On 12th August late afternoon (Friday) I ordered 11 books from Flipkart and have just received the first batch comprising of 3 books, so here is my initial impression of the shopping experience at Flipkart, will follow this up with a proper full review later on.
For starters, selecting and finding books on Flipkart was quite easy and prices were either the lowest or comparative to what I could find on other shopping sites. Add this to free shipping for orders over Rs 100, and the deal just gets sweeter.
Even though I had ordered books on Friday late afternoon (3:30pm to be precise) and at the start of an extended weekend (Monday, August 15th is national holiday) and due to that I wasn’t expecting them to start shipping books soon, however I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they had dispatched three books by Friday night itself from Kolkata.
These books arrived at their facility in Delhi on Saturday and were delivered today afternoon at my home, by their own deliveryman, wearing Flipkart shirt and carrying Flipkart bag!
This is the first time I have seen a shopping site in India use its own deliverymen, instead of relying on the courier companies and I have purchased products from majority of major online shopping sites in India and till date have always seen them engage the services of courier companies, instead of establishing their own delivery network!
Kudos to Flipkart for this, hopefully rest of the books will arrive soon.
For those wondering, here is a list of books I had ordered from Flipkart:
Gitanjali – Rabindra Nath Tagore
2 States: The Story Of My Marriage – Chetan Bhagat
Five Point Someone: What Not To Do At IIT – Chetan Bhagat
Four Great American Classics – Bantam Doubleday Dell, Stephen Crane, Mark Twain
Life Is What You Make It – Preeti Shenoy
The Story Of My Experiments With Truth – M. K. Gandhi
The English Teacher – R. K Narayan
Crime And Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Review of these books will be posted soon Scribbles of Soul.
Update: Received 7 more books today, just one remains to be delivered.