Monday 18 December 2017

Firm's very princely mistake

The Punt likes to take a punt from time to time, so our heart went out to an unfortunate Dorset firm that did just that by ordering 5,000 pink plates commemorating the arrival of a 'Royal Princess'.

The company, which has not been named, is said to have received an "inside tip" from a supposedly reputable source who insisted the baby was a girl.

So confidant was it with its top-level informant that the small family business ordered the plates, complete with a stock photograph of a girl, emblazoned with the words "To celebrate the birth of the Royal Princess".

On Monday, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they had a little boy, it found itself with a stack of worthless ceramics.

The stock was snapped up by Wholesale Clearance UK, which is now selling the plates in stacks of 50 for £149 (€172), or £2.98 each.

Sales manager Andy White said: "We made them a really cheeky offer and they accepted. It's just a bit of a novelty thing, a bit of a laugh. There are ways and means of getting rid of everything.

"We have already sold two of the 24 boxes. If we don't sell them all we'll just give them away as booby prizes."

The clearance firm has listed the plates in its 'novelty' section and describes the items as "a piece of (inaccurate) history".

Irish Independent

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