A Glitch On Amazon Let People Buy Anything For 1p - And Businesses Are Furious
REUTERS/Phil NobleSmall businesses in the UK have formed a support group to cope with the Amazon 1p price glitch that has plunged hundreds of businesses trading through Amazon into chaos.
City A.M reports that some fear they may go bankrupt after a technical fault on Amazon MarketPlace caused products to be incorrectly listed for a single penny.The error happened on December 12 between 7 p.m and 8 p.m and affected hundreds of items. It was caused by a problem with Northern Ireland-based RepricerExpress, an online tool for automated pricing.
A furniture seller called Mehboob Rasool told City A.M that smaller businesses who sell on Amazon have clubbed together to hire a lawyer to represent them. He explained he had been charged nearly £5,000 in fees from Amazon, after products worth thousands were bought with the massive reduction.Seller Judith Blackford, owner of kids' dress up company Kiddymania, said she lost £20,000 overnight and is calling for support. She tweeted: "#supportkiddymania through the amaZon 1p crisis......please".
RepricerExpress has apologised and responded to the situation on its website. It says it worked with Amazon to rectify the glitch.A statement from CEO Brendan Doherty reads: "We understand that you are angry and upset and we will endeavour to work to make good on this issue and to work to restore your confidence in our product and service." Amazon said it cancelled most of the orders placed when the 1p pricing was in effect, according to The Register. However, the e-commerce giant is looking into a "small number of orders" that were successfully put through at the time.
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