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Luxury jewelry maker Cartier doesn’t give stuff away, but they pretty much did for one man in Mexico

Cartier, the luxury jewelry company, isn’t known for donating things, but in the case of one Mexican man, they did.

Rogelio Villarreal was browsing Cartier’s web pages in his spare time when he came across an offer that was too good to be true. “I’m in a cold sweat,” he wrote on his X (formerly known as Twitter) account.

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Cartier apparently made a mistake and listed the gold and diamond earrings for 237 pesos ($14) instead of the correct price of 237,000 pesos ($14,000). Villarreal ordered two sets.

Rogelio Villarreal was browsing Cartier’s web pages in his spare time when he came across an incredible offer. Cartier appears to have listed the gold and diamond earrings for 237 pesos ($14) instead of the correct price of 237,000 pesos ($14,000). (Fox News)

What followed was months of back-and-forth, during which he said Cartier offered a consolation prize in lieu of the jewelry, during which Mexican authorities supported his position that the company should honor its posted price. .

Villarreal finally got the earrings for that price last week and posted a video of herself unboxing the product online. However, he soon grew tired of the public attention and realized that all that glitters is not gold, and on Monday he said, “Okay, enough, tell me something else. I’m tired of these earrings,” she wrote.

Villarreal’s case has become an online lightning rod at a particularly polarized time in Mexico ahead of the June 2 presidential election.

Some observers criticized Villarreal for capitalizing on what they saw as an honest mistake by the fine jewelry company. Some argued that she should return the earrings or pay taxes. Some called him a thief.

Dr. Villarreal, a medical resident, said he had to fight for months to get the company to actually deliver, and claimed the company offered to send him a bottle of champagne in return.

The company did not respond to requests for comment.

“I have the worst luck in the world and have never made any money. Everything I have now is because I bought it,” Villarreal wrote on his social media account. But now you can buy two sets of $14,000 earrings for just about $28.

He says he gave one of them to his mother.

Villarreal wrote, “I feel great and I’ve never been an underdog in my life.”

Jesus Montaño, a spokesman for Mexico’s consumer protection agency known as Profeco, confirmed Villarreal’s account of its struggles.

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“He filed the complaint in December,” Montaño said. “An arbitration hearing is scheduled for May 3, but consumers have already received their purchases.”

Asked about the ethics of all this, Montaño said companies “must respect published prices.” He said if there was a mistake, “it’s not the consumer’s fault.”

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