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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, but rather a technical glitch.

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.

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 bloggers were afire with news of the incredible prices, and the difficulty getting them.

The number of items re-priced, and the fact that all the prices were so low, appeared to indicate hacking to bloggers who were posting about the deals.

But Walmart says the prices were caused by an internal computer glitch, and the site was not hacked.  The company said no credit card information is at risk.

Will Not Honor Incorrect Prices, Offers Gift Card

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.

A Walmart spokesperson told 9 On Your Side the technical error was resolved and Walmart.com was back open.
 
Given the wide discrepancy in pricing, we are notifying customers who ordered these items that their orders have been canceled and that they’ll be refunded in full," said spokesperson Bao Nguyen. "In addition, we will send these customers a $10 e-gift card that can be used towards future purchases at Walmart stores and Walmart.com."
 
Nguyen said Walmart apologizes for any inconvenience the glitch caused its customers. 

As always, don't waste your money.

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