I just ordered something costing £200 on line from Argos and got an email reply that in part stated:
This transaction was placed on Saturday 3rd January 2009, authorisation number 03*****. It has been charged to your card but if we cannot accept your order for any reason, we will provide a full refund to your card if we have debited your account in advance.
Can they actually do this? I'm furious that they should take my money and only then at some point in the future decide whether to accept my order. Further I risk missing out on sale items that could have replaced this order if they do decide to reject it in a week or so.
Any one have any views or knowledge of this situation?