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Sears was momentarily selling the iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi version for an unbelievable $69

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Sears was momentarily selling the iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi version for an unbelievable $69
Call it a gaffe or something, but for a short moment in time, Sears.com was actually selling the iPad 2 for the unimaginable price of $69 – that’s for the 16GB Wi-Fi version actually. Yes, you read that right, Apple’s popular tablet was selling for a crazy price too hard to believe! Well, that’s exactly what it is, something that’s too good to be true.

Sears was momentarily selling the iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi version for an unbelievable $69
Apparently, Sears listed the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi only versions of the iPad 2 for $69 and $169 respectively, which is something that’ll stop most people in their tracks. Actually, some people managed to place an order while it was listed on Sear’s web site – and they even received confirmation of the sale. However, it seems that Sears caught the mistake early on and quickly took action as they removed the listings altogether.

Without question, we’re curious to see if those lucky people will eventually get the product they ordered. Or will they simply be denied?


**Update** We've received information from buyers that Sears is canceling all orders and is in the process of issuing refunds to those customers who were charged. Of course, there are going to be a lot of upset people regarding this – with some already planning to take things to the next level with legal action. Do you think that Sears should still honor the price mistakes?

via TechCrunch & mobileunwrapped

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posted on 15 Jul 2011, 19:43 3

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I'm pretty sure there is a rule that they have to charge you the price as marked as. Same thing when going to the grocery store and finding something with a different price tag.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 21:29 3

12. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yup, if its order confirmed, its paid for.

at that price, id break my anti-apple $$ rule and buy a few... of course, they would be on ebay the next day. nothin wrong with making a lil side $$ :)

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 21:31

14. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its back up to.. 924 dollars.. holey crap!

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM3355814402P

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 01:28 4

40. thesummit11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


sounds like they need to make up some lost money and somebody is getting fired!

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 14:03 1

44. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


who would pay $924 wen apple sells it for $500...anyone who buys that from sears has to be stupid

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 01:41

41. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Apple doesn't need gimmicks to sell.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 18:38 1

32. Nezu (unregistered)


Negative, good sir. There are two states that are something like what you're claiming in that if money us actually charged and transfered, then it's considered a contract and must be honored. In all other instances mistakes are mistakes, and they can refuse to honor said mistake at their whim. Keep in mind that expecting them to lose more than 600 dollars on the item is insane in the extreme, and if you were in their position you WOULD NOT honor such a deal no matter how you may claim otherwise. But it's nice to see that people still feel entitled to things that they really shouldn't get.

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 22:19

46. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


lol hilarious ending to your comment but unfortunately that's been the American way (mindframe) since the beginning...are you from another country? Ppl have always felt entitled to everything they shouldn't get.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 14:54

51. Marc (unregistered)


Which two states? What about DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York? Any of those one of the states?

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 19:45 2

2. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


They should get it if they received an order confirmation. Good catch!

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 19:54 2

3. AbsentbebniM (unregistered)


Most states have laws against increasing a marked price during the transaction. My father actually caught a similar error on OfficeMax.com awhile back and they honored a brand new computer sale at like 1/3rd the cost. SEARS is gonna have to bite the bullet with this one. The programmer will probably get docked pay though for the error.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 20:25

4. Laurynas (unregistered)


Or maybe it was just a marketing trick to spread talks and make some attention?!

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 20:29

5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Apple is gonna give Sears a big spanking. o:

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 21:28 4

11. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)


You're right they probably will try and sue even though the iPad isn't even worth $69.

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 01:41

42. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Worth more than the silly Android tablets out there.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 20:30 7

6. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Im only here because it says 69 xD

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 20:33 2

7. Jemmers (unregistered)


I ordered two- got confirmation numbers and email confirmations with delivery dates. Went back and tried to order more and they took the order, then sent an email saying the order had been cancelled (for the second order). I called Sears customer service and gave them my info on the first order and they confirmed it as valid and shipping next Monday-Tuesday. They told me those two would not be cancelled as they are in the process of shipping now. We will see....

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 20:36

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


If I had known about this, I would have bought one. Not to use it, no I'd keep it in it's package and everything and then make a killing on Ebay.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 21:25

10. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


lucky f**kers lol

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 21:29

13. Bought4 (unregistered)


I purchased 4 of them in 3 seperate orders. So far they cancelled 2 of the orders (total of 3 iPad 2's) I spoke to 3 customer service reps, 2 of which stated that the iPad 2's will ship, and the third who said they were wrong and that the orders will be cancelled. Sad to say that this may be the case of Sears.com not honoring the price mistake, which they should have because they made two mistakes with the $69, and $179 iPad 2's. I'm going to look into the state laws to see if they have no choice but to sell them at that price.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 18:42

33. Nezu (unregistered)


I'll save you some time...no, they don't have to honor the mistake at all. Hope that helps!

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 21:56

15. primus35 (unregistered)


I bought 4 16 gigs and 3 32 gigs...... so far only the 32 gigs have been cancelled. I will be looking into a state law on the honoring of online transactions, especially for a site as big as SEARS. These things went very fast around the office and hopefully a billion dollar company like SEARS will let the sun shine on a small dogs ass for 1 time in their history. If i get the 16 gig ipads but not the 32 gigs then i will be happy and let it go, but i have a buddy who bought 40 32 gig ipads and he may not be so forgiving. I SMELL LAWSUITS!!!! We will see people. I will keep everyone posted.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 23:47

17. Goducks1 (unregistered)


I also purchased on two separate orders. I ordered two 32GB's, and then a half our later decided it would be foolish not to buy more and placed an order for two more. So far my last order was cancelled but my first order is still showing that everything looks good. I will call tomorrow and find out the details from customer service....we shall see!!

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 00:01

18. WhoKnows (unregistered)


Sears terms of service says "Once your order is submitted to us, we cannot change or cancel an order until your merchandise is received by you." Maybe Ill get lucky

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 22:24

47. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


there's always loopholes to the policy...they just don't tell the consumer that info. I'd say don't hold your breathe until you are unboxing a ups/fedex package filled with Apple goodness.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 00:08 1

19. sumit chawla (unregistered)


I am in CA, and just got this email

Dear Valued Customer:

We want you to know that, unfortunately, today one of the Marketplace third party sellers told us that they mistakenly posted incorrect pricing information on two Apple iPad models on the Marketplace portion of the website. If you purchased either of these products recently, your order has been cancelled and your account will be credited.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Sincerely,
Sears Customer Care

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 00:10

20. Tammie (unregistered)


I bought 5, credit card charged, received confirmation email, as well as cancellation emails... I do believe Sears added on their pricing policy that they have the right to cancel online orders if there is a pricing error.... Our local news station will be doing a story on this first thing in the morning

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 00:13

21. Tammie (unregistered)


Sumit I just got the same email... WHOOPS... WE'RE SORRY.... yeah I'm sure they are really sorry...

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 03:33

22. Drew (unregistered)


Big laughs in my office today. By my count, at least 30 were bought up by numerous people. One guy bought ten by himself. I have a feeling Sears is going to cancel all orders so that wouldn't surprise me. The fact the sale was up for nearly 30 minutes before someone realized their mistake is what surprised me. I hope they honor the sales, but I highly doubt it.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 09:38

23. unregistered (unregistered)


a friend of mine once find a laptop at amazon.com for $2 he bought the laptop received a order confirmation mail butttt minutes later he received a mail saying the laptop was out of stock hahaha what you think about that

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 13:55

24. URC (unregistered)


I got my Captivate for $0 on launch day because of a website price mispost. It was only listed as free for about 40 minutes from what I can tell, and it was back up to $200 after that. They honored the price, though, and even gave me free shipping.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 15:28

25. queen (unregistered)


For anyone who they sent a cancellation email to, you can call to their customer service to dispute it. Their policy says that as soon as the order is placed it cannot be cancelled until the customer receives their product.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/nb_10153_12608_NB_CStermsofservice?adCell=W3

I definitely think anyone who they sent an email to should look into it, because they are just counting on the fact that some people don't read.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 16:24

26. megamrambo (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2010)


I think they should have let the people get the tablets. lol

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 16:41

27. MikeyDayy (unregistered)


The problem may come from the fact that it wasn't Sears itself selling the product it's, DamlowPrices, so lawsuit wise Sears will try and pawn it off to DamlowPrices if they are forced to honor the deal. Also law wise it would be interstate-commerce where the State of Illinois would most likely win precedence, (they even mention it in the Terms of Use)

"By visiting Sears Site, you agree that the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Terms of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Sears Site."

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 16:52

28. MikeyDayy (unregistered)


"IN ADDITION, WE DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE INFORMATION AND CONTENT ACCESSIBLE VIA THE SEARS SITE IS ACCURATE, COMPLETE OR CURRENT, AND WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS THEREIN OR FOR ANY ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES RESULTING FROM USE OF, INABILITY TO USE, OR RELIANCE ON ANY ASPECT OF THE SEARS SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO USER CONTENT AND ALL OTHER CONTENT, SERVICES, PRODUCTS, AND OTHER INFORMATION AND MATERIALS CONTAINED IN OR DESCRIBED ON THE SEARS SITE."

"Sears reserves the right to refuse or cancel any orders placed for products and/or services which the sale or use of such product and/or service in your State is restricted or prohibited. In the event of a pricing error on the Sears Site, Sears reserves the right to cancel any orders resulting from such pricing errors."

Both found in the Disclaimer, so basically yes they can. If you have a copy of the Disclaimer before the price changed back to normal and any of those lines are omitted then your golden otherwise nice try.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 16:56 4

29. Honorable Statement (unregistered)


Its sad to see people actually greedy enough to go into legal actions just to get cheap items. True statement : "Nothings free in life." I personally didn't catch this and would have been thrilled for such a sale. But really, to all those wanting to take legal action, gtfo.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 17:19

31. MikeyDayy (unregistered)


/\--agreed, I didn't catch this either hell I wish I would of, but before you guys should talk legal action you should read the WHOLE terms of use not just the part that says they can't cancel your order, cause in many parts of the terms it says that they can and will cancel your order if it is in error.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 19:36

34. jess_g (unregistered)


After reading Sears Liability Statement I will NEVER shop there again. It has nothing to do with honoring the order confirmation. They offer no protection for their customers. If any of their so called third party associations scams your bank/credit info or fraud by deception, they claim no liability and if they are found liable by law the max liability they will cover is 100.00 USD which includes any legal fees incurred.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 19:44

35. Rmustang26 (unregistered)


Sears will not honor this... I had something like this happen to me on their website. when calling them to ask why they were not going to honor it, they told they they didnt have to because there is a legal protection that allows them not to. they directed me to the legal statement and told me that if i had no further questions there was nothing else they could do. SEARS sucks

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 21:26 1

38. Timmay! (unregistered)


Did everyone see that. I'm officially everyone else on here. Read my above comment.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 22:06 2

39. downbeat4 (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)


There is a major problem with the mindset in our country and it will come back to bite us in the ass.

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 11:35

43. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


They are canceling it becasue a bunch of a**holes bought more than one. If people werent so greedy and only got one a piece they would of probally honored the pricing. but some jackas*es went out and got ten ipads for themselves and ruined it for everyone.

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 22:33

48. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


if any of you greedy dirt bags happen to receive those 70 iPad2's you bought anyway...I'll buy one for a $100 paypal money.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 09:47

49. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Well if Sears doesnt honor price match, they should otherwise provide something to the customers that ordered and didnt get it, like a gift card or somethng.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 13:27

50. Supplychain (unregistered)


I knew the order was too good to be true when I placed it. And especially since the notification of the updated page was 3 days prior to when I made my purchase from the live site I figured I had a shot. Not surprised when it was cancelled, though.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the amount of people that wish to get something for nothing. Apple does set the price for all their products and the only reason I thought about buying an overly expensive iPad was due to the $179.00 pricing error, otherwise I wouldn't catch a second glance at that aisle.

Wise up people, if something is too good to be true, it is. No way on earth Apple would ever allow a price that low for one of their products be factual. No matter which store sold it.

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