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Freedom 251? Boy Grabs an iPhone 5S for Rs 68 from Snapdeal

Snapdeal not only had to sell an iPhone 5S for Rs 68, but also paid a penalty of Rs 2000 to Nikhil Bansal for denying him the discount in the first place.

Published: 18th February 2016 09:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2016 06:04 PM   |  A+A-

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The gold version of the iPhone 5S is displayed at an Apple store on September 20, 2013 | AFP

There have been times when consumers received bricks instead of smartphones from e-commerce websites. But in this extremely rare case, a student from Punjab university bought an iPhone 5S from Snapdeal for just Rs 68.

Even as social media were agog over the online sale of the so-called cheapest smartphone Freedom 251, Nikhil Bansal, an engineering student, managed to grab an iPhone at a discount of 99.7%.

The original cost of the gold iPhone 5S on Snapdeal was Rs 28,999, which after discount came down to Rs 68. But apparently the mentioned discount was a technical error.

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Nikhil booked the phone on Feb. 7 and filed a case in a consumer court in Sangrur district of Punjab when the e-commerce website failed to deliver the product. His allegation was that Snapdeal refused to give him the 99.7 per cent discount.

If you think Nikhil is a lucky chap, wait until you know what the court ordered Snapdeal to do.

The court not only made Snapdeal sell the product for Rs 68, but also to pay a penalty of Rs 2000 to Nikhil for denying him the discount deal.

When Snapdeal challenged the court’s verdict in a higher forum, it ended up in more pain for the e-commerce giant. Snapdeal lost there too and had to pay Rs 10,000 as fine to close the case.

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