Cracka Wines Debacle

Some good deals were had from the last two coupons/threads. The first here : and the second here : Both started by same member, each had its distinctive code, first code was 5 alpha/numeric and second was 8 letters.

The first was a case of guess the code and a lot did, it seems, me included, and I got a case of 12 from that using the $50 coupon. The second was a matter of registering with and 'buying' the free brochure and an email was sent with a Cracka Wines code worth $50. I got a case from that one too.

This morning I got a call from Cracka Wines saying both codes belong in the same CW's promotion and therefore the use of two, one from each of the threads, is against the T&C, specifically here I suppose : "Each voucher or credit may only be redeemed once per household/delivery address." I only used one voucher once, from each offer, two different vouchers/codes.

And further T&C here : "Cracka Wines conducts regular audits of voucher and credit usage and reserves the right to recover amounts owing from customers who redeem more than one voucher or credit per household/delivery address." This seems to me ridiculous, they seem to be saying they can give you vouchers/credit but if you use more than one per household - no other proviso - they can charge you the value of the voucher/credit. This doesn't make sense and probably isn't even legal, considering the unreasonableness of the actual wording - which I am keeping screenshots of BTW.

It is on this basis they want me to either refuse delivery of the second case I bought, or return it if it's left, as it may be. I believe they haven't a leg to stand on but I have tasted just two bottle out of the last case and I can say I don't want the second one at any price. They can have it back.

I think this is a case of sour grapes, pun intended, on Cracka's part and they have just scored an own goal. I was a supporter but now I wont be buying from or even mentioning them again.

Anyone else got any feedback from their Cracka experience? Your PayPal acc or CC overcharged? Asked for the wine back for any reason?

Would be interested to hear.



    I guess it says it in the terms and conditions only one voucher/coupon valid per household. I'd be surprised if they could get away with charging your credit card - but I guess if you agreed ot the t's and c's then they might be able to?

  • +2 votes

    t's & c's rarely relates to law, although you did agree to those terms before buying.

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    Is that common practise? Only one voucher to be used per household, in perpetuity? I don't think so. I know they have T&C's but I didn't sign anything and who reads them anyway.

    The fact is Cracka didn't have their act together and were overrun by OzB's and instead of taking it on the chin, stating their case, and turning it to their PR advantage they have chosen to stand by legally dubious T&C's and reclaim what they can for the money, pleading poor.

    Ok, no problem, I don't like the wine anyway and don't want it under the circumstances. They will get it back on the right terms.

    And no, I didn't agree to any T&C's. I just used one code from each of the threads/deals as I would any deal, two different deals they are saying is one deal, two vouchers they are saying is one, and if I did anything I shouldn't their site should be able to detect it as it happens. It's not rocket science. "Oho! You can't buy that because we just checked you bought this." Simple programming.

    In other words, I don't accept the onus but I have no problem giving the wine back or not accepting it when it arrives. You see, they have already sent it and according to them they shouldn't have.

    I have told them on what terms I will return the wine, at no cost to me and full PP refund.

    Just wondering if anyone else has heard from them, that's all.

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    I did the same as you Mark, used the code once for each thread. I spent about $70 each time as I opted for a more expensive wine. Both cases have been delivered and I received this email this morning (below). I replied, stating I was not aware the two different codes were the same thing. Let's see what happens. I do not think they can make me pay, but I will consider doing it out of good will. What do you think?

    One reason I may pay them is due to the nature of the first thread - it was clear that we were not supposed to find these codes, but through trial and error we managed to do so.

    "Calvin, May 01 13:20 (EST):

    During an internal review of our discount voucher usage we determined that you've purchased two cases of wine using two $50 vouchers from the same 'iSubscribe Mothers Day' voucher campaign. The Terms & Conditions attached to these (and all Cracka Wines) vouchers is that they are strictly one per person/delivery address.

    As a result you have been granted more Cracka Credit than you are entitled to under 1 voucher use Terms and Conditions. To rectify the situation I will submit a payment request via PayPal for the extra credit applied to your second purchase. If you could authorise this immediately it would be most appreciated. Alternatively, if you would like to return 1 of the cases of wine you may do so under the Terms and Conditions of our returns policy, which you can review here:

    As a small business,doing its best to take on the major retailers, we trust that you’ll understand that we can’t afford to provide each customer more than one voucher discount. In this regard we’d like to thank you foryour ongoing support and cooperation in this matter.

    If you have any further questions about this matter please let me know.

    Kind regards,


    • +3 votes

      The PayPal matter came up on another thread and I checked with PP to see if it's possible for an unauthorised transaction to take place and the info is a big "NO", someone would have to hijack the account for that to happen so whoever said Cracka did this is on something, a shill, or PayPal is wrong or misleading. It would be tantamount to theft anyway, to take money from an account without authority.

      On the question of good will? I think their case is hypocritical. Their T&C says "Each voucher or credit may only be redeemed once per household/delivery address." You, as I, did just that - redeemed each of two vouchers just the once per HH. I don't see a problem there.

      And when you look at two other facts, the T&C again : "Cracka Wines conducts regular audits of voucher and credit usage and reserves the right to recover amounts owing from customers who redeem more than one voucher or credit per household/delivery address." And two, they send out emails to buyers with another 10% discount offered = more credit. Either they are giving away the credit to be used or they are not. To assume the credit is not to be used as it may be clawed back puts them in a dubious legal position, I think.

      To give credit is to represent a position in relation to the receiver of that credit, that s/he may use it freely, one credit at a time - as I believe I and you have done. To state, as they do, they "reserve(s) the right to recover amounts owing from customers who redeem more than one voucher or credit per household/delivery address." is to represent the opposite position. You can't have it both ways and though I am not a lawyer I have some experience and I believe these T&C's are legally untenable. At least they are confused and as such the onus is on them to clarify, so far they haven't, they have just restated what I consider legally dubious claims.

      Whether you pay more is a matter for you. I would rather give them the case back as long as it doesn't cost me anything, and I have asked for that in writing, as I prefer not to do business with such complications as this. If they don't give me the guarantee returning the case won't cost me I won't be sending it, and I won't be paying more as a matter of principle, and we'll see what happens then.

      As far as the first thread/deal being a matter of trial and error to get a working code I don't see how that matters. It's still one code that was used, fairly as I see it. It might be different if we had made off with a truck load, but we didn't and they are only going after the ones who didn't hide nor, in my mind, do anything wrong.


      You could say that you will abide by their policy…

      They offer refunds if you are unhappy with the wine… however if you are happy with the wine, you could fall under this category…

      "No Other Refunds

      Other than in the circumstances outlined above in Refund Policy / Quality Guarantee and Breakages, no returns will be accepted and no refunds will be made in respect of purchases you make via the Cracka Wines Website."


    Got a reply stating it was the same promotion. Once they realised OzBargains were on to them they changed their codes to the longer format. Interesting.

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      I am not convinced of that. The first one ended and the second appeared, available in email from The fact the delivery was open to anyone who subscribed indicates to me a new promotion. And even if it wasn't, so what? They were still two different vouchers/codes - and the rest of my argument stands, their T&C are untenable as written and as they practise mailing out new vouchers/credit/codes - whatever it's called.

      I think they are just peeved OzB's got to it as well and we have from them sour grapes, at least mine are. :)

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    I think its fine to restrict the offer to one per household, thats well within their rights.

    Whether its "good practice" is neither here nor there.

    But for people who used more than one voucher they should have "held" the order rather than sending it out.

    And if the reports are too be believed that they put second unauthorised charges onto credit cards that is a big issue.

    A business can put whatever T&C they like on their pages, just becuase they do it does not waive your legal rights.

    How many times do you hear "no returns"/"no refunds" under any circumstances, thats not legal and saying it in T&C will not make it so


      That may be so. But it is not fine, or well within their rights, to restrict credit/vouchers to one per HH 'AND' give away more credit/vouchers to those same people, presumably to use so they would then have used more than one per HH.

      Or would it be ok then, having given more credit/vouchers and they are used, to charge the customer for the value of that credit/voucher? I think not.

  • +5 votes

    I never received my case of wine. It was delivered to the wrong address it would seem.

    After enquiring they sent me 'proof of delivery' which showed a signature that is nothing like mine. I asked them what we can do about it… Their response?

    "As a small business, I’m sure that you can appreciate that we are unable to redispatch orders that we have proof of delivery confirmations for."

    What a joke. I'm still following it up with them…. (they are very slow with emails and have no contact number) so will update this thread if they decide to do right by me… not holding my breath.

  • +4 votes

    i don't think they have a leg to stand on. once the transaction is completed i don't think they can legally charge you any extra. they could cancel and refund an existing order if it hasn't been delivered.

    "too bad" would be an apt reply.

  • +1 vote

    Yeah, I replied and stated had they contacted me prior to delivery then I would have cancelled the order, so therefore I don't agree paying the extra $50 is fair. Also, too much effort to return them. Their returns policy is poor when compared to WineMarket (I buy from them frequently) who pay for all postage and do full refunds.

    I made the point in my email which ever way you look at this, it's a poor customer experience. As this was my first time with them, I don't see that I will give them any business in the future.

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      RE The winemarket point I agree completely. I've only ordered once from Winemarket but it was quick and painless. The courier rang me the night before (On a Sunday no less) and told me he'd be there at 10am Monday. Arrived on time. Even offered to carry the box into my house for me.

      Compared to Cracka wines who initially charged me twice for my order and then try and claim they are not responsible for my wine not arriving.

      Also I've noticed in two of their responses in this thread they've pulled the "As a small company.." line. Frankly as a small company you should be trying to get happy, return customers.

      Screw them, I'm using WineMarket for all my future purchases.

    • +1 vote

      Oops, I replied in the other thread.

      You should not have to return them in this case.

      If they want, they can pay for someone to pick it up and they can arrange with you to pick it up at a time that is convenient to you.


        Agreed. They replied stating that they will cover the cost of pickup, didn't confirm if I can leave it unattended, will only refund for 11/12 bottles and didn't confirm if they would refund the original $5 delivery cost. Pretty poor reply. Hmmm…I actually do want to return them, so assuming they will refund the $5 I guess this is ok. I only loose about $8.50 for the bottle. They also said their "tasting experts" will see if the wine is spoiled, and if so refund the 12th bottle to. LOL


          It could easily be one bottle that was "spoiled" (most likely oxidised).

          It is probably just crap wine.

          I actually didn't mind the cheap sparkling I got from them. I paid $21 for a case. Have gone through about half or a little more because I always bring more grog than I drink to other people's houses.

  • +3 votes

    Seriously i put in 2 orders too. Both using codes from the first promotion. Got both my wine delivered. I have only received this email from them.

    | Hi XXXX. My name is Something. I am the founder and CEO of Cracka Wines - a website where you recently bought some wine. I just thought I'd send you a quick note to thank you for your support and to see how your experience went. We're obviously keen to ensure that our systems and procedures are constantly improved so your comments, suggestions, criticism or compliments would be most appreciated. I look forward to your reply and thank you for your time. Cheers, Something CEO - Cracka Wines.

    I am going to say Crackawines can't put extra charges on CC's without your permission. If they had do a chargeback. If they send you a paypal claim ignore it and don't send the stuff back. Like i've mentioned before in one of my comments that they approved the order, they accepted the payment, they packed the order and dispatched it. That should have given them plenty of time to check for same delivery addresses etc.


      did they (try) to charge you for the 2nd lot? … or were you lucky and they missed "catching" you. kinda funny if a) they didn't charge you and b) they're asking to see if your experience was ok. ha ha


        No i haven't been charged for the second order. And mine were paid for by same paypal and delivered to same address.


          Same as me Rack, I would say they will email you like me. Both my orders were paypal, same addy, both delivered.


          Well let them try. I'll give them a piece of my mind. They can't just come back and start demanding more money for their own mistakes. Issuing voucher with no minimum, being stupid to allow combination of vouchers etc. They failed themselves so why make me pay for it.

          Also both cartons of wine were left at the door so unless they can prove i actually received both carton i am not giving them anything back at all.

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    Good grief, no cracka code can be trusted again. How would we know if it was the "same promo" or whatever BS excuse they are using?

    Does anyone know if the first set of codes had an expiry and if so, does it match the second set (thinking it was 30/6)?


    I find myself very confused by the whole situation. As a consumer i find it poor form from a business on many levels. Firstly, they never specified one voucher EVER or at least could have stated $50 off your first purchase. To me they seem like separate offers/promotions, so if it were to relate to a once off $50, they needed to clearly state that. It's very confusing for the customer!!! Secondly, they had other offers running - such as signing up for $25 credit. Again to me that is a separate offer/promotion.
    There needs to be some clearly defined rules/stipulations and consistency, not making s**t up on the fly.

    From their perspective - i can understand they are trying to run a business. They can't subsidise every case of wine especially if each customer tries to use a $50 voucher more than once.

    And given the power of ozbargain, i would imagine they were inundated with thousands of orders. Orders which with the first deal were likely targeted at specific customers in their databases (who likely missed out on the offer because it was used by ozbargainers).

    I could imagine they would be operating at a huge loss from these two events. Think about it - at least 1000 people all ordering $5 cases of wine, especially when they delivery costs $5 in itself. They've already lost $5000 in this example. Now the real situation could have been 10,000 orders for all we know.

    I do feel that it was rather greedy to use more than one voucher. I am not talking about using more than one across the two offers (which in my mind are separate offers) but using more than one in each of the offers. i.e in the first offer, guessing 4 codes to get 4 x $50 off vouchers or subscribing multiple times to get the free brochure and subsequently code/s for $50 off vouchers.

    If it were my business i would have just simply cancelled your second order. No email re an option to pay, just cancelled the last transaction. It would cost them money in labour (staff calling to clarify/clear up confusion) and phone call costs. This adds to your costs as a business especially when people are trying to be dodgy and get "more".

    I don't run a business but i am simply just trying to see it in their eyes, and if i was in that situation as a small business owner.

  • +2 votes

    After my paypal was overcharged I tried to cancel it.

    Emailed them, tried to phone (voicemail full), phoned Monday morning, but too late apparently.
    I sent screenshots as evidence.The people I spoke to at Cracks were very reasonable.
    They asked me to refuse delivery, but courier has "authority to leave".
    So they offered a choice of returning it at their cost, or a $30 partial refund, which I accepted.

    FWIW, I got the Toro Loco from the auction page at the reserve price, post auction. So am still very happy about the final price.
    Just not real comfortable about Paypal charging more than authorised. (I knew that could happen with giving credit card details to the seller, obviously.)
    Will certainly visit their shop again.

  • +2 votes

    Imagine if Cellarmasters did this - allowed one voucher , ever.

    I am never buying from cracka again.

  • +1 vote

    My one case came with a handwritten label. My delievry instructions said authority to leave, but out of view of the street. It is almost hard to leave a parcel in view of the street, but the delivery driver did, making sure that the huge handwritten address label was facing the street.

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    Here's the bit I really don't understand.

    People are getting 2 orders delivered to the same address.
    I'm going to assume double orders were being put through on the same account.

    So … they knew your second order was on a second voucher.

    So, they've deliberately chosen to send out the second order, with the intention of asking for more money later.
    Don't they want customers?
    Did they think it would be supported by consumer law or did they assume people would not question the legality (or appropriateness) of this approach to business ?


    I only ordered one case using one voucher and was happy with what I got. But I'm going to be very wary of them in future unless they get this mess sorted out in a manner that restores my confidence :S

    • +1 vote

      exactly what i am trying to say.I didn't read their terms and conditions about 1 voucher / household prior to placing the orders. And i never agreed to any of their terms by clicking on "yes i agree " anywhere. I only read their TOC's after i had placed both orders. Just having your terms and conditions at the bottom of your website and saying you agree to these upon use of our site isn't enough.

      Both my orders i am sure arrived on the same consignment as well so there we go. They know they were sending 2 cases of wine to my address.


      Yes, baffling. I see you suggested in the other thread if the case is to go back one of the conditions should be they repay the funds first. Is that correct?

      Probably good advice, though I was willing to take their word I would be refunded in full as it was their mistake, not mine.

      Somehow I don't think we'll be hearing from Cracka again and should probably let it go and get on with the bargain business? :)

    • +1 vote

      I joined up to their site and it gave me $25 off my first order.

      When i ordered a case ($100) and went to use the $50 off voucher it had already taken the $25 off. There was no option to select it, it was already subtracted. There was still a box to enter a voucher number so i did.

      Paid my $25 via PP. Next day i get a message saying you cant use 2 discounts in the same purchase and asking me to pay an extra $25.

      The $25 off said $25 off your first order "no strings attached". Sounds like strings are "still attached"

      Anyway, going to cancel my order. They have a 6 pack of the wine listed now. After delivery and $50 off it cost a total of $2.50.

      6 Bottles for $2.50 or 12 for $50. Easy choice.


    I tried my code just then and it doesn't work. That prompted me to look around and see if anyone else was having trouble. By the sound of things on various places online, doesn't have a good reputation anyway so I don't want them getting any of my money, discount or not. Pity for them, it was a $250+ order.

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