Sunday, 5 April 2015

The Heart-touching Deal on Snapdeal!

Here is my story which made me realize the benefits and pleasures of buying furniture online through Snapdeal )

I was lying in the sofa watching India-Pak one-dayer on a lazy Sunday afternoon, when my wife started nagging me “ Let’s go shop for a new sofa; you have been procrastinating it for too long”.

Reluctantly, I dragged myself up for going to the shopping mall located 15 km away in the outskirts, only to avoid further nags from her.

It took us two hours to negotiate the city roads packed with cars- bumper to bumper. When we entered, we found the mall packed with people- bum to bum, if I can call it.

We made our way through the crowd to the furniture shop only to find that was hardly anyone there to pay attention to us.

Somehow I caught attention of one guy trying to slip away upon seeing us approach and explained our requirement “Sofa Set- one three-seater plus two single-seaters, reclining, and with light brown coloured upholstery” I told.

He looked around and said “Sir choose any one of these” pointing to barely a few, that too unattractive pieces kept there.

“But there isn’t a light brown one here” protested my wife.
“Yes ma’am, the colour you want isn’t here”, he informed. “You may have to choose from among these only, or you have to come back after a week”.

So we came out. After such an exhausting trip, preparing dinner at home wasn't in my wife’s agenda; so we headed to Pizza-hut to pack Rs two Thousand worth of eatables for us and children. I mentally added the amount to the sofa budget I had in my mind.

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Next Sunday, it was  Sushant Singh Rajput's turn to show his tricks as Byomkesh Bakshi without me watching these on TV. We reached to the same shop. The salesperson was reluctant to recognize us. Nevertheless, we moved closer to a sofa-set, with a colour which could be called a distant cousin of light brown.

But my wife gave a closer look and said “This is not reclining one; and the upholstery doesn't seem to be good.”

We tried looking around to find a suitable one for us, but there were hardly any choices.

Upon my wife’s insistence, we headed for another furniture shop claiming to be an “exotic” one. The experience there was less “exotic” and more “exhausting”. The only hope we got there was that if we come next week, they might have a light brown reclining sofa set.

My wife was too exhausted to think about cooking. So the dinner with family (Rs three and a half thousand) was at Mourya that night.

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Third Sunday, I missed my favorite “Cars and Bikes show” on NDTV for going to the shop. However, to our relief there was a brown coloured recliner available there. I started asking the sales guy about the exact size, specification, type of wood and the quality of upholstery, just to be sure. After all, the money I was planning to spend was hard earned by me, and hard saved by my wife. 

The sales guy was as clueless about the sofa as my wife is about bikes and I am about a particular Saas-bahu serial.

Still, eager to close the deal I moved to the payment counter and handed over my credit card for them to swipe. “Sorry Sir, today we having some problem with card-payments. Please pay cash.” “And in case you want to know, there is an ATM half a Kilometer from here.”

It took another half hour for me to come back and close the transaction. We headed home with me dreaming of lying on a new sofa watching the second India-Pakistan clash.
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Next morning, I received a call from the furniture shop- "Sir you had bought a sofa yesterday. Actually sir, while preparing for your delivery, we discovered that one of the single-seaters has a broken leg. Looks like we had missed noticing it. Sorry sir, but don’t worry, we will give you full refund. You have to just come here and take it.”

So I went again 15 Kilometers in the evening to take back my money. Although I gave the guys there a piece of my mind, yet peace was nowhere near my mind.

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The next evening, I was lazing out on the sofa (still the old one, unfortunately) fiddling with my ipad. It was then that the Snapdeal  website caught my attention. 

Image Courtesy Snapdeal
As I browsed through the online catalogs of various furniture, I couldn't resist but calling out for my wife. She came and we started browsing together through an uncountable number of options for our brown coloured, recline-able sofa-set.

And to my pleasure, the catalog contained not only the dimensional and design detail for each item, but the detailed specifications of each component’s material too; like the wood, the upholstery, the filling etc. The three dimensional photographs and the product videos gave us a virtual-real experience of feeling the products just like in a shop.

Image Courtesy Snapdeal
My wife, with her face lit-up was like a “Kid in the Candy Shop”. She hardly found any reason to reject any of the twenty plus brown coloured sofas she came across on the page. With my eye’s corner, I kept glancing at the prices displayed, which to my surprise were much lesser than the prices we saw at the shop, considering the discounts available.

I ordered an elegant looking sofa-set in her favorite colour which exactly matched her requirements, that too at two-third of the price at shop. The online payment process was swift and smooth without any hassles. I got some reward points too for me on my credit-card.

Needless to tell that my wife cooked my favorite dish for the dinner that night.

All I can say that we had a heart touching Dil Ki Deal of our life that day, made on Snapdeal.

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We received our sofa-set in a couple of days and I am delighted to tell you that now I my wife watches her favourite channels everyday comfortably crouched in it.

However, the story doesn't end here. Over the days that followed, my wife- and me too sometimes- surfed the website over cups of coffee, browsing various catalogs of coffee table, dressing table, bed, wardrobe and book-shelf needed at our home. Many of these masterpieces now decorate our house.

Image Courtesy Snapdeal
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My ipad now acts like a genie, it produces easy-chairs, decorative lamps, bed-sheets, curtains, towels, blankets, carpets, kitchen-tools and cookware out of nowhere at the click of mouse, and at very reasonable price.

Images Courtesy Snapdeal

“How I wish I had chosen a wife online rather than the offline mode" I told my wife one day. She looked at me and said !@##@………..(censored)

 And these are the heart touching Dil Ki deals, made on Snapdeal.

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