Bargain sites all over the Internet (like GottaDeal) posted that a 3lb. box (or is it 1 lb.?) of Christmas chocolate was just $1.00. Plus free shipping. They were touting it as the best deal of the year.
It’s a testament to the frugality of the deal folks that they still only ordered 3 boxes, at most. My brother ordered twenty. We grew up with Sees. I would’ve ordered fifty.
The site was quickly bombarded and went down. People who got in touch with customer service were told that it was legitimate, even though it seemed too good to be true.
People were dreaming of having all their friends over and handing out boxes of chocolate (my birthday is next week and I’m celebrating with the Melting Pot’s chocolate fondue). However, the shouts of “Happy New Year!” didn’t last long.
Everyone got cancellation notices:
Greetings from Sees.com,
We regret to inform you that a technical website error caused the following item to be displayed at an incorrect price on the Sees.com website:
Gift # 182 – 3lb. 15-1/2 oz. Holiday Gift Special – Price $1.00
We are unable to fulfill this item for the incorrectly posted price. Therefore, we have cancelled your order for this item that was placed on January 1, 2008.
At any given time, despite our best efforts, we may have an item appear on our website with incorrect pricing. We do verify prices prior to processing orders and any discrepancy will cause the order to go on hold for further review. We would like to assure you that your credit card was not charged as your order was placed on hold when the pricing error was discovered.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We value your business and hope that you will give us a chance to serve you again in the future.
All the people who’s New Year’s resolution to lose weight are now safe. There is no cheap chocolate folks.