Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cashify - An electronic upheaval

More than new movie releases, we get to see more launches by phone companies almost every week.
The no of iterative versions and sub versions seem to get incremented every time quite rapidly.
Check the Apple iPhone evolution over the past years and you'll be stunned at how every version has changed each year.

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Evolution of Motorola-Lenovo

If not Apple, even if you take the example of Motorola G series, it has progressed like this :

Moto G 1st gen -> Moto X, Moto G 2nd Gen -> Moto G3 -> Moto E, Moto G4 -> Moto G4 Play -> Moto G4+ -> Moto G5 -> Moto G5+ ->Moto G5S -> Moto G5S + . 

God knows what's next ..

Electronics - A deteriorating asset

All of the above happened in just 3-4 years. So your supposedly "new" phone has already lost half of its value thanks to its successors release. If you bought a 4th generation phone for say 12,000 INR(post all the cashbacks offered), the market value would come to 5000-6000INR in less than six months time. You'd actually get to wonder, if the phone was really worth all that effort, while exchanging an old yet sturdy phone for a measly amount of 2000-3000.

While luring a customer in the name of "Exchange" offers, most companies offer rock bottom prices for your phone, irrespective of the flawless condition maintained. These prices vary anywhere between 1500-6000 , based on the brand and how expensive it once was. Rather than the old phone going for a waste, one would probably would look to give it away for any amount you get.

Cashify your Electronics

This was when I discovered a wonderful site called Cashify. is a site that offers payment in exchange for your old mobile. Just tick the right boxes based on the condition of the mobile, age etc and you'll be instantly presented upon with a fair price , predominantly higher than the market price. Once you accept it, specify your details and wait for a free pickup. This becomes an assured sale and your cash is delivered at DoorStep !!

Do remember to add a special coupon code : CLEANCASH to get additional 250 on sale of your gadgets.

Selling my first smart phone

My first smartphone was a Samsung Galaxy Y. Back in those days, when you were a Samsung galaxy user, it was a special thing. People thought you were a gadget freak as we ventured the very first steps in the smartphone era. Vera early days when Samsung ruled the roose, much before the likes of Lenovo, Micromax or Vivo came into the picture.

Samsung Galaxy Y

After about 2-3 years the phone began to slow down considerably and finally decided it was time to upgrade to a better phone. My next phone I had in mine was an Asus Zenfone 5. Having decided to get a new one, I felt the old Samsung phone was no longer needed and decided to sell. Having bought the phone for 6000 a couple of years back, I atleast expected a price of 1500-2000 INR. But when I took it to the nearby phone shop, they took the phone a look and said we can give you 500rs at the most. If you feel it's too less, please drop your phone in the E-Waste Box.

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I could't believe my ears and realized the phone is as good as with me, than discarding it in a waste box. Being my first smartphone, it had some sentimental value and realized I should either keep it with me forever or sell at a decent price ( Much before the days of Cashify ). And I still have it !!

So why Cashify?

What started off as a simple discovery of a new website, turned out to be a major bookmark in my browser, given the things Cashify does.

Here's a short list: 

Cash for an old Gadget 

We always felt an electronic gadget is a deteriorating asset that'll eventually have no value. It is true in a lot of cases, but we don't realize that there's quite a demand for a relatively old gadget/ used device for those who can't afford a brand new one. Cashify is one such site that gets you the best deal possible in the market and instantly makes a sale through solid cash, right at the doorstep. All you have to do is answer a series of 2-3 questios about the condition of your mobile/laptop, the brand, the age ad wear&tear. The amount in the screen is what you get. Selling an old gadget was never simpler and straightforward.

Not just mobile or laptop, but you can even sell your tablet, playstation/XBOX or  even TV for a nice deal. You no longer need to wait for the exchange offers to come in the E-commerce sites.

The whole process in flat 60 seconds !

Le2 Price Estimate

Estimate for my Le2 : Having owned a Le2 phone for the past 1.5 years, I did a mini test to check for the price . I was quite surprised to see the price quoted as 6000, as this was way more than what was quoted in online site (nearly 2500 more than what others mentioned for an exchange price).

Mobile Repairs

The biggest fear we have for our mobiles is when it goes out of orer, especially after warranty period. It's as if magically the phone stops working after 12 months or even worse crack the screen by mistakingly dropping it down. So what do you do ? Head to the "Official" service centre and you get a repair quote of almost half the price of the new phone.

When it comes to Apple, it's much worse. There's no question of "repair" in the Apple Store, and they'll simply offer you a brand new phone for full price of course. You either bear the full brunt or forced to live with a broken device, not knowing other options.

So Cashify you helps you to deal just that. Select your device and the problem you are facing .

They'll have the phone picked up at your doorstep (No more waiting in queues at service centres) and it'll be fixed at the fraction of the price.

Anti Theft - Protecting your phone through Cashify

A very smart feature of the Cashify App. Once you install it, have it registered with your mobile no and email id. Once this is done, the app will give you a remote access to wipe / track your phone on the web. You can remotely sound an alarm, wipe out all the data , send a message or lock the device, all through the web.. This is a brilliant feature and ideally should be something every mobile manufacturer included as a built-in.

For more information, do check out the below video

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Super Life - Embracing Greener Changes

Delhi, the national capital of India has been in the news for almost quite a while, thanks to its highest pollution level higher than any other city in the county. Be it smoke, smog or pollution, Delhi is notoriously infamous for this and struggling to improve its conditions. Several flights have been delayed because of this and the no of diseases, people have contracted has shot up to several thousands. Masks and air pollution devices have been quite common in the city, as the PM 2.5 levels has gone through the roof.

So much so, that the supreme court decided to ban fireworks and crackers this Diwali season, bringing a huge shock to its citizens. It couldn't come at a bad time for the Delhi folks, as it adds further to their woes.


Key Initiatives For the Capital

However, there has been quite a number of initiatives done by several people, to boost the city as a whole, economy wise as well as an attempt to make this once beautiful city back to its old state again. One such company that has led these initiatives is Vodafone. A major network player , with a very strong customer base , they have been one of the top networks in the world as well. Having a customer base on 1.2 crores in the Delhi - NCR region alone, they have played a pivotal role in the telecommunications industry.

Being the national capital, the efforts done to reduce this scale of population is quite high. A recent order by the Supreme court to ban crackers , in an attempt to reduce the pollution is a major step towards this cause. Being one of the most populated cities in the country, only next to Mumbai, it is critical that any step taken towards the environment is done on a rapid pace.

Impact of Environmental Pollution

This environment pollution can have adverse effects in several direct and indirect ways.
These include : 

  • Diseases like lung disorder, asthma, tuberculosis, wheezing and several other breathing related issues would frequently occur.
  • Skin and Lung Cancer is a high possibility, as the level of dust increase.
  • The national capital would lose its sheen as a prime tourist spot. Several other countries would advise against traveling here, thanks to sharp pollution levels.
  • Delays in transport options such as flights, trains etc.
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Initiatives by Vodafone

However Vodafone, among other companies has led some key initiatives to battle this. Here are some key corporate social responsibility initiatives put forward by them:

  • Development of start ups : 

They helped startups during their incubation stage by giving them Vodafone products that help them in their business in the initial days. These products, given for free are to the tune of Rs. 2,00,000. 
Some of the major successful included are Oyo Rooms and Zomato.

  • Free Wifi Zones in Delhi NCR  : 

There are more than 120 such hotspots across Delhi & NCR such as DLF Mall of India, Fortis Hospital, Delhi Haat, Khan Market, Airport, etc , provided for free by Vodafone.

  • Air Purifying & Digital Wifi Bus Shelters

Vodafone created the first Air-Purifying bus shelter in Delhi. People could now breathe non-polluted air while waiting for a bus. This was taken once the air pollution level caused the threshold limits. 

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Shortly after this, Vodafone created the first Wi-Fi bus shelter in Gurgaon to take another step towards digitizing Delhi & NCR.  Free Wifi can be accessed by anyone for 20 minutes , irrespective of which network you belong to.

  • A Green Diwali Promise

Given the ban on firecrackers by Supreme Court, Vodafone has offered a green alternative to the problem faced by the people. Vodafone is offering Super Crackers available at their 52 Vodafone stores from 16th – 19th Oct in Delhi . These Super crackers are filled with eco-friendly plant seeds. All one needs to do is plant it and let the plant bloom. To me, this is one beautiful way to celebrate the joyous occasion of Diwali . 

Thanks to their wonderful service and collective initiatives, it's no wonder Vodafone receives a customer appreciation every 30 seconds in Delhi and NCR

Being a Vodafone customer for the past 10 years, I can definitely say they are one of the best and most transparent from all other networks I have encountered so far. #CelebratingSuper

For more information about Vodafone and network tariff details, do check their site.

An Electronic Cleanup through Cashify

I don't really know when I stopped counting or tracking how often the no of electronic devices I seemed to purchase or upgrade in a year. I take a quick look around my room and I find stacks of hard disks, keyboards, mobile phones, power banks, laptops (Personal/official) ,desktop and the innumerable mobile chargers.

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As new technology streams into the market, the configuration and portability of old devices into the new ones seems obsolete. This poses a major challenge as you no longer find a use for them. One such example was an expensive USB 2.0 cable that I bought in a store a year back. The cable was supposed to be unbreakable , will last for two years minimum and had a nice color to it as well. However barely six months later, most of my recently bought mobile phones are now a USB-C variety, and therefore the cable is lying completely unused and literally gone for a waste.

The innumerable Diwali and other festival sales online offered me a 20% instant discount on mobiles and I couldn't really resist buying some of the most popular models of the market. This has only led to additional clutter in my room and there wasn't a single day , where I felt the immediate need to dispose of my clutter , at a fairly decent market price.

An unrequited Love for Apple

I have always been a fan of Apple devices and always wanted to own one. However, given the price of an apple mobile phone , compared to an Android phone, the budget always made me stay away from the brand. After seeing the new releases and the rave reviews, I felt it's time I finally get one and went online to see if I can buy a second hand or a refurbished model for roughly half price.

My hunt began store after see to select the best model ( Probably an iPhone 7) with a dual camera feature and I expected a price of 20-25K , given there was an original price reduction in the market. In one such site, I found a seller in my same city selling for just 18K .

The description of mobile condition read:
"iPhone 7, 64GB, Jet Black, almost like new, no scratches and in proper condition. Six months old. Quoted price : 20K (but negotiable)."

Hoping this could be the real deal and a six month old phone should be as good as new, I quickly messaged the seller for his contact no. He replied within minutes and I arranged a meeting with him the very next day. We negotiated on the price and finally settled on 18,000 INR, which seemed to be a dream come true price for me.

He said he's also a mobile dealer and hence asked me to in one of those electronic bazaars, in some alley. I grew a little suspicious, but felt confident having seen the pictures online. I was telling myself, that it would be a good deal and shouldn't go otherwise

I finally met up with the person and he seemed like a fairly genuine guy in person. He asked me for the money upfront and said he'll bring the phone from inside. I hesitated a bit and said , let me check the phone and once it's fine, I'll hand over the cash. He mumbled beneath his breath, went inside and retrieved the phone and came back. To my surprise it was not "Jet Black" as per the original description and it looked "Greyish black". I questioned him and he said under the dim lights in the store, it would look like that only and in fact it's an Imported piece from Dubai. So the colors may vary a bit. I checked the phone for the surface and sleekness etc. The phone was fine, but it lacked the dual camera in the rear. I questioned him again, for which he replied that the flash light had the second camera inbuilt and it was a recent development in new phones. This to me raised alarms

I turned around the phone and saw the back surface. The guy had put a very shiny cover as well, which was really attractive. I tried removing the cover , for which he objected saying, you shouldn't remove the back cover often as it may damage it. I said , at least for inspection I need to have it removed. I forcefully removed the cover and then to my shock, I found that the apple logo behind was actually a sticker and it wasn't an apple device after all. It was a pathetic excuse for a cheap Chinese duplicate and I gave back the phone to him and ran from him as far as possible.

Thankfully I managed to escape and save my hard earned money. After this I decided to go for a brand new device , but this time exchanging my device. So now I turned out to be a seller , quoted a very reasonable price ( cheaper than the market rate ) . I was flooded with more than 50 calls / day and at one point I was forced to switch off my mobile and take down my listing.

I finally arrived at a price of 10,000 for my beautiful Android device which a buyer graciously accepted without any complaints. In fact he called up to say how good the condition of the phone was and said he couldn't have found a better deal elsewhere.

I looked back just a week earlier to recollect my incredible and funny experience of getting almost conned because of this.

Cashify your Device

Only after this experience , I discovered an amazing website that helps you to sell your old electronic devices like mobiles and laptops at incredible prices , better than market rates. It's called Cashify and the whole process is super easy. Just post your device up for sale , get an Instant Quote, be Assured of a Sale, get a hassle free Doorstep Pickup and also On spot payment for your old devices.

While using Cashify, do use coupon code 'CLEANCASH' and you , as my reader will get an additional Rs.250 on the sale of your gadgets. 

So start your #CleanUpCashOut today !

Friday, October 13, 2017

Offline or Online Shopping : A Perennial Debate

The week of Diwali is here and the whole country couldn't have been more excited. The festival of lights and sound can bring a special cheer to the millions of people, as they get to celebrate it with friends and loved ones. The celebration not only involves bursting a whole lot of crackers or eating sweets but also includes a lot of shopping. Diwali is yet another big occasion where one gets to buy new clothes for their family and friends. You could probably see the increased no of courier guys roaming around the streets, delivering stuff through online shopping sites.

The big gainers during this season are the retailers, both online and offline who go on a major discount sale spree to attract people. Especially in the last few years, the presence of online ecommerce sites esp related to fashion has become a big hit. Be it boots or shoes or jeans, it's mostly bought online

There are some people who are sworn loyal to a few stores and never buy anywhere else. There are some friends who love the smell of a book, touch of a cloth, try it on and then only consider buying it and completely dread the online experience. However a majority is moving to the online space having found impressive deals and better convenience. The online sites are ensuring repeat visits happen by sending out frequent communications and possibilities of 'Big Billion' day type of deals. Every other research company only expects this trend to grow even big.

If you wonder , why the sudden boom in the online retail space, here are some of the reasons.

Advantages of shopping for fashion products online:

  • Access to national brands :  Not all Tier 2 or Tier 3 cities would have showrooms . An online site on the other hand can deliver to any part of the country in a matter of days, irrespective of how remote it is. Imagine purchasing a GAP Jeans or a Mac Lipstick or Boots sitting out of a small village in India.

  • Price Difference : Due to the absence of physical stores and other infrastructure cost, the cost difference is passed on to the customer in terms of discounts, cashbacks etc.
  • Varieties : Most of the times when you shop in a physical store, you end up disappointed , not getting the right colour or size. In online, you can get almost every combination and even if out of stock, it sends you a reminder once its available.
  • Time saving :  More than anything, access to the products at the click of a button than being stuck in traffic, haggling for parking space and finally waiting in long queues to get your bill done. Compared to a one minute checkout with a cash on delivery option too.
  • Changed your mind? Return it !! :  We always tend to change our mind or opinion on everthing, including the things we bought. But unfortunately we cant return things we bought in physical stores unless its a big defective piece. But online we get to return it for so many reasons, sometimes you don't even need a reason to exchange.

Customization & Personalization of Shopping Apps : was primarily the first guys to go for this approach in online shopping, the "App way". A method by which they took their whole presence in an app than a standard website. The app offered customization of products as well as offered personalized offers based on user preferences and buying behaviour. The control of the shopping and buying experience could be fully monitored or controlled by Myntra which added as a great benefit too. However due to public demand to restore the website, they brought back the website and seem to do well now in all formats.

I myself have tried my luck in their Big Sale to buy items at 90% or 80% discount but most of time get to be a little late to the party

What is your biggest purchase this Big billion day / Diwali Sale? and where is your Diwali shopping going to be : Online or Offline?

Wish all my readers a Happy Diwali !!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Vikings Workout Plan

Having seen the big warriors and soldiers in Tv shows & Movies like 300 , Vikings , Game of Thrones , Gladiator etc, you would have wondered how do I get fit like them. A common question is whether they are super humans or even ordinary people aim to attain such levels of fitness. How do i gain access to fitness schedules like the Vikings workout ? Read on...

Vikings Workout Plan

 Some of the common questions that may arise includes:
  • Whether you have to undergo excess amount of training?
  • Do I require a premium personal gym trainer ?
  • Is it mandatory to workout in gyms?
  • Should i necesarily consume imported protein supplements?
  • Should I subscribe to some premium programs to get the full diet/workout schedules 
  • Can I get fit , even if I'm just a vegetarian 
Fitness, is still a relatively lesser known subject with low awareness or low enthusiasm to be fit and lead a healthy life. With irregular meal consumptions, erratic sleep schedules, a 9 hour desk job, people only complain about no time to go to a gym or join a fitness class. This to me, is one of the biggest excuses anyone will give , if they don't have the motivation to do something.

You can get fit and do a variety of exercises , staying at home itself in the own comfort of your room. Of course gyms and trainers help immensely in a concentrated workout for each body part and shows real development. But for the below workout schedule, you can start now immediately. 

Vikings Workout

Called the "Vikings Workout", it's a set of 10 basic exercises that should be done for exactly 10 minutes . Each exercise is done exactly for 1 minute, followed by the next without even a second for break. 

Pre Requisites: Just stretch yourself for 5 minutes, get into comfortable clothes (tracks and t-shirts preferably).

Here’s the list of 10 exercises of Vikings Workout

1.     Jump squats

2.     Plank to push up

3.     Jab – cross punches

4.     Mountain climbers

5.     Crunches

6.     Burpees

7.     Knee kicks

8.     Warm walks

9.     Uppercut punches

10.  Side plank

Here's a video at Gold's Gym, where we tried to do the Vikings workout without a break :)

The above Vikings workout schedule was developed as a part of the latest show in AXN called Vikings – The Heroes of Nords Mythology.

Vikings will air on AXN from season 1 to 4, followed by season 5, which will be timed with the international launch in December. It is now being aired in India at 10 P.M., Monday to Friday.