Rotimatic, which has priced its latest modern home roti-maker at $599 (Rs.36,600), said all the pre-booked orders are sold out till 2016, which means if you register now, you may get it in 2017 or more than two years later.
The Singapore-based company made it to headlines when they announced their first Rotimatic in October 2013 but remained lukewarm to press queries henceforth raising doubts about the veracity of the product.
However, the only diference now is that the product shows the price and a registration form with a rider that it is not the pre-order form.
“We thank all of you who share our Rotimatic vision – fresh, healthy & homemade eating! Our pre-orders are sold out till 2016,” it says in a crypt note on its website.
Further, it asks visitors: “If you have pre-ordered Rotimatic, please log in to our community page (via Community tab above) for updates and live chat with our team.”
Co-founded by Rishi Israni and Pranoti Nagarkar, the Rotimaker made its debut in October 2013 but the product remained low key and highly priced and never sold in Indian market, which is the No.1 consumer of rotis made at home.
In addition, it invites people to join pre-order batch saying, “If you aren’t part of the pre-order batch, please join the interest list below (if you haven’t before) and we will inform you when we have updates for your country… Please note this is NOT a pre-order registration. We’ll only notify you when there’s update about Rotimatic launch in your country.”
Otherwise, the product received some rare reviews from the media as it could produce up to 20 fresh rotis in one go, one roti per minute, with options for oil, thickness and roast levels.
Rotimatic’s design with an elegant match to modern kitchen, weighs 18kg and measures 40cm x 40cm x 45cm, all made in plastic materials, which are BPA free and FDA approved.
The makers from Singapore say its pre-order is only for the US and Singapore, where the first is sold out and it would be shipped as late as 2016.
Ironic but India, which can send Mars mission can’t produce one simple Rotimatic that would relieve the pain for half of our women population.