Online books stops & postal service miserable in India

How it all started...
I live in Newyork and wanted to send few books to my family in Bangalore. You think it is as easy as going online and placing an order... no that easy...

And after reading economic pages of newspaper, you would also think that there would be one because it is so called emerging economy at least on economic pages.


Miserable online book stores.
I started by searching for online retail bookstores located in India and was happy to find one and I even placed the order. But the retailer came back the next day saying that he could not find not even a single book among 11. We shoudl all thank the store for not adding to mysery by charging my credit card.

Barnes and Nobles...
Then I ordered same books in Barnes and Nobles(an online retal bookstore located in US) and opted to ship using non-courier service. Price of book was 62$ and shipping cost came to 67$

Dishonest Postal service
Non-courier services use Indian postal service and the books sent by Barnes and Nobles never reached Bangalore, even after waiting for two months. The book stores declared the shipment as lost and refunded my money. Then I had to shipped using FedEx and books reached the destination. Price of book was 62$ and shipping came to 89$

How does globalization help?
Guys, I juuu....st want to buy books online... nothing fancy here.....


Investors are driven by numbers, opinions hardly to by what helps the people; to give you an example if the cell phone market looks good everyone jumps in to it and beat it to death. I know once the online books market becomes popular, investors will lineup like sheeps of a hurd....

In the end

Does economic booms means improvent in ordinary folk's life style or just raise in wealth of call-center-investor?

2 comments:

vieyoung said...

Sorry to read about your pain.
Maybe we ought to start a DHL type service to India?

Anonymous said...

You should try http://www.flipkart.com