It’s that time of the year when e-commerce brands will have their their annual mega sales. One of the most sought-after products in these sales by Amazon, Flipkart etc are smartphones. With e-commerce websites offering lucrative discounts, buybacks and exchange offers that buyers would otherwise not get while shopping from brick-and-mortar stores. So, if you are looking forward to buy a new smartphone from e-commerce websites, here are 10 things you should keep in mind.
10 things not to miss while buying a smartphone online
Check for difference in prices
Different websites tend to sell the same smartphone at different prices, unless and until there is an exclusive partnership between an e-commerce website and smartphone brand. So, check for prices of the smartphone that you wish to buy on popular e-commerce websites like Amazon.in, Flipkart, Paytm, Tata Cliq and others.
Read seller reviews and check for ratings
Just because a smartphone is being sold on Amazon.in or Flipkart doesn’t mean they are the official sellers. Major e-commerce players allow many third-party sellers to sell products on their platforms. So, always check for seller reviews and select the right seller before buying a phone.
Check whether the smartphone sold is new or refurbished
E-commerce players have also started to sell refurbished or used smartphones together with new model. Occasionally, lower prices can attract you to hit the buy button instantly but be sure to check whether the device you are buying is brand new or is refurbished.
Check for actual warranty details before buying
Before deciding to buy a new smartphone online, be sure to check for warranty details and duration on accessories and the handset itself. Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully.
Scout for the best offer and choose wisely
E-commerce websites tend to provide multiple offers on a same device in partnership with different banks. So, scout through all the offers and decide the right one for you before you buy.
Be sure of the delivery time
Different sellers have different delivery times of a particular smartphone depending on the demand and availability. Also, there are options for faster paid delivery. So, check out and know the best delivery time for your smartphone. Most e-commerce websites also offer the option to customise the time as per your schedule.
Verify specification from official websites
Specifications of smartphones can be a bit tricky and there are times when e-commerce websites can get the product details wrong. Always verify the specifications of the smartphone that you are buying with the official website of the brand.
Look for refund/return policies
Before you buy, always read the terms and condition for returning the smartphone and also the refund policy of a particular e-commerce website to avoid any discrepancies later.
Exchange offers can be a great deal sometimes
Most e-commerce website offer exchange deals for latest smartphones. While it is not always that these deals are lucrative but sometime the exchange deals are totally worth it. However, lookout for the terms and conditions of exchange and return.
Check for reviews and after sales service
Before buying any particular phone, read verified reviews of users and also go through the list of after sales service centres and policy of the company. There are times when warranty doesn’t cover entire cost of repair, so, be sure to know the policy beforehand………….