Update: Standard Chartered India representative called me up regarding my query. They confirmed that the mailer below has been sent by a ‘partner’ marketing firm who they have hired to find new potential customers for their credit cards.
A bank should never collaborate with or allow third party services to send mails on their behalf. I get tons of mails from such ‘partners’ offering me loans, credit cards and life insurance policies.
I have reported a few mails like these to Standard Chartered and they confirmed that these were mails sent on their behalf.
I think this is insanely stupid because you are dealing with people’s money here. You are basically telling your customers and potential customers to trust emails from third party companies containing your branding in the future.
There is a catch. The company claims that they are guaranteeing one day delivery as long as your order meets certain conditions…
But the problem is that the offer comes with a clear-cut disclaimer which basically makes it useless.
The company says that if the order is delayed, you only get a refund of the money they are charging in the name of faster delivery.
Sure, they need to have a disclaimer in place for orders that might get delayed for whatever reason. My problem is with the term Guarantee… Do not guarantee something that you cannot really guarantee.
I mean what is stopping Amazon India for offering this on all products eligible for free deliveries… They get to keep the money if the product is delivered in time. Otherwise, they just refund the money!
I do not like HP as a PC maker. I hate them for destroying Palm. I think their hardware is boring. And I do not recommend their products to anyone.
But they seem to have developed a liking for Google Chrome OS. Something that you would normally expect Samsung to do. Samsung has not announced any Chrome OS product in a while. In comparison HP has two fantastic Chromebook models Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14. While Chromebook 11 is facing some charger related problems, Chromebook 14 is one of the finer Chrome OS devices you can buy today.