Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bech Quikr ... without irritation

Selling your used stuff has been around for ages and selling it online has also been around for some time. It is not that I haven't sold my used stuff online before, but I was always wary of it.

Putting your phone number online and then getting harassed by a barrage of phone calls during your work day and office hours is not exactly a good idea. It's irritating. So I kind of kept away from selling stuff except a few chance occasions. Also, I was never comfortable putting my phone number out in the open on website which anyone can access … I am sure tele-marketeers do regular rounds of these websites to scourge for email ids and mobile numbers.

My 2-3 initial experiences about selling online were good initially when the calls started coming in but soon irritation crept in simply bcos of those callers who would not read the ad completely, ask for info that is already stated and even negotiate when clearly I had clearly stated a non-negotiable price and mentioned it clearly. That's when it started getting on my nerves. And of course, let me not even get started on the crank caller and fake callers who are just looking at getting some cheap thrills at your expense calling you from the still existing PCO phones across the length and breadth of the city.

That was still small things valued at couple of thousand bucks … old mobile phone, digital camera etc. When it came to selling the car, I was simply not prepared to face the hundreds of phone calls with their hundreds of questions (both technical and stupid/unnecessary).
We ended up telling our regular mechanic about our desire to sell it. He came back after a few days with a 'potential' buyer and also told us the best price for our car depending on his own assessment of the 'value' and its current mechanical state. The buyer kind of liked the deal and took it. I personally felt that we were being short-changed but could not think of a way out. Did not want to go through the classifieds route nor the online route where I would be at the receiving end of phone calls. We agreed. Sold the car and got a new one!! (But I could never shake off that feeling that we were indeed short changed on price)

Well … time has passed and the its time to sell the 'new car' which is now a couple of years old and buy something which can now seat my expanded family (a daughter has been added and my Bro getting married). So the old one has to make way for the new bigger car

This time though, I am in no mood to go the 'mechanic way' and decided to look online if there was an alternative. And Quikr (I wrote about them a couple of months ago too) have kind of answered my problem. Now I don't need to provide my mobile number while selling the car. Heck I don't have to even reveal my identity (if I choose to).
I can sell through their mobile app 'Quikr Nxt' and interact with potential buyers through their app itself … without sharing my own contact details. I can chat with the potential buyers, share pictures of the car (or for that matter any product I am selling) and finalize the deal … calling (or sharing number) only when necessary. This makes life easy and takes the irritation out of selling used things.

Technology is making life easier, but frankly, this one was not even about technology, this was simple plain applied common sense and understanding your business and its intricacies and customer behavior and pain-points. Quikr takes the cake here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Long Time No See .. set to change

Well, its not that I haven't posted for months but at the same time, I haven't posted as much as I want to. 


This was a personal blog. I used to write my thoughts and feelings. 


A couple of years ago, I started  recording what I was reading. From a simple list, it expanded to writing a paragraph for each story/book I read and then came the book reviews.


Then I got busy with office work and travel and the personal posts were the first to take the hit followed by my regular posts on reading log.


At some point in time, I was only posting book reviews and then it began to hit that too. I was able to read due to all the travel I was doing but the moment I would sit in front of the laptop to write the review, work would pop up and take priority.


Over the past 8 months, I have (sadly) slipped badly on my book review postings. I currently have a back-log of over 20 book reviews :( 


Yes ... there are books that I read last June-July, who review has not yet reached my blog. I made a commitment and I am going to keep it. Better late than never. 


So I am going to give the book review writing an adrenaline shot and hope that I am able to clear the back-log in the next few months. 


And hope I am able to post non-book-review / personal posts also on the blog and the 'Monthly Reading' will also make a come-back on the blog. 


I have just embraced a big change in my life and I will further create a cascade of positive changes to my life ...   


All izz Well ... All has to be Well ... All will be made Well ...