Target Glitch Puts Sony PS3 60GB Price At $39.99; Expect Lot of Cancellations
By on January 16th, 2011

Earlier this afternoon, I literally jumped out of my seat when our own Manan tweeted that Target was selling the PS3 at $39.99. On closer inspection it looked too good to be true, however, the $39.99 PlayStation 3 might actually be real.

PS3 60GB for $40

If you go to this page on Target, it puts the price of the “PlayStation 3 Computer Entertainment System with 60GB Hard Drive” at $39.99 as you can see from the screenshot above. I picked up the phone and called up Target to confirm whether this was true and the rep there did confirm to me that it is the actual PS3 system, however, she also told me that they were updating their system and the price was a glitch and that I should not order the unit.

PS3 $40 Target Order

Turns out that there is some problem at Target, because when you move to the checkout page, the product changes to “PlayStation 3 Move Advanced Shooter Grip (PlayStation 3)Console;”. However, checking the order status page lists the item as PS3 Console.

PS3 $40 Amazon Order

On the other hand, Amazon is also selling the PS3 console at $39.99 (they sell it through target itself), however, when you order it through Amazon, it shows that the purchase is for the actual PS3 console.

However, there are reports that this particular PS3 is not being manufactured now and the delivery itself may take a few weeks. It is also out of stock at Amazon and Target. That said, this deal was also posted on sites like Slick Deals, so there might have been tons of orders that might have been placed.

If you did place an order, don’t expect it to go through. Target might just cancel the order for everyone. So just keep your fingers crossed.

Update: We placed multiple orders through both Target and Amazon and none of them charged the credit cards. Until and unless your Credit Card is charged these sites have no liability to provide you with those units, glitch or otherwise. So don’t expect these PS3′s to be shipped, and like we said earlier, these units are not being manufactured anymore. Good Luck.

Update 2: I just hooked up with an Amazon representative and She said that it was a problem and they are looking into it. She also said that Amazon techs are confirming about this with Target and if Target confirms the $39.99 price, Amazon will honor it (don’t expect that to happen though, considering both Amazon’s and Target’s system were screwed up, see above for Target reps reply to me earlier). She did confirm to me that Amazon would be sending out an email within next 24 hours to all customers who ordered the PS3, so say goodbye for now to the $40 PS3.

Psssst.. If you are really adamant about it with Amazon, they might just ship it to you.

Update 3: Finally Target puts the item out of stock, but you can still expect cancellation emails.

Update 4: Amazon has officially cancelled the $40 PS3 order. Read more about the Amazon $40 PS3 Order  Cancellation.

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  • Christian Back

    Last night, it was discovered that Target mislabled an accessory for the Playstation 3 as the console itself, hence, creating a page with the appearance that one could purchase a $40 PS3 on their website. However, if one was to READ the entire page, the description was clearly for the accessory. Also, if you were to order the it on Target.com, your receipt would clearly list a “Sharpshooter Accessory.” Target has not cancelled any of these orders, but are sending out the accessories to those who mistakenly believed they were purchasing a PS3. If you ordered from Target.com, cancel now.

    Target also sells its products through Amazon.com, using a service called Amazon Marketplace. Target’s website provided data to Amazon that they were selling the PS3 gaming console for $40, so Amazon listed the console at that price, from that dealer. There are two telling clauses in the Amazon Marketplace contract that suggest those who purchased the device on Amazon may very well receive PS3s.

    “Do not misrepresent yourself.”
    and
    “Honor your commitment to buy or sell.”

    (From the plain English version: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_navbox_lnsell_pa?nodeId=1161272

    The legalese version is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_lnav_dyn?ie=UTF8&nodeId=1161302)

    Target has misrepresented themselves, be it intentional or unintentional, and Amazon may hold them to honor their agreements.

    The most damning clause (in legalese) states:
    “By entering into this Participation Agreement and posting a listing for fixed price sale, you agree to complete the transaction as described by this Participation Agreement. You acknowledge that by not fulfilling these obligations, your action or inaction may be legally actionable.”

    On the other hand, Amazon themselves could take action and cancel the orders themselves.

    “We may in our sole discretion withhold for investigation, refuse to process, restrict shipping destinations for, stop and/or cancel any of your transactions. You will stop and/or cancel orders of your products if we ask you to do so (provided that if you have transferred your products to the applicable carrier or shipper, you will use commercially reasonable efforts to stop and/or cancel delivery by such carrier or shipper). You will refund any customer (in accordance with this Participation Agreement) that has been charged for an order that we stop or cancel.”

    Bottom line: Amazon customers have a 50/50 chance.

    I purchased a system from both sites, then cancelled my Target order after doing this research.

    I have not received an email of cancellation from Amazon as of this writing.

    • http://www.crimstppr309@yahoo.com Terry

      Just got off the phone with Amazon(20 min)…they said will NOT honor the price glitch. BUT, after 20 min of soft drilling…I got a $30 promotional certificate for my next order. I still would rather have my $40 PS3…oh well.

      If it sounds too good to be true………

  • Lisa

    We got this same deal through Amazon and called them last night to confirm it was legit. We were told that they were honoring the price and will be sending an email out within 24-48 hours with an expected ship date. This price was going to be good until they got the link down. Additionally, we were told that they put the item as “out of stock” to deter people from ordering them.

  • Jim

    If you purchased one from Target.com it may have stated that it was a controller, but if you bought it from Amazon, it was listed as a console, with the proper weight and dimensions, screenshots, shipping prices, categories, and reviews. It even states Category: “Video Games > Playstation > Hardware > Consoles.” And the page that I actually went to showed a release date of December 2010. The review order form and invoice also state that it is a Playstation 3. I have screenshots of every page as well.

    Additionally, the listing was available for over 8 hours and was wildly talked about on twitter, facebook, blogs, and forums…even their own Amazon forums. On top of THAT, people were calling both Amazon and Target. If it was an error, it was brought to their attention, and it was not addressed in even a remotely timely manner. This was not a five minute error or something intricate that needed hours to be edited. On top of this, 24 hours later, there has been no communication from either vendor.

    I’m sorry, Amazon and/or Target should be honoring any purchases made.

  • Mister Mister

    What sucks is how long Target allowed this to go on while hundreds of consumers were calling to verify they’d gotten an awesome deal. I’m talking at least 7+ hours they let this item sit in an “Order and will ship in a few weeks” mode.

    While Target’s listing had a description field clearly describing an accessory of a Sony Move grip (2.4 lbs, etc.), Amazon’s was listed under their category of CONSOLE, 11 lbs., etc. Amazon’s listing allowed it to be ordered, with Target as the vendor, as it was listed as Temporarily out of Stock and would be in stock in a couple weeks, just like Target’s listing stated for shipment timeframe.

    All very odd that such a big corp. like Target let it sit and sit so long when it was brought to their attention many, many hours before they finally pulled it down. I went to bed after midnight and it was still up. That lead quite a few people to think something was legit.

    Am I wrong to think Amazon buyers are in a better position to get something? Anything?

    Look at Comment#2 on this site:
    http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/ps3-3999-amazon/

  • Mister Mister

    Oops. I just realized the comment I linked to is already here below. My bad, Christian. Your reply is one of the most interesting I’ve read through all this mess. Jim’s, too. What you two say makes perfect sense to me but such big corps may not care to do a thing about it.

    Did you know Zappos honored an error, a $1.6million error!

    Some companies actually come through!

  • Geoff

    I just got off of chat with amazon and they said that it was a glitch in the system and that all of the orders would be canceled. However, the chick did give me a $15 dollar credit towards my next purchase for the misunderstanding. So none the less, get on chat and ask them about it and you may get some free money out of it.

  • Unhappy consumer

    We’ve arranged a mass boycott of Target.

    • Unhappy consumer

      Amazon.com, as well.

  • Satisfied Customer

    My chat transcript, proof that Amazon will issue promotional credits if you contact them.

    You are now connected to Mahendar from Amazon.com.

    Me:A few days ago I came across a great deal on Amazon’s website, a PS3 for $40. It seemed too good to be true and apparently it was. I just recently got an email saying that the price was incorrect and I will not be receiving this item. I have been an Amazon customer for years and it was disappointing to have this item cancelled after I bought it. I am a little upset that no one took the time to look over the item before it was posted if the price was not going to be honored.

    Mahendar: Hello, my name is Mahendar. I’ll be happy to help you.

    Me:Hi

    Mahendar:I’m very sorry that this has been a disappointing experience for you. We regret the error that resulted in an incorrect price being displayed for the PlayStation 3. Unfortunately, in this case we were unable to honor the incorrect price, and your order was canceled.

    Me:Yes and I understand that a mistake was made in the listing of the item, but even though Target is a nationwide chain they are still a marketplace seller and are bound by the Participation Agreement which states that an order must be fulfilled once placed.
    From the Participation Agreement: “By entering into this Participation Agreement and posting a listing for fixed price sale, you agree to complete the transaction as described by this Participation Agreement. You acknowledge that by not fulfilling these obligations, your action or inaction may be legally actionable.”

    Mahendar:I understand that, [Redacted]. To compensate for the inconvenience, I’m applying $10 promotional credit in your account. I apologize once again

    Me:Ok thanks for your understanding.

    Mahendar:I’ve issued you a $10.00 promotional certificate, which you can use the next time you order an item shipped and sold by Amazon.com. You’ll see your available promotional balance at checkout–this amount will be applied to your next order automatically without entering a claim code. Your promotional balance doesn’t appear in Your Account but will always display when you place an order.
    Thanks, [Redacted] for the co-operation.

    Me:Thank you again. Good bye.

  • Vanessa

    I ordered the PS3 Bundle on Thursday, the day BEFORE Black Friday. They sent me 2 confirmations in the past 7 days saying my order should be delivered around Dec 5th – 7th. A week later, after all the comparable deals are gone, they cancelled my order because they “no longer have any bundles available”. I purchased it for $249 the day before Black Friday’s price of $199. What that tells me as a consumer is that if they ran out of bundles on Thursday, they never intended to sell ANY at the Black Friday price.

 
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