lxsw20:sbiddle: I doubt they'd get more - it's an end of line product. I suspect the reason it was so cheap was because they've cleaned all the remaining stock up from HP.
The one my sister got had a manufacture date under the keyboard of November 2009.
LZ: There appears to be no 'whilst stock last' comment on the TV add. Wouldn't that mean that for the duration of the sale (until close of business tomorrow) you're obliged to provide them at that price even if that means ordering in more stock?
Advertising at a specified price goods or services without intending to supply them at that price, in reasonable quantities and for a reasonable time.
eg, you hear on the radio about a special offer on beds. You immediately go to the shop to buy one and find that there were only two 'on special' and they have been sold. The trader won' get another bed at the advertised price for you, and tries to sell you a more expensive bed.
Note: A retailer can offer you a 'raincheck'. This means the shop will get more of the product they ran out of or a product of similar quality and value and sell it to you at the special advertised price. It's a good idea to ask for a raincheck.
LZ: Interesting insight. I've sent off an enquiry to HN outlining those concerns, we'll see what they come back with.
There is NOTHING wrong with Harvey Norman running out of stock of an advertised product. This was a cheap price and would have been expected to sell fast. What Harvey Norman failed to do was make mention anywhere that this product was in limited supply and was while stocks last. Other products in the circular mentioned this - the biggest special in the circular should have had the same conditions plastered all over it. The levels of stock they had were clearly insufficient to last the duration of the sale.
LZ: I think you're missing the point. We all realise that it's very hard to predict demand however if it is a limited stock offer then this should be made very clear as was done with other items advertised. I spoke to someone at one of the stores and they suggested they had about 20 of them - no reasonable person would expect to last through a 4 day boxing day sale (especially at that price) with 20 items of stock.
I would also suggest that you using language such as 'people like you' is inappropriate especially since you're claiming to work for HN.
I'd consider paying for the product now and to take delivery of it when it arrived from the supplier. Once again, not the point.
Will follow up with HN as appropriate.
s.joseph:LZ: Interesting insight. I've sent off an enquiry to HN outlining those concerns, we'll see what they come back with.
Really? a retailer is only required to carry to carry adequate stock for what there sales targets are usually to meet that demand, if more a baught for more demand then that is wha it is.
It is very hard to judge these things. i can not under stand why people like you dont under stand the concept of 1st in 1st served?
Most suppliers are shut aswell till jan 15th! where is the stock going to come from?