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Walmart Website Error Allowed Customers to Buy $600 Electronics for $8.85

Posted by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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Causing an online frenzy among shoppers, an apparent glitch on Walmart's website early this morning led to $8.85 listings for items, including computer monitors and projectors normally worth hundreds of dollars.

The country's largest retailer was selling a 24-inch high definition Viewsonic computer monitor, an InFocus IN2124 Projector digital projectors and other products, many for $8.85. The projector is listed for $578.89 on Walmart.com and $579.99 on Newegg.com.

As customers shared about the deals on social media sites like Instagram, wondering if the site was hacked, products sold out online in just hours.

A spokesman for Walmart said the company is still scanning the millions of items on its site to see if there are still any technical errors causing price discrepancies.

Walmart assured the media that the site was not hacked.

"We experienced a technical error that caused some items to show incorrect pricing," Walmart said in a statement. "We are working quickly to correct the error and during this time, there may be intermittent site availability. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers."

Ravi Jariwala, a spokesman for Walmart, said: "I want to make very clear this is not a hack. This is an internal technical error."

When asked if the company will honor items sold to customers at the mistakenly low prices, Jariwala said the company is "still working through those details."

Just two weeks ago, Walmart stores in Louisiana experienced another frenzied shopping day, but that time with live customers. An error in the food stamps EBT system caused account limits to temporarily disappear, leading customers to load up shopping carts with hundreds of dollars worth of items.

by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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JamieBue38
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM
Sucks for Walmart
SoInLove515
by Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM
I knew there has to be a glitch. My due date group was saying there was high chairs for $7.
Janet
by Ruby Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM
1 mom liked this

I should have been there this morning.  Lol

MistressMinerva
by Jennifer on Nov. 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I hardly ever shop online.

goddess99
by Michelle on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I always shop online, but never see sales like that =)

johnny4ever
by Mrs. Depp on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I tried a few times this morning to get on Walmart site and it said under maintenance

celestegood
by Gold Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 7:54 PM
I saw that online. I'm too honest to do that, but I also would be afraid that it was hacked and my info was in jeopardy.
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MichelleMc
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

This happened to one of the airlines too. I forget the price but flights were going for ubber cheap for like a half an hour. 

anjones09
by New Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM
They had power wheels for $29 too. All of them sold out.
iamcafemom83
by Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Hasn't this happened before with them? I swear they do this for buzz to get people talking. ...
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