November 7th, 2013
10:49 AM ET

Glitch At Walmart Leads to $33 Treadmills

It seems healthcare.gov is not the only place there's been glitches recently.

For retailer Walmart, a "technical error" lead consumers to see extreme deals, like a $600 treadmill for $33 and a digital projector for $579 for $9.

Consumer spending  expert Hitha Prabhakar says the company was trying to roll out holiday deals on November 1 but a glitch happened on the site, and instead, almost a 90 percent discount was offered to the public.

Prabhakar says, "Instead of honoring those deals, they said essentially, 'our bad, we're gonna give you a $10 gift certificate, we're not gonna honor those deals.'"

 

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  1. Michael

    Every time an online store gets prices wrong, that wastes the public's time at best, and rips off millions of people at worst. How many people are going to head to the store and be turned away after spending time and gas to purchase an site-to-store-item at the price Walmart advertised it for? No. I, for one, think Walmart should honor each and every sale. Should read the law, and should stop trying to make excuses for incompetence.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  2. Michael

    States hold the store fully responsible for the prices that are advertised. Get malpractice insurance if you can't get your prices right.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  3. Mollyk

    I got notified by Trackif.com about these great deals immediately, and saved $600+ on a treadmill. They cancelled my offer, but nevertheless, if you didn’t hear about it you should use sites like trackif.com to monitor price changes on sites

    November 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply

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