E-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart are giving each other tough competition to each other, in order to grab a larger pie of India’s online retail market. They keep coming up with attractive offers, discounts and exclusives to lure each other’s customers. Hence, one can never predict about which item will be available for the best price on which of the two platforms. So most people end up comparing the two and going with the one offering the best deal for the particular item they want to buy.
But there is one person who has publicly taken sides with one of the e-commerce giants. And he is someone who is followed by 6.5 million people on Twitter alone. So it is quite obvious that his opinion matters to a lot of people, including the two sellers as well.
Recently, in a tweet, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor openly slammed Amazon and asked his fans and followers to buy his books ‘An Era Of Darkness’ and ‘Why I Am A Hindu’ from Flipkart and not Amazon. He wrote that Amazon has sold pirated copies of his books “repeatedly and across the country” and called them “utterly shameless”.
Not only this, he also threatened on taking the legal way by tagging Aleph Book Co., the publisher of his books and asking them to begin the process of prosecution against Amazon. Take a look at his tweet below:
I have tried to shame @amazonin many times but they are utterly shameless. They have sold pirated copies of my books repeatedly & across the country. Please use @Flipkart to buy #AnEraOfDarkness & #WhyIAmAHindu. Urge @AlephBookCo to begin prosecution @kapish_mehra https://t.co/NL0aCvuvNd
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 23, 2018
His tweet made Twitter users come up with different responses. Here are a few replies to his tweet:
This is a problem being faced even by sellers on amazon. Amazon is not bringing in systems to curb such practices. Heads up – before going legal fill this form as per IT ACT. If they dont take action within 72 hours then only they are liable for damages https://t.co/3HNpi3uET5
— AIOVA (@AIOVA3) February 24, 2018
Sir even I got the copy from Amazon which main cover is just wrap over.. Though I ordered a hard cover one pic.twitter.com/JFzkJ2Tqr8
— Vishal Pandey 🇮🇳 (@VishalK03006226) February 23, 2018
i’ve marked the book for return, and have ordered it from @Flipkart instead.
— Swarna (@FltLtSwarna) February 24, 2018
Ya, Amazon does that but flipkart is also not trustworthy. I can’t say about Shashi sir’s books, but I have got many pirated books from flipkart as well.
— Aliya Sarosh (@AliyaSarosh29) February 24, 2018
Why can’t your publisher take legal action against @amazon ?
— amit om sharma (@amitomsharma) February 23, 2018
Shashi Tharoor’s outrage is quite understandable since an author is the most hurt when pirated copies of his writing are being bought and sold because the process end up with the writer being deprived of the royalty on their work. However, this does not lead to any loss for the sellers, which in this case are Amazon and its selling partners. But being quoted in bad words by a popular figure like Tharoor could mean a huge loss to them as it affected their goodwill. Hence, Amazon too responded to his tweet, perhaps privately.
After this, Shashi Tharoor came up with another tweet saying Amazon has pledged to resolve the problem. Here is the tweet:
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 25, 2018
Stopping the sales of pirated books could be a tough job for Amazon but since it is an e-commerce giant with huge brand value, we must give it a chance for correcting its mistake. Don’t you think so?