Today I am going to share my shopping experience with one of the startup sites that I recently came across. The site is named as Qtrove and started by the founders of Tasty Khanna, (acquired by FoodPanda 2014). It is a Bangalore based curated marketplace that exhibits & sells non-mass produced items from small entrepreneurs across the country. Qtrove selects only the best products from exclusive sellers. From fresh bakery goods to hand made soaps, jewelry, bags and much more. These products are unique in nature and are not easily available across the online spectrum. They strictly follow a ‘no discount – no sale’ policy as opposed to the popular business model followed by other big e-commerce players to ensure their vendors get the best deal for their products.
In today’s era of assembly line mass production & consumption, Qtrove comes as a breath of fresh air by curating the best products from local entrepreneurs across categories. There are categories like Rs 199 Store, Food and Beverages, Accessories, Bath and Beyond, etc. See the screenshot below.
They provide a wide variety of interesting products that are hand made by the local entrepreneurs. Its amazing how these local entrepreneurs get a platform to sell their products and customers can find a huge collection of products, which can be used by themselves or be gifted to others! The gifting options they provide are amazing!
Since I was buying for myself I chose some jewelry and a notebook. They looked really pretty in picture and I hoped that they turn out to be equally good in reality. I placed my order on 4th October. I received my orders in two parts as they were coming from two different sellers. I received an email on the next day i.e., 5th October informing that the product has been shipped, I was pleasantly surprised! The next day, 6th October, I received my first order, the Notebook. It was quite a fast delivery and I really did not expect that.
The second part of the delivery included all the jewelry and I got an email of those being shipped on 6th October. The next day, i.e., 7th October, I received them! This was superbly fast! I am left pretty impressed with timely updates with information and such a fast delivery!
Now let’s come to the products and their quality. All the products were nicely packed keeping in mind the safety of the jewelry. All of them were in excellent condition and they looked much more pretty in reality. The Lemon Notebook is so pretty that I have yet to decide what will I use it for. The jewelry is super amazing and I was extremely happy with its quality. I especially loved the Galaxy neck-piece. You can look in the picture how gorgeous it is!! Loved the choker and the Hand Harness too, the quality of both is superb, but my heart was stolen by the Galaxy neck-piece! No one can imagine that it is hand made, its so delicate and beautiful that I can’t express in words!