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Author Topic: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.  (Read 193 times)

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Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« on: June 14, 2018, 18:16:30 »
Anyone else received this? It hit my inbox at 14:11 today. I usually just quickly skim through the HK emails because even when stuffs on sale they don't tend to be excessively cheap once you add postage, But then I got to this......



The idea of a (Granted, Quite an old) OpenTX compatable TX complete with an AFHDS 2A module for £13.70 got me moderately interested, So I had a look on the site....... But it seems they're still only available for 45 quid from any HK warehouse ?!?!?

I've had a few Emails like this before where prices were accidentally misquoted (Usually explained as being down to someone not double checking after converting prices to the recipient's local currency), But I've always had a panicky follow up email apologising for the cockup and giving the correct prices within an hour or so, But still nothing from Hobbyking yet ?!?!

I almost want to make a fuss and try to make them sell me one at the emails advertised price. :)
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 19:05:28 by Reman »
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Re: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 19:04:52 »
Just had a little online chat with someone at HK.
Here's some of the responses to me asking why there prices don't match up......

"The product price is currently £45.08"
"Please be advised that product pricing may change anytime without prior notice"
"That is just the previous price"

So I assume he was trying to say that it WAS listed for £13.70 at the start of the sale, But sometime within the first 4 hours of this brand new sale going live the listed price of this item jumped by almost a factor of four ?!?!....... Is that even legal? At the bottom of the email it does say that "All prices listed in this email are subject to change without notice. Prices may vary in different warehouses", But can they honestly get away with advertising an attention grabbing price in an email, then instantly say "The price has changed"? If that's fine why isn't everyone doing it?

Tell you what, I'll sell my whole collection of quads for 100 quid (All prices listed in this post are subject to change without notice)............

.......Oh, Sorry, Too late, It's now £24,000. LOL !
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Re: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 19:12:25 »
It may not be legal in UK but HK is not based in UK. So I guess they are following Chinese rules ?? :smiley:

Lets face it they don't abide by copyright or patent laws so an incorrect advert in an email!!!

To be honest even at £45 it's not a bad deal nowhere near as good as £13 but they got you to look at their site didn't they  ::).
 

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Re: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 19:21:01 »
It may not be legal in UK but HK is not based in UK. So I guess they are following Chinese rules ?? :smiley:

But part of their company does operate out of the UK (ie, They have the UK based warehouse and shop).

To be honest even at £45 it's not a bad deal nowhere near as good as £13 but they got you to look at their site didn't they  ::).

It's OK, But apart from me gaining the option to finally install and play with OpenTX on something and having a modular bay that I've never missed my FlySky kit not having, I don't see it offering any tangible improvement over my old FS-i6 with the 10 channel firmware on it (which can still be got with a RX off BangGood for 13 quid less). OK, If the 10ch firmware didn't exist, And I hadn't already also got a 10ch FS-i6x, 10ch TGY-i10 and an FS-i10, It could be an interesting option at 45 quid...... But I have, So it isn't. ::)

At 13 quid they would have been good as "Birthday prezzy TX's" to go with small indoor brushed quads, But 45? No. I don't love any of my brothers or sisters little womb turds enough for that. LOL !!!
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 19:47:17 by Reman »
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Re: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 19:35:02 »
But part of their company does operate out of the UK (ie, They have the UK based warehouse and shop).
You do have a good point. I wonder how that works with Trading Standards. I guess, if it's the UK warehouse that is sending the emails they surely they should comply with UK trading laws.

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Re: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 19:45:56 »
Just thinking out loud here, But I've sometimes wondered if the UK branch is some kind of franchise? If it was, How would that affect this? If someone printed out their email and stomped in demanding to be sold the TX for the price as advertised, where would they stand? Most likely they would be told it was on sale for 30 seconds at that price before they noticed the mistake, But now it's 45 quid.
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Re: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2018, 20:13:59 »
I'm no expert but I seem to remember something like a price in a shop is 'an invitation to buy' but they don't have to sell you anything. If they do refuse stating that the price is wrong they have to take that product off shop floor for 24hrs.
That was under old Sale Of Goods Act. I seem to remember a newer act coming in and being a bit more wooly about 'Sales'.
Something about not being allowed to advertise a product 'on sale' unless you have enough stock that a 'normal' person would expect to be available.

Maybe the 'UK Warehouse' is just that, a warehouse that delivers to UK but you are still actually paying a foreign company. Maybe they are just drop shippers in the UK warehouse.

Can you actually walk into HK UK Warehouse and pay cash for stuff?

It's all complex stuff.

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Re: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2018, 21:44:46 »
Can you actually walk into HK UK Warehouse and pay cash for stuff?

I seem to remember reading a post somewhere about someone's trip to Hobbyking UK (It could even have been on the Hobbyking forum) and it being setup like Argos where you pay for your stuff at a counter or in an office and someone goes into the warehouse and brings it all out to you...... But I now can't find any reference to that post, Or even any info that says that you can still do this. You CAN order your kit online and pick it up in person, In theory you could even do this on a smartphone from just outside the building, But you need to have the online aspect in the transaction somewhere.

Alternatively, I could always be remembering it wrong and only assumed that they were posting about their experience at the UK warehouse.
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Re: Hobbyking "Do you have Father's Day sorted?" email.
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2018, 21:48:46 »
you think that "fathers day" email was slightly dodgy....

the mothers day one I got of BG or GB (I forget which) was takin the royal p1ss.

"Get you missus what she always wanted this mothers day"

and it was filled with pots and pans, hoover attachments, kitchen utensils and the best one of all Incontinence knickers!

I was laughing so hard I nearly needed the male versions of the pants as I forwarded it to the missus, she didnt see the humorous side and was strangely not in the mood for any night time activities for a couple of days afterwards..... but yanno what.......... so worth it! :laugh:
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