14 November 2019 12:36
Shoppers who thought they bagged the latest iPad for just £4 at Currys PC World have been left disappointed after the retailer announced the discount was an error which won't be honoured. On Tuesday, social media was flooded with excited people who spotted the price glitch, which saw £289 iPads reduced to just £4 at checkout. Another added: "Got my £4 iPad. Cheers Currys!" "[But] they could at least have the decency to email me, the only reason I know it has been cancelled is due to having checked DPD, Thoroughly disappointed in Currys, Thoroughly dissapointed." The super-cheap deal came as the retailer's Black Friday offers launched, and applied when you ordered a 9.7 inch 2018 Apple iPad (32GB), and entered the code "FREECASE" at checkout. In a shop, once money has exchanged hands, the purchase is considered a legally binding contract - that means shops can't demand the goods back if their priced too low. But the law is not on the side of online bargain hunters - as retailers are not forced to sell goods at the advertised price.
That's something Tesco shoppers found out back in 2012 after the retailer listed an iPad for £49.99, rather than £499, only to see the store refuse to honour orders. Sometimes shops have honoured these mistakes - when Marks & Spencer advertised a Panasonic 50-inch TV worth £1,099 for just £199 the shop caved to online pressure and stood by the orders. Much to the dismay of bargain hunters, Currys doesn't plan to honour the deal. A Currys PC World spokesperson told Mirror Money: "Due to a pricing error on our website, a number of customers were charged an incorrect amount for an iPad. This issue was quickly corrected on the website and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. The advertised price was correct but, due to human error, when the customer applied a promotional code for an accessory it processed the price incorrectly.
The same sized model, in grey, is £81 cheaper at £569, while the gold 64GB iPad mini 5 is £459, £60 cheaper than its £519 RRP. Find out more about the tablet's specs and performance in our Apple iPad mini 5 review. Save up to £100 on the Apple iPad mini 5 at Currys Available in silver, grey or gold, the 32GB Apple 9.7in iPad is now £289, down from £319 – a saving of £30, or you can get the 128GB model for £369, down from £409. Apple 10.2in iPad (Save up to £14) Less of a saving, but a saving nonetheless, Currys PC World is offering the 2019 iPad 10.2in at a discount of either £12 or £14 depending on which model you buy. Save up to £14 on the Apple 10.2in iPad at Currys A pre-Black Friday glitch saw Currys offering £289 iPads for a price of just £4 at their checkout on Tuesday night (November 12) and it caused quite the stir amongst its loyal customers. The glitch occurred as Currys launched its Black Friday offers - two weeks before the official release date, Manchester Evening News reports. Many customers managed to bag themselves a 9.7 inch Apple iPad (32GB) for £285 cheaper than the retail place by adding the code 'FREECASE' at checkout. Someone's getting sacked in the mornnnn," wrote one Twitter user. "An iPad for £4 nice one Curry's," wrote somebody else. It's not been confirmed whether Currys will honour the price, as some customers are reporting their orders have now been cancelled. "Mine was an hour away with 20 stops to go and was cancelled and managed to get returned to depot today," said one Currys customer. "Didn't want that £5 iPad from Currys anyway," wrote somebody else. Is Currys legally obliged to honour the glitch? If you've already bought the item, and the shop's sold an item to you for less than they meant to, they're only legally allowed to ask for money back if you'd spoken about price and they ended up charging you much less. Apple's £289 tablets go on sale for just FOUR pounds at Currys PC World after pricing glitch ahead of Black Friday shopping frenzy A price glitch on the Currys PC World website saw iPads worth £289 sold for just £4 ahead of the sales. The retailer was left red-faced after customers were accidentally given hundreds of pounds' worth of discount after entering the code 'FREECASE' during checkout. An online-only deal launched on the website ahead of Black Friday on November 29 was meant to give punters £30 off the price of a 9.7 inch Apple (32GB). However the code instead applied a £285 discount, causing news of the cut-price deal to spread rapidly on social media. Twitter user wrote: 'Half of Blackpool just got an iPad for under a fiver from Curry's. Shortly after the glitch was noticed, the iPad was taken down from the website, with some shoppers seeing their orders cancelled hours later. It is currently unknown how many of the iPads were purchased at the low price or if any of them reached customers before orders were cancelled. Purchases made in stores are legally-binding was money exchanges hands, meaning that retailers are unable to demand the goods back in the case of price issues. However the same protections for consumers do not extend to online shopping, where retailers are not required to honour the sale price. Online stores have sometimes bowed to pressure and committed to selling at the advertised price, including Marks & Spencer in 2012. The retailer sold a Panasonic 50-inch TV worth £1,099 for just £199, before proceeding to cancel orders and offer a £25 goodwill gesture.