Xiaomi sells all 5000 Redmi smartphones, but runs into payment error


Double-charged? Xiaomi Singapore’s customers are irate on its Facebook Page, claiming that there are payment errors


Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi is learning fast in Singapore. Earlier, after receiving flak for not disclosing the exact number of smartphones sold, it said that it will be selling 5,000 sets of Redmi smartphones priced at S$169 (US$133) today.

While all 5,000 sets were sold out in a 4 minutes and 42 seconds, the firm still managed to land itself into deep trouble. Customers were complaining that they have been double-charged. Xiaomi, however, was quick to respond online. It used a Facebook status as a thread for complaints with the hashtag “#PayPal27Mar”.


Was the whole saga PayPal‘s fault? In a quick update, Xiaomi wrote on Facebook:

Update on #PayPal27Mar issue – Dear Mi Fans, we want to clarify some of the issues that our customers encountered during today’s (27 March) Redmi sale.

1. At 12.00 p.m. today, Redmi went on sale. We received multiple customer feedback that payment was made successfully through PayPal, yet the successful payment was not reflected on www.xiaomi.com/sg order status. The Pay option was still available after payment.
2. Today, PayPal’s payment gateway experienced technical difficulties and was not able to pass the right information to us to confirm payment, resulting in our website not being able to indicate the right status. This is a global PayPal payment issue, and affects more than Xiaomi’s e-commerce transactions.
3. Some customers have indicated that they have made multiple payments.

Here are some next steps of action that Xiaomi will follow up on:

1. All affected transactions orders are being looked into by Xiaomi and PayPal.
2. Please do not make additional payment throughwww.xiaomi.com/sg under your Orders.
3. If you believe you have been charged multiple times, please PM us and provide your order reference number, and the email confirmation receipt from PayPal (with #PayPal27Mar).
4. Our customer service hotline, emails, and Facebook communication channels are experiencing heavy loads currently, hence response might be delayed. If you have already messaged us (through comments, wall post, PM), please allow some time for us to address your concerns.

We thank you for your understanding, and will provide another update on the payment status soon. (Sic)

One customer, who would rather go unnamed, also told this author that he had tried calling Xiaomi on its support hotlines, which were seemingly unmanned. He added, “(I called them for) 30 minutes. No one picked up.” There was also no response when he had tried emailing them.

e27 has reached out to PayPal for comments. Watch this space.

Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

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  • illusionary

    Ran into that error while ordering the phone for my dad today. I wonder if they will fix the problem soon, it’s been almost 12 hours now!! (btw, also a fellow NP MCM grad too! hehe)

  • Elaine Huang

    Heyo! Yep, hope they solve it soon. Are you buying it as a gift for him or did he tell you about it?

    Mmmm, the world has too many of us Ngee Ann grads ;)

  • illusionary

    It’s a gift! He’s currently on a trip to China now and he doesn’t know about it yet. It’s a surprise from my brothers and me ;)