Chinese company gives away stoves after France’s World Cup win
French team sponsor Vatti promises millions of dollars of refunds, but it won’t be in cash
Chinese kitchen appliance maker Vatti -- an official sponsor of the French team -- promised to refund customers for a variety of items bought last month, if Les Bleus clinched the trophy.
Not everyone is eligible: For instance, if you bought a stove but opted for a free gift right away -- sorry, no free stove for you.
Those who made the right bet might be celebrating, but many are also wondering how Vatti is going to foot the bill.
Vatti’s refunds won’t be in cash, though. Customers will get store credits for use on Tmall, JD.com and other online retailers.
(Abacus is a unit of the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba -- which also owns Tmall.)
This might be a publicity stunt, but it looks like a pretty successful one. On Monday, three of the top 50 trending searches on Weibo were related to Vatti.
The Red Devils managed to score that decisive 16th goal in their 2-0 win over England in Saturday’s third-place match.