The CherryPad, a cheap, sub-$200 Android tablet, was turning heads for being able to deliver the Android experience at such a low price. Folks jumped right on it and were waiting for the CherryPad tablet to start shipping in early to mid-October. Well, it’s almost Halloween and the CherryPad still hasn’t shipped out. What gives?
CrunchGear is reporting:
That date rolled by and on October 20 [CrunchGear reader WCS] received a “tracking number” that tracks no existing package in the UPS, Fedex, DHL, or USPS databases. And then he waited.
As of this writing, he’s probably still waiting. The fact that the tracking number tracks no actual package is very shady. The reader who contacted CrunchGear writes:
The Cherrypal “Support” forum (if you can call it that: replies to questions are not permitted, except by the Administrator, and it appears to actually be a polling platform) is increasingly showing posts from people who have received neither their Cherrypad nor their tracking number. In response, the Administrator claims the delay was caused by a typhoon in the Philippines and that everything is fine and users in California and Italy have received their units. Oh, and the “forum” cleverly substitutes the word “issue” when one types “scam”.
An e-mail was sent out buyers of the CherryPad from CherryPal’s ecommerce provider, Zecozi:
I have nothing negative to say about Cherrypal as I believe their products are great and I am sure you would be happy with them once they arrive. My concern is that we are receiving many emails and calls form individuals who are not happy that they have not received their product yet and they think we are the ones who are shipping it to them. Our reputation is paramount to us and we want your experience to be the best it can be.
I don’t want to jump the gun here and declare this thing a total scam, but a $188 Android tablet did sound a little too good to be true. If that’s the case, I hope the buyers find some justice. Otherwise, CherryPal needs to address this situation as soon as possible before it reputation is damaged any more than it already is.