ETA: The matter was resolved to my satisfaction and I didn’t even have to argue. Good practice in the end.
I write this blog post to document my interactions with Reads Print and Design company, Dublin, in the matter of printing and binding four copies of my thesis.
Yesterday morning I went to the Reads website, filled out the form:
received the quote shown in the screenshot, E62.34, for the printing and binding of four copies of my thesis.
I entered my payment details and was charged that amount. At 1100hrs Thursday I received an order summary/confirmation number by email. At 1232hrs I received by email a confirmation of when my order would be ready to collect.
At 1234hrs I received a second email, the text of which was:
“Your thesis order went through for only one set of black and white copy.
So the other 3 sets were not paid.
You will have to pay on collection.”
My email requesting clarification received an answer:
“You have payed for the binding, handling fee and 4 copies of the colour pages and one copy of black and white.
The other 3 copies of black and white are not payed for.
Your total should have been €124.26
You payed €62.34”
This morning I returned to the Reads Thesis Printing and Binding order form on the website and discovered that an extra box to fill in has been added overnight.
But I have screenshots. From my screenshots, would you conclude, as a reasonable person, that I was misled as to the price of the service on offer? Would you consider that it might fall under the heading of a misleading commercial practice “likely to cause the average consumer to make a transactional decision that the average consumer would not otherwise make?”
So today I am going to go to the business premises to pick up my order. If they try to charge me more than the quoted sum initially charged – well, I’m almost looking forward to writing a formal letter of complaint (with supporting documentation) to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
I have finished my thesis and the really truly final deadline is still a month off. I have time.