Website Glitch Gives Wal-Mart Shoppers Unexpected Bargains

Computer error that offered some items at a fraction of their actual prices now being repaired

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A customer, seen through a store window, sits at a laptop computer at a store at the Topanga Plaza in Canoga Park, California, Nov. 8, 2011.

Some lucky Wal-Mart shoppers got a bigger bargain than they expected on Wednesday, when they were able to buy items on the store’s website for a fraction of their actual prices.

A technical glitch on priced treadmills that normally go for hundreds of dollars at about $33, and LCD computer monitors for as little as $9, reports Reuters.

The company wouldn’t say how many orders were placed with the low prices or whether Wal-Mart would honor those orders. A spokesman said that most of the products affected by the glitch were electronics, and that the website was being repaired.