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I need some advice on the following moot problem. I will be representing Richard. I am struggling with this one because it is a contract with an internet website and there are no authorities. I know it is regarding acceptance of an offer/invitation to treat and unilateral contract but i am struggling to get any authorities. All help is really appreciated.

THE COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)

Richard v Amazing.co.uk

On 21st January 2007, Amazing.co.uk advertised an 8GB Apricot iToy mp3 player for £109, with free delivery. Realising this was considerably below that offered elsewhere, Richard rushed to buy one online. After submitting his personal and credit card details, he immediately received an automated confirmatory email stating “Thank you for shopping at Amazing.co.uk! Please review the terms and conditions on our website. These govern this contract which are provided for your reference. Please print these off and keep them in a safe place. You should also be aware that you have a right to cancel this contract if you wish within seven working days.”

The following day, Richard was dismayed to receive the following email from Amazing.co.uk Customer Service:

“We are writing to inform you that the price of the 8GB Apricot iToy mp3 player was
unfortunately incorrect at the time of placing your order. Despite our best efforts, with the
millions of items available on our website, pricing errors can occasionally occur. In our Pricing and Availability Policy on our website we state that where an item’s correct price is higher than our stated price, we will cancel the order and notify you of the cancellation. Please be advised that we will be cancelling your order for the 8GB Apricot iToy mp3 player.”

The following day, Richard purchased an 8GB Apricot iToy mp3 player for £189 from his local branch of Bransons, a nationwide electrical goods supplier. Richard then brought an action against Amazing.co.uk, claiming the £80 difference between the price offered by Amazing.co.uk and the price he had paid.

Pickles J found the following facts:

1. Amazing.co.uk had at no point deducted any sum of money from Richard’s credit card.

2. In January 2007, Amazing.co.uk had been running an advertising campaign promoting
their “Super Saver Sale.” This only applied, however, to CDs and DVDs.

3. In January 2007, the RRP of the 8GB Apricot iToy mp3 player was £189.

4. The final sentence in Amazing.co.uk’s terms and conditions on their website stated that
“No contract will subsist between you and Amazing.co.uk for the sale by it to you of any
product unless and until Amazing.co.uk accepts your order by email confirming that it
has dispatched your product.”

Pickles J found for the defendant, Amazing.co.uk on the following grounds:

1. No contract had existed as acceptance of Richard’s offer would only have taken place
when the product had been dispatched, as stated on Amazing.co.uk’s website.

2. Even if a contract had existed, the price shown was clearly wrong and therefore the
defence of unilateral mistake would have vitiated any agreement made.

Richard now appeals to the Court of Appeal on the following grounds:

1. A contract was formed at the moment when Richard received his automated
confirmatory email.

2. During Amazing.co.uk’s “Super Saver Sale”, it was not unreasonable for Richard to
assume that the advertised price of £109 was genuine, and that there was, in fact, an
intention to create legal relations.
Reply 1
Anyone??? This is the first time I have been stuck on a moot question.
Reply 2
heya did u manage to get this sorted? cos i need help too lol. am the respondent
Reply 3
fire off a message if you need some help, have mooted this Q already and am happy to look over skeletons.
:smile:
Reply 4
Original post by k0917618
fire off a message if you need some help, have mooted this Q already and am happy to look over skeletons.
:smile:


Hello, I'd greatly appreciate some help with this moot. Stuck on which authorities to use for my argument (I'm doing the second ground of appeal) - do I talk about invitation to treat and unilateral contract? And what authorities can I use to back me up? Been working on it for a few days and still can't get anywhere!

Thanks
Hey:smile:,
I am also doing the same question, arguing on behalf of the respondents. Can anybody help me?

Thanks,
Issie
Reply 6
Original post by silencespeaks
Hey:smile:,
I am also doing the same question, arguing on behalf of the respondents. Can anybody help me?

Thanks,
Issie



Hey,
I am struggling with this argument too, arguing on behalf of respondents (second grounds). Would be grateful for some help!!
Thanks
Reply 7
Hi!

Did you manage to get through it? I have the same moot problem next week, only I am arguing on the first ground for the respondents. I'm currently preparing my submissions, but there seems to be a lot that I could mention.

Any advice?

Thanks a lot,
Dayle
same here so stuck in this moot
Original post by majdie1
Hello, I'd greatly appreciate some help with this moot. Stuck on which authorities to use for my argument (I'm doing the second ground of appeal) - do I talk about invitation to treat and unilateral contract? And what authorities can I use to back me up? Been working on it for a few days and still can't get anywhere!

Thanks
hey can I get some help with this question if you don't mind ? my moot is in 3 days pleas get back to me
hi, not sure if your still on here but hoping so. I am doing this moot and really could do with some guidance. I am doing the 2nd ground for the respndant
Original post by anx1
heya did u manage to get this sorted? cos i need help too lol. am the respondent

hi, not sure if your still on here but hoping so. I am doing this moot and really could do with some guidance. I am doing the 2nd ground for the respndant
Original post by elsey35
Hey,
I am struggling with this argument too, arguing on behalf of respondents (second grounds). Would be grateful for some help!!
Thanks

hi, not sure if your still on here but hoping so. I am doing this moot and really could do with some guidance. I am doing the 2nd ground for the respndant
Original post by Saniasaman
hey can I get some help with this question if you don't mind ? my moot is in 3 days pleas get back to me

hi, not sure if your still on here but hoping so. I am doing this moot and really could do with some guidance. I am doing the 2nd ground for the respndant

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