The exact same product is available at a competitor's website for 2/3rd the price at IPS!!
The above product is just an example. Almost all products are cheaper at the other website than IPS. (This is when comparing the exact same product with the same Brand and Model number.)
Please don't take this as a complaint but as a suggestion to discover opportunities to make your supply-chain more efficient and adjust your price-points as per your competitors.
PS: For people from Bombay, the prices are the cheapest (for exactly same branded products) at Kurla wholesale market as compared to almost all online stores. So if you have a relatively long shopping list (so the savings per item add up to a LOT), you may be better off driving to Kurla than buying online. (Obviously, be prepared to haggle and do research the approximate price on these online stores.)
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Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:05 pm Post subject: Re: High Prices on India Pet Store
I totally Agree with you. ShopAtSimba is an absolutely good vendor.
I recently brought a boyu ef-05 filter from them. I was updated by an e-mail the instant the product was billed-->registered-->sent and then received by me.
Including the shipment number was sent with the e-mail. I could clearly track where my product is using the tracking number.
I also received a laptop cooler pad as a compliment for being a first time buyer from them.....
The best part is that they called me back after a week or so to confirm if the product was received in good condition along and if it is working fine....:)
An absolute pleasure to have dealt with ShopAtSimba..........:)
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:43 pm Post subject: Re: High Prices on India Pet Store
I am not sure if you have read any of their clauses before you make the prices comparison.
Just an inctercept from one of their clauses.
"12. Simba Shopping Pvt Ltd represents itself only as booking agent to facilitate transactions between the buyers and sellers through online web store for various wholesale dealers, suppliers, vendors, trading organisations, manufacturers and other organizations. Simba Shopping Pvt Ltd shall in no way be responsible for any quality of product, damages, losses, expenses and/or taxes incurred by Customers via the products purchased on our online store. In no event shall Simba Shopping Pvt Ltd, its directors, officials, representatives and employees be liable for any damages relating to products sold through its various platforms. "
So if your product is not received by you or damaged after they have dispatched they will not be responsible, which means no insurance in place. Plus their return policy if you return a product to them and you pay by credit card, they will hold back 3% of the amount. No payment gateway holds fees back incase a refund is processed.
Also have you checked the prices on Tetra bits there, 2/3rd difference between us and them.
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:10 pm Post subject: Re: High Prices on India Pet Store
Prices wars are a good thing for any capitalist system .. Ensures that any inefficiencies in the supply chain and production process are eliminated!
Thanks for highlighting the difference in price for Tetrabits. If I choose to buy that product online (rather than any of the cheaper options at Bombay's stores), I will choose IPS over ShopAtSimba.
As for the "insurance" part, I guess it boils down to the preferences of the buyer and the actual value of the products.
For instance: a Boyu filter which is going to cost Rs. 325 bucks at Site 1 and Rs.500 (with insurance) at Site 2, whether or not it's worth paying Rs. 175 (or over 50% of the price of the product) for "Insurance" is going a decision left on personal preference.
I wonder if it will be a good idea to have an "Opt out" option on IndiaPetStore for this Insurance scheme.
Thanks for your response,
Please note: I have edited the post on the sponsored forum and I am not going to continue this discussion as I am sure sponsored forums are a very valuable source of resources for IAH.
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:46 pm Post subject: Re: High Prices on India Pet Store
IPS also provides a pretty large range of options to choose from (im talking about only filters), compared to shopatsimba. Shopatsimba only has Boyu, a brand I usually stay away from. And if im still buying a boyu, it is widely available at LFSs all over for cheaper. Yes, if I want to buy a Boyu online, I will buy from Shopatsimba.com.
Insurance becomes pretty important when shopping for the slightly more expensive & delicate stuff like metal Halide Bulbs. Is there any other site which provides insurance?
Btw, regarding tetrabits, the cheaper options from Kurla/crawford et al are really scary. Im paranoid of duplicates, and I need a large tetrabit can every 45 days. The market is flooded with duplicates. There was one shop that seemed to have an original can. The moment i blurted out ' this looks like an original, all other shops seemed to have duplicates', he hiked the price by 100 bucks outright, refusing to reduce it again. Crazy!
Get in touch with any other IAH member (who has more experience than me) to confirm the quality and authenticity of goods there. This place is the source for all the fish food and "hardware" requirements for my tanks.
If you have a good relationship with the guys at Aakar, they will also quote a decent price. Obviously, you will have to haggle.
PS: I plan to find some time to write up a detailed post for Kurla Market with recommendations. Any input from Yogesh, you and other IAH members from Bombay will be very helpful.
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:04 pm Post subject: Re: High Prices on India Pet Store
Thanks for that contact sid. Ill visit that place the next time im there. A detailed post for the Kurla market would really be helpful for the Mumbai guys, considering the huge number of shops out there. Ill try to chip in whatever little I can.
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