A website glitch which led to budget furniture retailer Leen Bakker advertising bunk beds for €24 is set to end up in court after mediation talks broke down on Thursday.
Over a thousand people have taken legal advice over the refusal of Leen Bakker to deliver the beds for the advertised price of €24, NOS reported.
Lawyers for the two parties were to meet on Thursday in a bid to solve the matter but when Leen Bakker stipulated there could be no communication with the press, lawyers bringing the case for the duped buyers cut short the meeting.
The reduced bunk bed appeared on the company’s website at the weekend costing €24 instead of €319.
Leen Bakker, which was recently sold by Blokker Holding to Gilde Equity Management, claims the low price was a result of a technical hitch which was corrected later but not before over a thousand beds had been ordered.
‘If Leen Bakker doesn’t deliver the beds at the advertised price we will go to court,’ legal advice group Aliter Melius, which is representing the duped buyers, says on its website.
‘Customers had no way of knowing the price was the result of a technical problem. The company is known as a budget retailer after all,’ Chitzki Loonstein told NOS. ‘And moreover I suspect that this may have been more or less intentional. The company wanted to attract people to its website. If this had been an honest mistake Leen Bakker would have caught on sooner.’
Leen Bakker has said it would give a 40% discount to the people who ordered the cheap beds.
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