Today is Cyber Monday, seen by some as a brilliant day to buy discounted products online and others as a silly marketing ploy to take advantage of frantic shoppers post Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
Regardless of whether you hate it, love it, or just see it as a crazy phenomenon from the US, many retailers are offering hugely discounted products to keen shoppers looking to get a bargain before Christmas. One such retailer is popular gadget website Ebuyer, which launched a Cyber Monday sale today offering customers many items for only £1. Yes £1.
All kinds of products, from cameras and games through to laptops and PCs were offered for £1, which sounds a little crazy, but also pretty damn good for bargain hunters, right? Well no, because Ebuyer very naively assumed its website was up to the job of supporting all of the frantic £1 orders when in actual fact it crashed pretty quickly.
Chances are the outage isn’t down to anything malicious, it’s just a problem caused by the sheer number of people trying to access the crazily low deals. Come on Ebuyer, it’s not rocket science. You massively reduce expensive items to just 100 pennies and don’t think to rent out a crazy amount of server capacity to compensate for the insane stampede of traffic?! Shame on you.
Anyway, if you’re feeling angry about the crash go check out Ebuyer’s facebook page where disgruntled (but surprisingly humorous) shoppers are sharing their thoughts and are bound to cheer you up.