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If you saw a sofa in a shop with a price ticket attached - would you expect to buy that sofa for that price?

(51 Posts)
Katymac Sun 21-Aug-16 15:42:27

Because I would & I am trying to decide if I am being awkward?

OneArt Sun 21-Aug-16 15:43:45

Yes I would.

Pigeonpost Sun 21-Aug-16 15:44:16


Floralnomad Sun 21-Aug-16 15:44:43

Depends if it comes in different fabrics / leather and with recliners etc as I assume the price would be for the base / basic version .

LockedOutOfMN Sun 21-Aug-16 15:45:10

I would haggle, I've always haggled on furniture. Usually go for a 10% discount unless there's a reason I think I can get away with more (e.g. buying more than one item) and end up getting anywhere between 5 and 10% off. Good luck!

HeyMacWey Sun 21-Aug-16 15:45:27

Yes unless there was a sale on across the shop - ie 30% off marked price.

titchy Sun 21-Aug-16 15:45:42

Yes. Having said that they are not obliged to sell to you, e.g. (as I suspect here) the ticket is obviously priced too low in error.

Katymac Sun 21-Aug-16 15:46:23

So if a sofa bed was on the shop floor with a label saying "sofa bed" & a price of "£623" would you expect to pay £623 for that sofabed in that style/fabric/colour exectly?

SavoyCabbage Sun 21-Aug-16 15:47:51

I would expect to pay that, but if it had been incorrectly labelled or wasn't exactly the same then I wouldn't.

titchy Sun 21-Aug-16 15:50:43

You're being a bit cryptic OP...

The label could be for that specific sofa bed - ie the ex-display model. What does the shop say.

OneArt Sun 21-Aug-16 15:51:07

Was it incorrectly labelled OP?

Katymac Sun 21-Aug-16 15:51:18

They decided to display the price of the 2 seater sofa as people would think it odd that a 2 seater sofa was more expensive than the 4 seater sofa next to it

The sofa bed - which that was - is £804

Which I think is misrepresentation

Katymac Sun 21-Aug-16 15:52:20

So Sofa bed with price of sofa attached to it

LockedOutOfMN Sun 21-Aug-16 15:53:15

OP, it's confusing but not illegal. All you can do is ask for a discount off of the real price.

Katymac Sun 21-Aug-16 15:56:37

So it's not misrepresenting?

If Tescos had a £1.50 sticker on a 1kg box of cornflakes but a small note of the back said actually it's only the 500g that is £1.50 this one is £2 they would be done by trades descriptions

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sun 21-Aug-16 16:00:23

they do not have to honour any price is always an invitation to buy

I think it's only once you have forked over the money it becomes a contract, and if then they realise they gave you the £800 sofabed for the price of the two-seater it's too bad for them.

titchy Sun 21-Aug-16 16:01:23

I dare say trading standards would give them a bollocking. However they still don't have to sell to you at that price.

LockedOutOfMN Sun 21-Aug-16 16:02:20

As TondelayaDellaVentamiglia says, a price label is not a contractual obligation; it's an invitation to buy. Only when you go to the cash register and offer to buy the product and hand over money, is the contract entered into.

Katymac Sun 21-Aug-16 16:03:37

Maybe it's advertising standards I want then

Apparently it's their policy to under-price sofa beds so people don't "get confused"

Gizlotsmum Sun 21-Aug-16 16:04:51

The label clearly states the 2 seater sofa is £623, so ambiguous in the fact that it was on a sofa bed but not sure it's a trade descriptions breach

Katymac Sun 21-Aug-16 16:05:28

No I checked it is trading standards
In-store advertising

Misleading claims on posters, shelves or till points should be reported to your local trading standards department. The ASA will look into complaints about any leaflets or brochures that can be taken away from a store. We can consider complaints about sales promotions that appear in-store.

Emochild Sun 21-Aug-16 16:05:29

But the price label says -sofa bed as displayed £823
It's on that triangle on the top right corner?


ShatnersBassoon Sun 21-Aug-16 16:06:25

It's definitely misleading, and a really daft way to merchandise. I'm not sure why they would do it, knowing that anyone interested in buying would be nothing but disappointed to find out the price is wrong.

Katymac Sun 21-Aug-16 16:07:10

I still reckon it's an intentional con - If I had been sat on a sofa then fair dos - but I was sat on a sofa bed with an incorrect price on it

Emochild Sun 21-Aug-16 16:07:38

Sorry £804

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