ASA Adjudication on The Jessop Group Ltd
The Jessop Group Ltd
98 Scudamore Road
24 October 2012
Internet (sales promotion)
Number of complaints:
The website www.jessops.com included the text "MEGA DEALS SAVE UP TO 50%", with a link that read "VIEW DEALS".
The complainant challenged whether the ad was misleading, because he clicked the link but found none of the products had 50% off.
CAP Code (Edition 12)
The Jessop Group Ltd (Jessops) said they had offered a Fuji AX550 for £49.95. They said that camera was reduced from £99.95, which was the price of the camera for several months previously. Jessops said the discount for that particular product was referred to on their website as a monetary saving of £50, instead of as 50%, and that might have caused confusion. They apologised for that and said they would typically market such a saving in order to highlight to consumers the extent of the discount available. They provided data from their sales system related to the current and previous price of the Fuji AX550 as well as to the other items that were included in the promotion. They believed they were a reliable and responsible retailer and said they had introduced additional checks and balances since the ASA had contacted them, to avoid similar situations from arising in future.
The ASA noted the evidence submitted by Jessops, which indicated that 12 items were included in the promotion and that one item had a 50% reduction. We noted, however, that another item appeared to have increased in price and that the discounts on the remaining products, one of which was based on a cash back offer rather than a direct saving, ranged between 7% and 31% off the immediately previous selling prices. We acknowledged that the advertised discount was "up to 50%" but considered that at least 10% of products should generally be available with the advertised saving, in this case 50%, where an "up to" claim was made. Because that was not the case, we concluded that the ad was misleading.
The ad breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 3.1 (Misleading advertising), 3.7 (Substantiation) and 3.17 and 3.22 (Prices).
The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Jessops to ensure that advertised "up to" savings did not in future exaggerate the benefits likely to be obtained by the consumer. We also told them to ensure they were in a position to substantiate such savings claims.