Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
10th Dec 2014
The Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) is back. For those not in the know, it is the Indian version of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales made popular by American retailers. In this year’s GOSF, more than 400 online retailers including Amazon, Ebay, Snapdeal, and Rediff are said to be participating. It encompasses everything from gadgets to car insurance. The only big player missing is Flipkart that has its own App Shopping schemes going on. Anyway, GOSF will continue for 3 consecutive days starting from 10th of December. If you want to make most of this year’s GOSF with less hassle, here are a few tips.
Don’t Buy Something Just Because Its Cheap
Before indulging yourself in shopping frenzy, decide what you actually want to buy, and stick to that. In such shopping festivals, I have seen people buying things that they don’t need, only because of low price. Don’t let these “Save 20%” and “Save 30%” signs fool you. Remember that by purchasing unnecessary goods you are not saving 20%, but wasting 80%.
Opt For Cash On Delivery
Most websites participating in GOSF do not have resources to keep up with the large number of orders during GOSF. Because of this, most websites fail to maintain the quality of their service. So if a particular website generally delivers products in a couple of days, may require a few weeks to complete your order initiated during the shopping festival. If you make an online payment, and then get-up of waiting for the product to arrive, cancellation can be even more frustrating, as you will have to wait for another couple of weeks to receive the refund. On the other hand, you don’t have to lose your sleep over COD orders as your money is with you.
The GOSF site only hosts a list of participating websites. To save you from getting lost in a sea of options, many price aggregator websites such as MySmartPrice.com have created dedicated sections to feature hand-picked GOSF deals. I prefer MySmartPrice.com over other websites, because it covers multiple categories including mobiles, cameras, laptops, and apparels. Another website worth mentioning is CouponDunia.in. It offers coupon codes for popular websites participating in this shopping festival. From my experience, I can tell that coupons don’t always work. But, what’s the harm in giving it a try?
Websites To Avoid
Google has made it clear that the fulfilment of all the orders placed will be the sole responsibility of the participating websites and Google will not be liable for any service related issue. So keep in mind that some of these sites might be shady. After witnessing how my friends were duped in the last couple of years, I advise readers to stay away from Timtara.com and Naaptol.com
Tips For Google's GOSF (Great Online Shopping Festival) 2014
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