Bandra - That Diwali coincides with the month-end this year should have been a dampener to many salaried folk. But with the market flooded with discounts and festive offers, shopping has only gotten easier. Shops like Reliance Trends are offering gift vouchers worth Rs 1000 on purchases of Rs 3500, while chain stores like Big Bazaar have a 'buy one get one' offer. Several electronics stores are offering up to 40 per cent discount as well as gifts while jewellers are offering 50 to 100 per cent discounts on making charges, as well as 8 per cent discount on diamonds and precious stones. And yes, you can exchange your old gold jewelry and win attractive gifts like smartphones on your purchase too.
Too tired to traipse the aisles for your shopping? The smartphone and laptop have turned into virtual marketplaces, with sites like Amazon which are offering 30- 60 per cent discounts on apparels and accessories. On sites like Shopclues, flea market deals start at as low as Rs 14 and discounts go up to 92 per cent. As Bandra resident chartered accountant Himesh Malik says, "Usually, shopping at the fag end of the month is not very encouraging. But with these offers, one can shop and still not worry about burning a hole in your pocket."