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Tesco will not honour sales after 50 pound iPad offer blunder

Supermarket chain Tesco has refused to honour sales of Apple's popular iPad tablet after it accidentally listed the price on its website for £49.99 rather than £499.99.

Supermarket chain Tesco has refused to honour sales of Apple's popular iPad tablet after it accidentally listed the price on its website for £49.99 rather than £499.99.

 
Tesco Direct made the pricing blunder on its website for the iPad Wi-Fi 4G 64GB black model and only spotted the error after numerous sales went through.
 
Customers thought it was their lucky day, with many scrambling to purchase the tablet computer for a tenth of its retail cost. News spread like wildfire across the internet, eventually crashing the Tesco website as everyone tried to grab what they thought was a bargain.
 
While this is an obvious error it is still a mistake on the part of Tesco, not its customers, so it's understandable why many feel it should honour the price.
 
 
This is unlikely to happen, however, as Tesco has already blamed the situation on an IT error. It said it would cancel all of the purchases in question and refund any money paid.
 
This is not the first time Tesco has made a mistake like this. In January 2011 a glitch saw 36 cans of lager go on sale for £11, resulting in the store calling the police to keep order as the shop was crowded with people looking for bargain beer. A similar problem in October saw Terry's Chocolate Oranges retail for a mere £0.29.
 
As the shops slogan goes, “Every little helps.” Unfortunately offering an unbeatable deal in error and then taking it away does not help at all.
 
Source: The Telegraph

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