One said on Twitter: "Absolutely disgraceful".
Sports Direct "has no legal obligation to pay suppliers money owed before its buyout as their debts were part of the administration", adds the paper, but new owners "often agree to settle at least some of the debts in the interest of good relations".
House of Fraser will be refunding any orders made online that have yet to be delivered, and will be sending out emails to confirm this in the next few days. I would like to know if I am going to receive my order. Yes a week ago for my daughters birthday. "Get my money back ASAP". "Please refund or confirm a delivery date".
HoF has told suppliers they will not be paid for orders dispatched before 10 August.
The halt to the website comes as The Times reported that employees at a key warehouse supplying products to House of Fraser stores and online shoppers have downed tools in a wrangle over delivery payment terms with Sports Direct.
Visitors are greeted with the following message: "we're now working hard to make some improvements to the website". A message on the site read: "We're now working hard to make some improvements to the website".
These problems have been exacerbated by a decision by warehouse operator XPO Logistics to temporarily close access to two warehouses dedicated to House of Fraser deliveries as it plays hardball in negotiations.
Earlier this week, after Ashley said he planned to keep as many stores open "as possible", analyst Jonathan Pritchard at Peel Hunt said Sports Direct was refusing to engage with City analysts over the "fascinating" deal.