Flipkart is showcasing a huge banner for the sale of OnePlus 3 smartphone on its homepage which grabbed many eyeballs and even OnePlus CEO surprised and asked Flipkart co-founder, Sachin Bansal for an explanation. As per the banner, Flipkart is going to sell OnePlus 3 smartphone during the Big Shopping Days sale.
Interestingly, the smartphone is coming with a huge discounted price. The banner contained “Rs 1_,999” price tag which indicates that the phone will be available under Rs 20,000. The OnePlus 3 smartphone is right now selling at a price of Rs 27,999 on Amazon India.
As we know, the Chinese OEM, OnePlus exclusively sells its smartphones in the country via Amazon India. OnePlus is working with Amazon right from its debut in India and have a good relationship through this tie-up. Hence, the OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei questioned the Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal by posting a tweet “What’s this? We’re exclusive with Amazon.” As of now, Bansal or Flipkart has not responded to Pei’s tweet yet.
According to a PhoneRadar report, the import cost of the OnePlus 3 smartphone in India is Rs 22,744 and additional taxes are imposed on it later on. How Flipkart is managing the same smartphone below Rs 20,000 is doubtful as it is imported at a price over Rs 20,000. The company is either planning to sell new phones by bearing a loss or else procuring refurbished units for its sale.
Even if Flipkart wishing to sell refurbished OnePlus 3 smartphones, the Amazon India listing for the same refurbished smartphone is priced at Rs 24,349.
On Flipkart, the OnePlus 3 64GB Soft Gold variant is listed as coming soon. The landing page of the mobile shows a price of Rs 27,999, so the price mentioned in the teaser as sub-Rs 20,000 could get availed after cashback and exchange discounts. The company has not mentioned when exactly it will be available on their platform.
OnePlus has recently launched the OnePlus 3T smartphone in India. The smartphone is available on Amazon India at a price of Rs 29,999 for the 64GB model and Rs 34,999 for the 128GB model.