When it comes to online shopping, Amazon.in and Flipkart.com are some of the first stores that comes to one’s mind. The likes of Paytm, also popular for its mobile wallet services, have been trying to woo buyers with cashback schemes. Their ongoing big cashback sale (22-24 November) is one of their first major shopping events on similar lines as shopping festivals on Amazon and Flipkart.
The cashback sale is very different from direct discounts, exchange offers, or cashbacks on select debit or credit cards offered by Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal from time to time. In Paytm’s cashback sale, a user can save up to Rs10,000 on a product, but the reduced amount will not be credited to the user’s bank account or as a discount at the time of paying, but will be credited to the user’s Paytm wallet. Buyers can use this amount later for buying more gadgets, sending money to others or paying bills.
Though we are seeing a lot of new gadgets for the first time, don’t get your hopes high as in most cases the cashback amount is paltry and in some cases even after applying one of the cashback codes the device still costs slightly lesser on Amazon or Flipkart. For example in one of the deals on Sony PlayStation 4 bundled with Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us (priced at Rs 34,990), a buyer can save Rs4,000 through cashback, while on Amazon.in, the same device is selling at Rs30,019 after discount. Similarly, LG’s 40-inch Ultra HD TV LG 40UF670T, priced at Rs 72,890 on Paytm comes with a cashback offer of Rs 9,999. Even after cashback, the price is higher than the price of the same device on Flipkart.com, where you can get it for Rs58,990 after direct discount.
Nevertheless, here are some gadget deals that are actually worth checking out.
Apple iPhone 7 (32GB)
Rs 60,000 (cashback of Rs 8,000)
If you are planning on buying a compact smartphone and want only the latest, you should try the iPhone 7. Despite the metal finish, the phone weighs just 139g. The 4.7-iunh Retina display ha s resolution of 1,334x750 and supports 3D touch gesture. It runs on Apple powerful A10 Fusion chip and packs in a 1,960mAh battery. The phone offers an improved 12-megapixel camera and comes in matte black, jet-black, gold and rose gold colour variants.
Asus ZenFone 3
Price: Rs 21,975 (cashback of Rs 2,198)
This is a mid-range variant of Asus ZenFone 3. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor paired with 3GB RAM. It provides 32GB of internal storage and can take in microSD cards up to 128GB. It is also one of the best looking mid-range smartphones with a shiny metal finish. The 5.2-inch full HD display is perfect for users looking for the right balance between big screen and small screen phones. It runs Android 6.0 with a slightly overwhelming Zen UI over it.
Price: Rs 12,960 (cashback of Rs 1,555)
A solid option for buyers looking for a smartphone around Rs 10,000, Yu Yunicorn is a powerful device driven by MediaTek’s Helio X10 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. It offers 32GB of internal storage and comes with dual SIM slots. It runs Android 5.1 with an almost plain version of Android with slight customisations. One of the features Around YU is a unique one-stop solution for all your shopping, food, travel and score updates. The phone packs in 4,000mAh battery that easily last about 2 days.
Apple Macbook Air MJVG2HN/A
Price: Rs 76,700 (cashback of Rs 9,999)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3- inch is one of the best looking ultra thin metal clad laptops you can but right now. It weighs just 1.3kg which makes it ideal for professionals on move. This is the 256GB SSD variant which is adequate in terms of storage. It runs on Intel’s 5th gen Core i5 processor with 4GB RAM and Intel HD graphics 6000. The display has a resolution of 1,440x900p. Despite the sleek profile, it offers two USB 3.0 ports, and supports HDMI through adapter.
Samsung UA32K5570AU LED TV
Price: Rs 38,000 (cashback of Rs 5,700)
Samsung’s new smart TV is ideal for users looking for Smart TV that can fit into bedrooms comfortably. The 32-inch LED display is based on Samsung’s HyperReal picture engine and offers a screen resolution of 1,920x1,080 and It comes with two 10W speakers powered by Digital Dolby plus audio technology. For connectivity, it has a three HDMI and 2 USB ports and supports WiFi and Bluetooth.