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01-12-2009 09:52 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Rockohaulic

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If someone is running an ad, and it has a picture and a description of one (expensive) thing, but it has a price for a much cheaper thing, can they just say it is a mistake, or do they have to honor the price?

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01-12-2009 09:54 PM  9 years agoPost 2
bluewave1016

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If it's a mistake, then they don't need to honor it. But if they use that to run ads and you have prove, you can sue them.

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01-12-2009 09:56 PM  9 years agoPost 3
JJMAN (RIP)

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Good luck finding a lawyer on that one.

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01-12-2009 09:57 PM  9 years agoPost 4
bluewave1016

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You don't need a lawyer if it's less than $5000. There is a court that handle those.

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01-12-2009 10:21 PM  9 years agoPost 5
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can they just say it is a mistake, or do they have to honor the price?
If its an honest mistake, you would be hard pressed winning even in small claims.

If they have a history of making "mistakes" switching the prices, then you may have a case.

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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01-12-2009 10:30 PM  9 years agoPost 6
Mavrik1

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I believe this is considered "bait and switch"? I'm under the impression it's against the law.

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01-12-2009 10:32 PM  9 years agoPost 7
AirWolfRC

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It comes under "bait & switch" and it's illegal, even if not on purpose.

You're a business and you're expected to know what you're doing.

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01-12-2009 10:41 PM  9 years agoPost 8
DarkStarPDX

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Working for a retailer that does a lot of advertising, we always have a nice little boilerplate:

"Offers and dates subject to change without notice. Information in this advertisement may contain typographical errors or inaccuracies. We reserve the right to correct errors or omissions. Limited quantities available, while supplies last. Product selection may vary by location."

It's good and legal in Oregon and Alabama... Don't know about other states though...

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01-12-2009 10:58 PM  9 years agoPost 9
JRjoe

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If someone makes an honest mistake then let it go...


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01-12-2009 11:03 PM  9 years agoPost 10
AirWolfRC

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If someone (even me) makes a mistake, honest or otherwise, I expect him to stand up for it and not expect to get off the hook by the generosity of others.

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01-12-2009 11:38 PM  9 years agoPost 11
cudaboy_71

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I believe this is considered "bait and switch"? I'm under the impression it's against the law.
bait and switch is illegal. but, this is not exactly it. bait and switch is luring someone to a site/store with the promise of one product at one price; then, switching them to another entirely different (ostensibly more expensive) item. usually the script goes "we're out of XXX that was on sale. but, can i interest you in ZZZ?"

the example in the OP is a mistake...like showing a photo of a 450 SE and having the price for a 450 SA. an honest mistake...and, you'd be hard pressed to win a case against such a mistake...not to mention a jerk for trying, IMO. would *YOU* honor a mistake in a classified ad you posted? most hobby retailers are not much different. noone's getting rich selling rc stuff.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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01-12-2009 11:49 PM  9 years agoPost 12
AirWolfRC

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In a lot of states, if there is a wrong proce on a shelf item in a grocery store, by law regardless how the mistake happened, the grocer is required to honor the posted price.

Check the law before you start trying to justify someone else's "honest" mistake.

Because of laws like that that are already on the books is why I made such a stink about Spektrum advertising 1024 resolution on the original DX6 after they admitted to me at the Chicago show that it was actually only 256.
. . . . they tried to blame marketing

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01-13-2009 12:38 AM  9 years agoPost 13
Brokenlink

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If someone (even me) makes a mistake
Oh,god forbid,that doesn't happen does it?

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01-13-2009 12:44 AM  9 years agoPost 14
TaleGunner

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It also falls under the acting in bad faith laws if there is a history of doing it

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01-13-2009 12:45 AM  9 years agoPost 15
DS 8717

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I thought i was wrong once,but i was mistaken.

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01-13-2009 12:49 AM  9 years agoPost 16
TaleGunner

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It goes

I made a mistake once!
Thought I was wrong butt I wasnt

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01-13-2009 12:52 AM  9 years agoPost 17
psawya

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Yeah, it's always the best policy to MAKE them honor their mistakes or the mistakes of others. Sleep comfortably with the fact that you got something at someone else expense. After you pushed the point with them and they fired the person responsible and that person's kid is going hungry tonight.......sleep comfortably....you earned it. Let your conscience be your guide....

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01-13-2009 12:54 AM  9 years agoPost 18
Brokenlink

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No,no, it's "I wasn't wrong once,but thought about,oh, the hell with it,you are probably right anyways

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01-13-2009 12:58 AM  9 years agoPost 19
tchavei

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In a lot of states, if there is a wrong proce on a shelf item in a grocery store, by law regardless how the mistake happened, the grocer is required to honor the posted price.
also here in europe. If they screw up, its their problem and by law they have to give it to you at the listed price. If they refuse, they'll have to give it at the wrong price anyway and pay a fine... usually stores prefer to handle these things right on the spot rather than going through legal matters as they're going to loose. The law is pretty clear about it on this side of the pond. If you don't use it, thats your loss.

Tony


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01-13-2009 01:53 AM  9 years agoPost 20
2LTime

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From Business Law 101 that I remember. An ad (say in the paper) is an invitation to make an offer. It is not an offer to sell you anything at a given price. They are not legally responsible to have any of it, or sell it to you at that price.

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