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Wal-Mart's online 'sale' is really not what it seems

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(AP) - Treadmills for $33? Computer monitors for $9? The deals are too good to be true — even at Wal-Mart. It turns out they really are too good to be true.

Wal-Mart Stores said a "technical error" caused certain products to be priced absurdly low or high on its website earlier Wednesday.

Ravi Jariwala, a spokesman for Wal-Mart's online operations, said there has not been a decision made about whether Wal-Mart will honor the rock-bottom prices that some items sold for in error.

"We're still working with those details, and we will follow up with those customers," he said.

The company said it's working to resolve the issue and that the site may have intermittent problems with availability until then.

"We apologize for any convenience to our customers," he added.

Earlier, shoppers took to Twitter to cite ridiculously low prices like treadmills for $33.16 and Hewlett Packard LCD monitors for $8.85. Jariwala declined to comment on whether it would honor bargains that customers scooped up and said it was still working through the details.

Heading into the crucial holiday shopping season, Wal-Mart has doubled the number of items it has on its website from last year to 5 million.

That's expected to help fuel a 30-percent growth in online sales to $10 billion for its current fiscal year, which ends in late January. That's still just a sliver of the $486 billion in total annual sales Wal-Mart did last year.

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