Single's Day buy turns out too good to be true

A man from Haikou snapped up a new, imported Nissan car originally priced at 645,000 yuan (US$97,841) for only 11,111 yuan during the Single's Day shopping spree, but...

A man from Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, found out the hard way on Single's Day that if something's too good to be true, it probably is.

The man surnamed Qiu from Haikou, capital of south China’s Hainan Province, snapped up a brand-new imported Nissan car originally priced at 645,000 yuan (US$97,841) for only 11,111 yuan on shopping website Tmall during the Single’s Day shopping spree on November 11.

Qiu was so excited that he couldn't even sleep after receiving a message confirming his successful order. However, the super bargain soon fell apart.

When he asked customer service staff the next morning about how to pick up the car, they refused to admit Qiu had completed the full payment and insisted that what he had paid was only down payment.

Qiu said the website didn’t mention anything about a down payment but it had already been changed by the time he checked later.

Staff from the car company said the car was sold at a discounted price of 600,000 yuan with 11,111 yuan as its down payment for the November 11 online shopping bonanza. They said Qiu would receive a full refund if he didn’t pay off the remaining funds within 30 days.

Tmall authorities promised to investigate the incident after receiving Qiu’s complaint and said they would deduct the vendor’s credit points for running a misleading promotion if that turns out to be the case.

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