A Walmart glitch allowed online shoppers to order numerous items at absurdly low prices. The retail giant blamed a “technical error” for the pricing mistakes. Company officials said the glitch is now resolved and the orders will be cancelled.
On Wednesday, the company’s website offered some incredibly deep discounts. Computer monitors were offered for $9, treadmills for $33, and a digital projector for just under $9. A majority of the incorrectly priced items were offered for $8.85.
Consumers flocked to the website to take advantage of the incredible bargains. The glitch was discussed through social media, bringing even more attention to the outrageous prices. Within hours, most of the items were sold out.
As reported by CNBC, the Walmart glitch was resolved by Wednesday evening. Unfortunately, hundreds of orders were already placed. Spokeswoman Ravi Jariwala said the orders are being cancelled:
“Given the wide discrepancy in pricing… their orders have been canceled… they’ll be refunded in full… we will send these customers a $10 e-gift card that can be used towards future purchases… We apologize again for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers.”
As reported by ABC News, Walmart officials are denying that their online shopping site was hacked. Jariwala said the issue was caused by “an internal technical error,” which incorrectly displayed prices on some items.
Although shoppers certainly knew the pricing was wrong, it did not stop them from ordering the items. The customers will receive a full refund, and a gift card for their troubles. While most of the shoppers realized their orders might be cancelled, the savings were too good to ignore. Many items priced at $8.85 regularly sell for $600 or more.
The Walmart glitch is resolved, but the website may be unreliable as it is checked for further errors. Shoppers who ordered incorrectly priced items will receive correspondence explaining the problem.
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