• Report: #683631
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  • Submitted: Mon, January 17, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, May 31, 2011

  • Reported By: Carmon — San Lorenzo California U.S.A.
33 South Sixth Street Minneapolis, Minnesota United States of America

Target.com False advertisement, misleading advertisement, website fraud Minneapolis, Minnesota

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Someone is telling 2 different things

*Consumer Comment: Oh, you're full of it...

*Consumer Comment: Not a requirement

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On January 16, 2011 I came across and advertisement for a Sony Play Station 3 60GB hard drive gaming console for sale at Target.com for $39.99. That model of the PS3 is the oldest model and I thought that Target.com was having a Martin Luther King Day sale, so I went to the Target.com website and ordered two of these gaming consoles. However, when I received my email receipt it listed two Play Station 3 Accessories and not the two gaming consoles that I had ordered. When I logged onto my Target.com account the online receipt listed the two Play Station 3 gaming consoles that I had ordered.

Due to the discrepancy I called Target.com customer service and talked to the representative Janine who basically told me that legally Target.com could advertise anything that they wanted and then replace that advertised item with a completely different item for a different price. I was then placed on hold for 45 minutes while Janine located her supervisor, Mackeita. The supervisor Mackeita told me that it was up to the consumer to read the fine print during the checkout process and that if I had done so I would have seen that I had agreed to allow Target.com change the price in the event a price listing error on their website.

I did not see this fine print at all during the checkout process prior to the purchase and I did not check any boxes agreeing to any such thing before or after my purchase, the clause is only shown after the purchase has been completed. The clause appears at the bottom of the email receipt and states, (Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items on our Web site may be mispriced. As part of our shipping procedures, we verify price before an item is shipped out. If an item's correct price is lower than our stated price, we charge the lower amount and ship you the item. If an item's correct price is higher than our stated price we will cancel your order and notify you of such cancellation via email). As this clause is only shown after the checkout is complete and then again in an email receipt, I was not given the option of agreeing with the clause or not.

Makeita completely sidestepped the fact that Target.com was committing fraud by advertising a Play Station 3 console and once this item was purchased, Target.com sent out receipts for a different item altogether. Target.com is refusing to sell me the two Play Station 3 consoles that I ordered for the price that was listed in the order. Then to add insult to injury Target.com is claiming no responsibility for the false advertisement even though the supervisor Mackeita said that they knew about the error more than 24 hours prior to my order yet they still had not taken down the advertisement.

This PS3 console is advertised as being sold at Target.com on three other websites, including Amazon.com who gives a complete description of the console that it sells for Target.com. I have taken screen shots of these other website advertisements as well as the Target advertisement. I also have screen shots of my Target.com order.

I do not see how Target.com can blatantly get away with breaking the law by claiming website error. Do they not have proof readers that check their advertisements prior to being published? I know that if this mistake were made inside of a store they would have to honor the advertised price, because it is the law. Adding a clause stating it is ok to commit larceny when you work for Target does not change the fact that larceny is illegal, the clause does not erase the law.

For Target.com to say that consumers have agreed to let Target.com rip them off simply because Target added a clause stating that consumers are agreeing to be ripped off by completing an online purchase. It seems to me that not giving the consumer the option or even worse, not making the consumer aware of the rip off clause until after a purchase has been completed is fraud all by itself.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/17/2011 01:17 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/targetcom/minneapolis-minnesota-55402/targetcom-false-advertisement-misleading-advertisement-website-fraud-minneapolis-minn-683631. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Someone is telling 2 different things

AUTHOR: MLS582 - (United States of America)

When I worked at Target, they told us not once, many times, time and time again, if its in the wrong spot and costs less, they sell it for that low price. Be a customer there you get a different explaination, "We can never sell it for that price" the scanned price will always be the same.

A word of caution Target employees, once your off the clock, they can presume you still work there, its better to go to another Target Store, if you can. if you ask for help or ask about something while a Target employee is working there, they will send you out the door, if you do not believe it, I watched it happen.

After break and the huddle starts, be prepared for contradictions, they say one thing and do another, if you do not believe it, I watched it.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Oh, you're full of it...

AUTHOR: Edgeman - (U.S.A.)

You knew perfectly well that Target wasn't selling PS3 consoles for $40. You took a shot in hopes that you might actually get one but you fully knew that this price was for the Move accessory. For one thing, every video game forum from Amazon to CheapAssGamer was talking about it.

Secondly, the item description was obviously talking about a Move accessory, not the PS3 console. Thirdly, when you added it to your cart it was listed as an accessory. Lastly, your receipt read "accessories". It was an error, that's it.

I don't blame you for trying to get a cheap PS3 (though common sense tells you they wouldn't be $40.) However, there is no need to be a drama queen when the order is canceled. Larceny? Really?

By the way, you weren't ripped off. You are not being charged for the item.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Not a requirement

AUTHOR: Ramjet - (U.S.A.)

They do not legally have to sell to you at a price posted in error. Contrary to popular belief, they don't have to honor prices posted in error in stores either. You are not entitled to benefit from someones error. You can see how that would work, people would be sneaking their own prices on the shelves and claiming it was an error.

Do you really believe that if you went to a car dealer who posted the price of a $45,000 in error for $15,000.00 that they would be required to sell it to you for $15,000? Not!.

Sometimes a store will honor a pricing error but they are not required to by law.

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