ASA Adjudication on Barbour Sale
19 September 2012
Internet (on own site)
Number of complaints:
Claims on www.bar-sales.co.uk/www.barbour-sales.com, offering Barbour branded products, featured various clothing and luggage products with discounts of up to 58%. Individual product pages included additional information and the text "Manufactured by: Barbour".
One complainant challenged whether the claims were misleading, because they implied that the Barbour clothing featured was authentic. She believed that the advertiser was not selling genuine products and questioned whether the claims could be substantiated.
CAP Code (Edition 12)
Barbour Sale did not respond to the ASA's enquiries.
The ASA was concerned by Barbour Sale's lack of substantive response and apparent disregard for the Code, which was a breach of CAP Code clause 1.7 (Unreasonable delay). We reminded them of their responsibility to provide a substantive response to our enquiries and told them to do so in the future.
Because Barbour Sale did not provide any evidence to prove that the products they were selling were authentic items manufactured by Barbour, we concluded that the claims were misleading.
The claims breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 1.7 (Unreasonable delay), 3.1 (Misleading advertising) and 3.7 (Substantiation).
The claims must not appear again in their current form. We told Barbour Sale to ensure they did not claim or imply that their products were genuine branded products, unless they had evidence to prove that this was the case. We referred the matter to CAP's Compliance team.