We purchased a set of expensive garden table and chairs in early summer last year. In early december we noticed that the "ceramic" finish on several items was beginning to crack. By the end of December, large areas of the finish were becoming detached from the surface. When we spoke to the suppliers they said that the items were not garden furnishings, and should not be left outside for long periods! Their web site lists the items under "garden furniture" and suggests how good they will look on patios balconies and lawns... The suppliers also now state that the care instructions should be followed. As there were no instructions packed with our delivery, this would be difficult. In any event, surely an item described and sold as garden furniture should be able to withstand being outside!
We are strongly under the impression that it is not reasonable for garden furnishings to fail in this manner after less than 1 year. My questions are:
Are they "fit for purpose" or not?
Can a trader rely on retrospective care advice, and if so, do we have to prove that no such advice was given at time of purchase?