Gone in seconds! 40k Xiaomi Redmi 1S sold; Flipkart First of not much help

You just need luck to buy a Xiaomi smartphone not Flipkart First and definitely not the Flipkart mobile app.

Written by Debashis Sarkar | New Delhi | Updated: September 4, 2014 5:49 pm
Xiaomi Redmi 1S out of stock The Redmi 1S offers en eye-popping spec sheet at the price of just Rs. 5,999, so, many buyers did not mind spending another Rs. 500 to become Flipkart First subscribers. However, it did not help much.

Xiaomi flash sale always brought more frustration than smiles on consumer’s faces and it occurred again with the Redmi 1S. Out of the 40,000 Xiaomi Redmi 1S units that was available in the first flash sale- 2000 was available to Flipkart First subscribers on September 1 while the remaining 38,000 units was up for sale on September 2.

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Xiaomi’s global vice president Hugo Barra claimed that a total of 40,000 units were sold within 4.2 seconds today in a tweet, However, there are two points to be noted. Firstly, 38,000 units were available today and not 40,000. Secondly, many users pointed out that how can a simply click take 4.2 seconds given the rush.

The Redmi 1S offers an eye-popping spec sheet at the price of just Rs. 5,999, so, many buyers did not mind spending another Rs. 500 to become Flipkart First subscribers to get their hands on the newly launched smartphone. However, despite being Flipkart’s priority customers many of them were not lucky enough to book the Redmi 1S on both the dates. Especially, if they had opted for the priority service just a day before the sale date.

So, being a Flipkart First subscriber to get Xiaomi phones is now a myth. Also, forget using the Flipkart mobile application to book a Xiaomi smartphone as the possibility is very low.

If you really want to buy Xiaomi smartphones, it seems the only way to do so is to stop all your activities on that blessed Tuesday. Connect to a high speed Internet connection through your laptop or desktop only. Log-in two hours before on the Flipkart site. And click ‘buy’ the moment the timer is out. And of course keep praying!

This flash sale has surely brought smiles on the faces of 40,000 Redmi 1S buyers, however, there are countless disappointed buyers still waiting and hoping to get lucky on September 9. The registration is now open and this time there is no early access for Flipkart First subscribers.

For most buyers in the first Redmi sale, Flipkart First service or using mobile app did not help much unless you had registered for the early sale and was among the lucky 2000. So, before opting for Flipkart First, just ask yourself one question- are you doing it just to buy a Xiaomi phone or you really want the service?

Share your Xiaomi shopping experience at the comment section below.

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First Published on: September 2, 2014 5:38 pm
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    dipankar
    Sep 16, 2014 at 8:51 am
    why u jump into d indian market,,if u dont fullfil d demand u just get out,,,,n dont creat the drama of out of stock......u r so so bad
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      Pk
      Oct 21, 2014 at 9:21 am
      Redmi 1s Abhii1902@ovi best price
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        chand
        Sep 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm
        Steps to buy your phone:Go to Redmi 1S page at 2 pm and click on BUY button.Your Redmi 1S will be added to your cart.After adding it to cart, you will have until 11:59 PM on Sep 3, 2014 to complete your order.
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          Name
          Sep 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm
          Got one in a flash thanx to Destiny !
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            Name
            Sep 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm
            new strategy to woo customers
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              Ram
              Sep 3, 2014 at 10:58 am
              Guys I don know..qty..but..I am abale to buy...
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                SOHAN REDDY
                Sep 23, 2014 at 8:42 am
                sincerely I AM HAVING A REDMI 1S IN MY CART ANYONE INTERESTED CAN CONTACT ME ON 8521890888 I WILL SELL IT 6,300 RS ONLY
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                  SOHAN REDDY
                  Sep 30, 2014 at 8:30 am
                  sincerely i am having a redmi 1s in my cart anyone interested can call me on 8521890888 before 2.15pm as today we have to buy before 2.30pm .i will sell it in 6,400 rs only and i have also sold 3 redmi 1s so u all can trust me.
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                    SOHAN REDDY
                    Sep 30, 2014 at 9:12 am
                    sincerely i am having a redmi 1s in my cart anyone interested can call me on 8521890888 before 2.15pm as today we have to buy before 2.30pm .i will sell it in 6,400 rs only and i have also sold 3 redmi 1s so u all can trust me............NOW ITS 2.41 AND IT IS STILL IN MY CART ANYONE INTERESTED CAN CALL ME NOW ALSO....
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                      Raj
                      Sep 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm
                      how is 3g experience in india in this phone?
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                        ajoshdisqus
                        Sep 3, 2014 at 8:47 am
                        I dont think there is any 'evil scheme' pla out by Flipkart. Yes, Xiaomi has chosen a controversial approach of releasing only a limited number of devices in Indian market to create artificial shortage to appeal more to customers, which in my opinion is also a big risk for the company itself. I was able to buy one in yesterday's and I think it was all pure luck.
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                          troll
                          Sep 4, 2014 at 8:51 am
                          is an iphone worth dying for, you prat !
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                            Pawan Kumar
                            Sep 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm
                            Loggedin at nearly 1:55 PM, after elapsing the timer, clicked on the 'buy now' button. The page was static for a while and asked me to reloging after 15 mins. When I relogged in, it was added in my cart. It was not a tough deal.It seems, it is only a hype to pomote the . Who knows the actual count of phones?
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                              Akash Jain
                              Oct 3, 2014 at 10:04 am
                              Asus Zenfone 5 is much better than Xiaomi Redmi in every aspect starting from rich look and great features in such a lower price. It is a y phone.Again Asus is much por b than Xiaomi. Life of Asus cannot be comparable with Xiaomi. Now its your choice.
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                                akash
                                Sep 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm
                                is cod option is available
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                                  aks
                                  Sep 3, 2014 at 3:51 am
                                  But in Asus there Is no 3g only mode.. So its useless for me..
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                                    Amarnath
                                    Sep 2, 2014 at 5:40 pm
                                    Since the launched of MI 3 I could not buy a single piece even I tried to buy at 15k but fail.This Redmi I got one . I logged in at 1:40 pm and refresh again and again to a broad band net cafe . I have desktop and laptop too but my 3g sim airtel dongle could not get it.
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                                      Amit Sarda
                                      Sep 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm
                                      I was successful to buy. Got in my cart with 2 secs. Then you have time to pay until 3sep 11:59 pm. So the catch was to add in your cart. I think 38000 lucky people managed to add in their cart and then status changed to out of stock. So better be prepared with high speed internet connection. Buy now button will appear exactly top of the timer. Start clicking there and you may be lucky if no issues with internet. Best of luck
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                                        Amit
                                        Sep 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm
                                        Grabbed one...Got help online... Opened up 3 browser at a time, firefox, chrome & IE , as clock ticks first (needs to observe very closely the ticks) on firefox amongst three of them, clicked 'buy now' button as soon as it activated, first on FF, then Chrome & last IE first click only grabbed the phone, rest 2 showed that Item is already in cart.Kindly follow online tutorial, and spend some time on thinking that how could I be faster, if you want to get hands on this...
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                                          anand
                                          Sep 3, 2014 at 10:50 am
                                          Hi All i have purchased Redemi 1s yesterday ,the order still not processed yet, and the shipping date mentioned on 17th Sep, don't know why flipkart taking so much time deliver this.............
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                                            anand s
                                            Sep 3, 2014 at 5:18 am
                                            I am a first time lucky guy. Have a mi3 brought down fr china
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