Freedom 251? Boy gets an iPhone 5S for Rs 68 from Snapdeal
There have been times when consumers received bricks rather than smartphones from e commerce websites. But in this exceptionally rare instance, an iPhone 5S was bought by a pupil from Punjab university from Snapdeal for only Rs 68.
Even as social media were agog over the online sale of the so-called most affordable smartphone Liberty 251, Nikhil Bansal, an engineering student, managed to grab an iPhone at a reduction of 99.7%.
The original cost of the gold iPhone 5S on Snapdeal was Rs 28,999, which after discount came down to Rs 68. But apparently the reduction that is mentioned proved to be a technical error.
Nikhil reserved the phone on Feb. 7 and filed a case in a consumer court in Sangrur district of Punjab when the e-commerce web site failed to deliver the product. His claim was that Snapdeal refused to give him the 99.7 per cent discount.
Wait until you know what the court ordered Snapdeal to do, if you presume Nikhil is a lucky chap.
The court not only made Snapdeal sell the merchandise for Rs 68, but additionally to pay a fee of Rs 2000 to Nikhil for refusing him the discount deal.
When Snapdeal challenged the verdict of the court in a newsgroup that was higher, it ended up in more pain for the e commerce giant. Snapdeal lost there also and had to pay Rs 10,000 as fine to close the case.