Menard’s Tech Glitch Sold $1,000,000 In Lawn Furniture To Delta Chi For $30
What do you do with Backyard Creations Hattington Chat Chairs in a Tamara Paisley pattern that aren’t selling? Well if you’re hardware and outdoor store Menards than you discount them of course. Apparently the hardware chain was having a difficult time getting rid of the lawn chairs in the special paisley pattern. The chairs normal retail price is $368.
Well members of the Indiana University chapter of Delta Chi saw that Menard’s had discounted these paisley patterned chairs to the whopping low price of $.01 yes that’s right 1 cent. According to totalfratmove.com once one of the members saw the astronomical discount it quickly spread across the fraternities GroupMe. Within minutes the resourceful fraternity members took action.
Members of the fraternity went online, as the screen shots below show, and ordered chairs. They didn’t order 10 or 20 because you know a frat house could actually use that many. No, they went ahead and ordered 3000 of those bad boys. The cost? $30. As you can see form the screen shot above, their first order of chairs was for 1000 chairs at a total cost of $10.00.
When you do the basic math, with a retail price of $358 it’s the equivalent of offering 99.972% off the chairs themselves, or heck, buy one and get 35,799 free.
Over the weekend when the boys made the order they were able to get through the entire online ordering process. They even received a “Thank you for your order screen”.
When the story was first reported on Monday morning a member of the fraternity told TotalFratMove.com that they were “skeptical yet hopeful that these orders will be fulfilled,” and as of that time, “Menards has yet to email anything other than receipts and confirmation of the orders.”.
Later Monday afternoon sonofaglitch.com updated their post to show a screen shot of an email from Menard’s customer service. The representative blamed the computer system saying “this item was a figment of the computer’s imagination” and that they would fully refund their money.
Now it’s not an issue of money, but rather what the company perceives as the right thing to do. To spicen up the story and drive home a win, the Indiana University chapter of Delti Chi says that if they receive the chairs they will sell them and give the proceeds to the Jimmy V Foundation, named after the ESPN sports caster and committed to finding a cure for cancer.
We will update you when we hear more.