A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

Summary: Some lucky children will have a very merry Christmas indeed this year, thanks to the website HotUKDeals and a glitch on the Hamleys site that saw it doling out cumulative discount of 60 percent on its festive goods.You don't have to be a five year old mathematical genius to work out that 60 percent off means two train sets instead of one and some nifty extra track thrown in.

SHARE:
TOPICS: After Hours
5

Some lucky children will have a very merry Christmas indeed this year, thanks to the website HotUKDeals and a glitch on the Hamleys site that saw it doling out cumulative discount of 60 percent on its festive goods. You don't have to be a five year old mathematical genius to work out that 60 percent off means two train sets instead of one and some nifty extra track thrown in. (My personal preference would be some bits to add to my Scalextric, if Santa is listening - but that is neither here nor there......) Anyway, it fell to The Guardian to spread the happy news about the bonus for children and the chagrin for the kids' favourite toy story, where the ever watchful HotUKDeals consumer site had picked up the good news and spread it as fast as it could. And that was very fast indeed, according to The Guardian, which reported that Hamleys shelves were "pillaged" after the error. "It's like the Vikings have been to Hamleys" was the comment of one surfer, the paper reported. "If you get on to their site, it's been emptied and pillaged." But, as Hamleys admitted that it had "fallen foul of the loophole, " it promised "to honour any orders made as a result of the blunder". Well done to the Royal Family's favourite toy shop. I am off down there immediately to buy something in support in its hour of need. That's if there is anything left of course.

Topic: After Hours

About

Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

5 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

    Just to add to this everyone who got the 60% and were told we would get our goods received an email this afternoon from hamleys stating that they will now not honour any of the orders.
    scraggy-9e447
  • A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

    Always a winner when it happens but by god do you have to be quick to take advantage!!
    Trust me i can help
  • A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

    Always a winner when it happens but by god do you have to be quick to take advantage!!
    Trust me i can help
  • A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

    Hi, I m John Hank. wish you a merry christmas and prosperous New Year.
    Enjoy this Christmas to the fullest!!!

    John Hank
    <a href="http://articlesfor4.blogspot.com">Regular Updates</a>
    johnhank
  • A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

    Merry christmas and happy new year to you. You don't need a 60% to give great presents, since a present is something that comes out of heart. It can be a valentine, or a walk together, catching snowflakes with your tongues.

    Sincerely, Alex
    <a href="http://weightadvices.com">Weight Management Advices Co</a>
    poroshock