Xiaomi is India’s #1 selling smartphone brand and now the company has set its foot in the UK last week. Xiaomi offers one of the absolute best android phones at a very affordable price and this is one of the main reason for the company’s success.
Xiaomi is very famous for its flash sales in India. The company did the same move in its UK launch but was caught in the act. As a launch deal, the company offered two phones for only £1. Yes! only £1. It was not mentioned in the press release about which models were included in this offer and how many phones were put in stock.
Naturally, everyone would be interested in getting this awesome deal and with no surprise, thousands of people did login and register for it. But sadly as soon as the flash sale went live, the deadly “Sold out” text appeared in a matter of seconds. It was no surprise that the handsets were sold that quickly but the reality was something else.
Xiaomi was caught cheating on its £1 flash sale. The phones were never put in stock and the website was programmed to show “Sold Out” text as soon as the sale was to went live. There was no stock, to begin with. This was found out by the twitter user Phil Williams who posted the proof of this bold move by the Chinese company.
@XiaomiUK_ Your promotion for the £1 phone was a scam. Looking at the logic and browser requests, there are no calls to check stock limits, you simply swap the text to show ‘out of stock’ once the timer expired. pic.twitter.com/4HxKFENufL
— Phil Williams (@phil_williams81) November 9, 2018
The company later issued the statement that the phones were to be sold in a lottery, something that was never mentioned before. Many people got furious about this shady move by Xiaomi.
@xiaomi What a scam.
How many phones did you have on the limited offer?
As soon as the button turned green and you clicked on it it showed sold out. Shame on you.
Xiaomi more like Xiaoscammi.
— Danny Frampton (@dannyframpo) November 10, 2018
@xiaomi UK 1£ event! What a scam! All sold out in less than a second! Wow!
— George Ivanov (@george_i81) November 11, 2018
— Christian Cawley (@thegadgetmonkey) November 10, 2018
Although there is no definite proof of Xiaomi doing this deliberately, the company did manage to make many of its customers furious and we don’t know if that would be good for the company’s future in the UK. What do you think?