AT LEAST one jammy sod has managed to get a stupidly cheap computer after HP's pricing blunder over the weekend.
HotUKDeals, a bargain hunting community, confirmed today that they had photographic evidence of an HP Z Workstation delivered to a member's house. They claim to have paid £1.42 for it.
The community suggested that his success may have come because he ordered an in-stock item, meaning the order was processed before the error was noticed.
Most users received a five per cent off voucher instead, with a message reading: "We regret to inform you that your order XXXX placed on 7/30/2016 will be cancelled due to a technical issue affecting the pricing of select products on our website over the weekend.
"We have now rectified this error and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and in recognition we would like to offer you a 5% discount off your new/next order with HP store."
The error on the company's website over the weekend saw several top-of-the-range laptops and workstations on sale for under two quid.
An HP ZBook 17 G2 Mobile Workstation, which ships in configurations with 4GB of dedicated graphics RAM and 16GB of regular RAM, was reduced to '£1.58', a saving of £2,376.72 on the recommended retail price.
HP realised its mistake when people started posting news of the bargains on social media, and took the site offline while it fixed the error.
A poster on HotUKDeals, said of the offer: "Obvious pricing error but worth a shot I suppose. Lots of other laptops and items with incorrect price too."
Many people believe that prices on display have to be honoured, but this is a myth. Citizen's Advice told the BBC that the seller is entitled to cancel an online order if they have made a "genuine and honest mistake on their part that you should have noticed".
Sure enough, HP has cancelled the orders and assured customers that they will get their £1.58 or whatever refunded.
"We can confirm that due to a processing error, selected products were wrongly priced on our UK website over the weekend," said HP. "This has now been corrected with related orders cancelled."
The idea that a computer of any sort, leave alone a professional workstation, could be reduced to less than a box of Special K was a bit ludicrous anyway. But retailers very occasionally honour their mistakes, leading to a misconception that they have to.
"We apologise sincerely to affected customers for any inconvenience caused," the statement continued.
HP Inc is approaching its first anniversary as a separate entity after the much-publicised split from what is now Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Ironically, the company was one of the first to raise prices in the UK following the UK's shock-and-awe Brexit vote. µ
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