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Here Are the Recent Price Mistakes You Missed

Retailers list prices inaccurately more often than you'd think, meaning you can score super cheap (and sometimes free) stuff.

On July 15, Target accidentally allowed multiple discount offers to stack together, offering customers the chance to get $50 worth of stuff for less than $30. Then, on Sunday, July 29, Amazon listed the white Echo Spot for $0.00. And just a few days later on July 31, Amazon posted a Panasonic camera for $37.50 (the typical list price is $399.99). We call these "price mistakes" in the Slickdeals community, and they are some of the best values you can take advantage of.

This isn't the first time that Amazon and other stores have messed up, and it definitely won't be the last. In fact, we typically see 10 to 15 good price mistakes every year. While companies sometimes rectify these errors immediately (the Echo Spot never shipped, for instance), an employee in our office actually did receive the Panasonic camera, netting them over $360 in value. So, they're always worth checking out.

You can usually find these accidental discounts on the Slickdeals forums first. But the big question is: will you find out about it before the retailer cancels the deal or it goes out of stock?

If these types of money-saving opportunities get your blood pumping, we've got some tips and tricks to help you stay connected with Slickdeals and increase the chances of receiving an actual product. These tried-and-true strategies will ensure you know about discounts or pricing errors before the masses. Plus, we'll show you how to take advantage of a price mistake even if they cancel the shipment!

Don't believe price mistakes happen that often? Check out the 10 Best Price Mistakes and Shopping Glitches of 2017.

Author's Note: Apologies if this article set off your Deal Alerts! But there are times when we just have to use the term "price mistake," like when we're talking about price mistakes.

Set Yourself Up for Success

Create a Deal Alert

Capitalizing on a price mistake — or any deal, for that matter — requires two things: 1) You know about the deal and 2) you get there fast.

Luckily, Slickdeals lets you accomplish both with a free service called Deal Alerts. When someone posts a deal that matches a keyword of your choice (for example, "price mistake"), the Slickdeals app immediately sends you an email or mobile push notification. Set keywords for your favorite products, stores, categories, or occasions, and never miss out on another great deal.

Want to learn more about creating Deal Alerts? Check out our instructional article here.

Use the Fastest Possible Shipping 

People make mistakes, and people need to catch them. So, to improve your chances of receiving a product, make sure it stays under the radar by choosing or paying for expedited shipping.

Amazon largely automates its one-day shipping method, so by the time someone recognizes a price mistake, hopefully your product is already on the truck and headed to you. It's a lot harder to cancel an order that has already shipped, and if same-day in-store pick up is available, that's even better.

While expedited shipping may seem expensive, it can help you get an expensive item for next-to-nothing. Remember, if they cancel your item, they cancel the shipping charge, which means you have nothing to lose but a few minutes of effort.

Look Beyond the Actual Price Mistake

Even if you know a company will cancel your price mistake, you should place the order anyway. Amazon and other stores will sometimes offer $5 gift cards as an apology for the inconvenience.

And here's another ingenious hack that you'd only learn about by reading the comments from the Slickdeals community. With the recent Echo Spot mistake, Slickdealer cjhasting created a significant discount on an in-stock black Echo Spot by using Amazon's standard "buy two Echo Spots and get $40 off" bundle offer. See, they knew there was a high chance Amazon would cancel the zero dollar white Echo Spot. So by adding the "free" Spots to their cart, cjhasting essentially applied a $40 off coupon for an Echo Spot that would most likely ship.

There's often a wealth of valuable information like this hiding in the comments section. Indeed, some of the best "price mistakes" are the ones you create for yourself, or find out from other Slickdealers. When Target offered those multiple discount offers, for instance, our forum users immediately recognized the opportunity for big savings.

Make Slickdeals Part of Your Daily Routine

Some of the best deals, including price mistakes, can appear and disappear in a matter of minutes, so make checking in with the Slickdeals community a regular habit.

Set Slickdeals.net to be your homepage, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and definitely set a Deal Alert or two.

Save More: 12 Best Features of Slickdeals You're Not Using.

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Have you set up a Deal Alert yet? What's the best price mistake that actually worked for you? Let us know in the comments below! 



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Liam Fitzpatrick is a Content Editor at Slickdeals in the Los Angeles office. He has written and edited for various digital publishers, including Ranker, Cracked, and Screen Rant. He's always got his eyes out for fresh deals, especially when it comes to entertainment and technology. If you ever want to talk about comic books, classic sci-fi, or Magic: The Gathering, he'll be ready and waiting.


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Less time needs to be spent on these articles and more time needs to be spent on fixing the broken state that SlickDeals is in.
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Amazon cancelled orders for the Echo Spot. So the price mistake was not honored.
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Marketing shenanigans if you ask me because the echo thing happened at the start of the marketing cycle for the school year.

The Target thing was their attempt at not losing out on the online e-commerce dollars.

If you recall, Amazon has changed their return policies, they want tax incentives for their next HQ spot in the U.S. etc.

Amazon got price elasticity info from that echo ploy in preparation for the holiday season. That's all it was. In having their channel become more value due to third-party sellers, they're wanting the sellers to compete on price and for Amazon to compete with info and commision (compared to ebay, walmart, etc).

Is it illegal? Yes but it's not a consistent practice, so not much of a legal response can be exerted.
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I will bet my firstborn that we will never see a price mistake as good as Target's from a couple weeks ago.
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Marketing shenanigans if you ask me because the echo thing happened at the start of the marketing cycle for the school year.

The Target thing was their attempt at not losing out on the online e-commerce dollars.

If you recall, Amazon has changed their return policies, they want tax incentives for their next HQ spot in the U.S. etc.

Amazon got price elasticity info from that echo ploy in preparation for the holiday season. That's all it was. In having their channel become more value due to third-party sellers, they're wanting the sellers to compete on price and for Amazon to compete with info and commision (compared to ebay, walmart, etc).

Is it illegal? Yes but it's not a consistent practice, so not much of a legal response can be exerted.
Target definitely did not mean to do what they did, It was like 65% off or something, they were losing money on every order, even their high margin products. The people who bought LG OLED tv's cost them hundreds of dollars per order, and for what? I havent bought anything extra since then or looked at their site.
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Although not illegal, slick deals promoting price mistakes is highly unethical, and I hope the companies that are getting screwed don't catch on to slick deals promoting these kind of things. Computer glitches and errors shouldn't be something slick deals promotes.
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