Computer maker Lenovo said Tuesday it will offer a discount worth up to $100 to customers who had orders cancelled after a pricing mistake on its Canadian website last week.
The offer followed a flurry of complaints on social media calling on the company to honour the posted prices and to the Competition Bureau, the federal regulator that oversees advertising and business practices.
Lenovo said its website mistakenly offered a “doorbuster” promotion briefly last week on three laptop computers with discounts ranging between $800 and $1,110 off the regular price.
The website has since been updated with smaller discounts of between $420 and $590.
The company said the error allowed an e-coupon to be combined with an instant savings discount price. Once the mistake was noticed customers were told their orders wouldn’t be completed at the price posted in error.
Lenovo said it regrets any inconvenience caused by the error and it will start contacting customers Wednesday with the offer, which will be valid for purchases by Aug. 3.
“Lenovo — like other computer manufacturers — reserves the right to cancel any orders for products placed at an incorrect price due to an error in pricing,” the statement says.
“We have informed the affected customers of the pricing error and we are in the process of cancelling their orders and any charges that occurred. We deeply regret any inconvenience this error has caused.”
However, one person who spoke to The Canadian Press said the experience has soured his attitude towards Lenovo and he’s unlikely to buy from the company again even though he liked his first Lenovo laptop and still uses it.
By David Paddon
THE CANADIAN PRESS—TORONTO