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How you could have found a PS3 for $40

January 17, 2011

I read the results of a reader survey for the Appeal-Democrat last week and noticed a few people pointed out our need for more proofreaders because of typos, etc.

I can safely say the Appeal-Democrat hasn’t screwed up as badly as Target did Sunday.

On both its website and its store on, Target listed a PlayStation 3 for $39.99. That’s not a typo by me, but it may have been a typo by Target. The PlayStation 3 retails for $299 and $399

Alert readers on one of my favorite websites on the Internet, Reddit, seized on this opportunity and catalogued the carnage.

User BeerDrinkingRobot put the $40 PS3 in his cart, but when the order confirmation arrived, he saw it became a PlayStation 3 Move Advanced Shooter Grip.

Being the enterprising seeker of knowledge I am with $40 in my pocket, I placed an order for it on Amazon. Mine did not change to a shooter grip, but instead stayed as a PlayStation 3.

I contacted Amazon support and was informed they don’t know what they will do about the orders placed. Or in Amrita’s words:

“Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items in our catalog may be mispriced. If an item’s correct price is higher than our stated price, we will, at our discretion, either contact you for instructions before shipping or cancel your order and notify you of such cancellation. For PS3 game, we are still investigating the issue and if any change happens, we’ll let you know.”