Xiaomi has taken a drastic new step to stop unauthorized resellers from buying multiple units of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It’s going to ban the cash on delivery (COD) option from the list of payment choices for the next couple of flash sales on its site and Flipkart.
To recall, the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have been getting sold via flash sales ever since its launch a few weeks ago. Over 3 lakh units vanished in a flash during the very first one. It’s possible a large chunk of those were gobbled up by resellers looking to scam people who are desperate to get hold of Xiaomi’s latest offerings.
Xiaomi believes that getting rid of the cash on delivery option will give buyers a better chance of purchasing the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This decision will probably hit resellers who depend on COD hard, but it doesn’t address those who use cards or other means of payment.
There’s also the fact that genuine customers who favor COD will be negatively affected by this decision. This move isn’t fair to them, even as it does make it easier on those who don’t utilize cash on delivery for their payments.
Word on the street is that resellers utilize script codes to purchase units in bulk. We’ll have to wait and see whether this step discourages this from happening again. The ultimate solution would naturally be to stop flash sales altogether, but Xiaomi doesn’t look like it’s going to do that anytime soon.