usa doesnt know about it.
looks like xiaomi not serious about indian buyers, as they didnt research while come to tap indian market, as chinese manufacturer they must not forget that india is second largest country after china. so there will be great and huge demand for mobiles and other electronics.
When next time they want or planning to sell they must not disappoint potential indian buyer, because of the recent crisis or whatever is going on with flipkart many buyer just dont want to buy as they dont want to waste their time.
Looks like there r retailer and some middleman other than final consumer buying in bulk and selling it outside for more profits.
as far as normal buyer will have to wait for 6 or more months for their hands on MI3.
So guyss and friends just relax, and enjoy whats going on........
Anonymous, 05 Aug 2014Ahh, actually i only bought the power bank but somehow i was made to enter the delivery addres... moresorry to say buddy is u r talking abt Xiaomi power bank its not even been launched in India....
Anonymous, 05 Aug 2014Oh really flipkart, why so much lying? Xiami is crap, they sale our privacy to chinese server.do u even know what sort of privacy ??? there is an option in the phone when u go in settings which asks u permission to send data to xiaomi, if u switch it off nothing goes out from ur phone to Xiaomi...
and if u r talking abt msgs contacts or other details its on cloud like dropbox or i cloud in apple... that too you have option not to share or upload...
Anonymous, 05 Aug 2014Oh really flipkart, why so much lying? Xiami is crap, they sale our privacy to chinese server.Would you rather sell it to an US server?
AnonD-233068, 05 Aug 2014trying to set the guinness book of world record sold out in 2secs.......They can't. Guiness's book is based on real facts.
Sadly, this news is true. The sale opened at 2 and I logged in at 2.01 and the phone was out of stock.
I was disappointed and ordered Moto G tonight with flip cover. Anyways Dual sim and faster updates is a win win too. Hope people at Xiaomi realise that it is not a good gesture to make customer wait.