Walmart blames low price errors on glitch; many thought Black Friday had arrived early

Walmart on Wednesday morning was offering a sale of a lifetime on its website, Walmart.com.

Only problem:  it appears it was not a real sale.

Shoppers across the country reported finding incredible deals when they browsed the site. Many people thought it was an early Black Friday sale, but when they tried to purchase the item the site locked up and would not allow them to buy it.

Wal-Mart  said that a technical error caused a number of products from computer monitors to treadmills to be priced absurdly low or high on its website.

The company, based in Bentonville, Ark., says it was working to resolve the issue and that the site may have intermittent problems with availability until then.

Unbelievable Prices

Among the deals that we found, and that others are reporting:

  • Fisher Price Battery Powered Ride-On John Deere Tractors:  $29 (Normally $239)
  • Flat screen computer monitors: $8.85 (Normally $185)
  • Microsoft XBox 360 Console: $18 (Normally $299)
  • Thomas and Friends toy train table: $7.74 (Normally $199)

Twitter and blogs were afire with news of the incredible prices and the difficulty getting them.

But will they honor it?

While United Airlines recently honored some $10 tickets offered by mistake on its site, a retailer does not have to honor an error, especially if it is the result of hacking.

We are awaiting word from Walmart. In the meantime, if you find some of these amazing prices, be aware the website and the physical stores are not honoring them.

As always, don't waste your money.

_______________________________________

Don't Waste Your Money is a registered trademark of the EW Scripps Co.

"Like " John Matarese on Facebook

Follow John on Twitter (@DWYM)

Print this article Back to Top

Comments