Cat Can't Scratch It
- May 9, 2000
Amazon UK suffered from a devastating glitch last night that listed prices incorrectly for over an hour. The glitch was with RepriceExpress software that keeps Amazon’s prices the lowest, that somehow experienced a meltdown and listed expensive products as low as a penny. The glitch was reported to Amazon by one of its main competitors.
“We got a call from a competitor to say ‘do you realize all your listings at a penny?’ By the end of the hour, we had 1,600 orders,” he said. “People were buying 10, 50, 100 copies of everything. It is £50,000, £60,000, £100,000 of stock; we can’t even work it out.”