World-famous Hamleys toys sell out after Internet mistake http://uk.news.yahoo.com/19122006/323/world-famous-hamleys-toys-sell-internet-mistake.html
LONDON (AFP) - Prestigious British toy store Hamleys had a run on its stocks of numerous toys after a loophole on its website was exploited by consumers who bought goods for as little as 40 percent of their original price, The Guardian reported.
"We can confirm that this weekend our website experienced a technical error," Hamleys chief executive Nick Mather was quoted by the daily as saying.
"We addressed this issue immediately and it was resolved within 24 hours. We would like to apologise to customers who were unable to access the website and place orders during this time."
Details of a glitch in a Hamleys voucher scheme, which allowed customers to claim a 60 percent discount on products, were published on the website HotUKDeals on Saturday afternoon.
By Sunday morning, The Guardian reported, more than half of the store's top-selling doll and toy ranges were out of stock.
The company promised to honour any orders made on its website as a result of the mistake.
One consumer bought a full-sized snooker table, which cost 13,000 pounds (19,300 euros, 25,300 dollars), for slightly more than 5,000 pounds, the newspaper said.