Amazon Mistakenly Listed Camera Bundles With 95% Discounts on Prime Day, Shipped Orders That Were Placed

Amazon Mistakenly Listed Camera Bundles With 95% Discounts on Prime Day, Shipped Orders That Were Placed

Good deals are expected on Amazon’s Prime Day, although an error allowed for many photographers to purchase gear worth thousands of dollars for as little as around $100. One customer reported buying a $13,000 lens for $94, a whopping 99.3% discount.

One eagle-eyed customer first noticed the $550 Sony a6000 and 16-50mm lens bundle on sale for just $94.50. News soon spread to bargain site Slickdeals, which saw an influx of users head straight to Amazon to take advantage of the incredible (and likely incorrect) offer. From there, everything snowballed.

One Slickdeals member posted, “I have bought like 10k worth of stuff that was like 900 dollars total,” while another said “I got a $13,000 lens for $94 […] LOL waiting for the cancellation, but that’s like 99.3% off.” According to Fuji Rumors, photographer Cody McGee got his hands on the $1,299 Fujifilm X100F for $94.48.

Amazon customer service confirmed that the orders would be shipped. Another member with the username Steeve ordered the $2,000 Canon EOS R for $94.48 and received confirmation it was on its way.

PetaPixel reports of speaking to some of those who managed to take advantage of the deals. One claims to have ordered two Sony a6000 kits for $94.48 each before later cashing in on a $2,000 Sony a6500 and 10-18mm bundle for $94.48. He wasn’t holding back, later also buying a $2,000 Sony a7 body for $94.48, and then a $5,500 Sony a9 and 24-70mm f/2.8 GM bundle for $94.48. The user started posting images of the gear arriving at his house. “I had another a9 in my cart, the Nikon Z6, and a Canon EOS R totaling $300, but they shut it down before I could finish checking out,” he said.

While later orders may be canceled and refunded, many users received their gear at the price advertised.

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Dan Seefeldt's picture

When will I be lucky enough to see these deals!? I would have been over the moon if I was able to grab the Z6! That's what I get for not even searching those items because I can't afford them currently. :(

I almost think you shouldn't post these kinds of things because it makes those who couldn't snipe the deals feel bad.

Christian Lainesse's picture

I bet Amazon makes up for the losses with all the people who are going to get a Prime membership hoping for this type of error in the future.

Dan Seefeldt's picture

I guess. I don't really feel bad about getting the deal too because Amazon paid the manufactures already. They should fulfill any orders made from their pricing errors. It isn't the same as a mislabel on a shelf or a misplaced box, their pricing team assigned the wrong dollar amount.

michaeljin's picture

I saw this after it was over. I hope people enjoy the gear that they got, although I imagine a good chunk probably bought stuff to re-sell it.

Richard Mills's picture

It's kind of scummy but it's what I would have done, get one for me and another one to sell

Trust me Mr. Bozo who makes 400+ million a day can afford these tiny losses and trust me its just free advertisement for Amazon. No one at Amazon cares, except the one idiot who will probably lose his or her job over the error.

Ryan Cooper's picture

It really depends on how many sold before they caught the error. A few of them? No big deal, cheap PR, but if there are thousands of orders that could turn into a quarter influencing loss very quickly.

The answer is very few, less than 50 orders total and even had it been slightly more than they can still take the hit. I'm not an liberal or against big business, quite the opposite really but I'm also not stupid. Amazon can take these small hits and laugh it off, the only one not laughing is the people who made the mistake. Amazon only honored the deals to avoid problems with their customers and the store's where the camera's were shipped from. Had Amazon pissed off either of those people it would have turned into a mess and would have been more of an issue as far as PR goes. So they made both happy and took the loss. Years ago PayPal messed up an put $3500 in my account, which I spent on new gear. I knew they might catch the mistake so I kept the gear nice and the boxes, in case I had to sell them to pay back the money. Long story short, they never said anything and never came after me, they probably realized their mistake I would imagine, but they honored their mistake and I still use PayPal till this day.

Ryan Cooper's picture

A similar error happened with Mac Minis years ago, it was last generation but they had them listed for $59. I bought 10. Unfortunately, I was just silently refunded a few hours later.

I'm sure this was intentional. A lot of people will be looking for "mistakes" like this next year.

Stas Aleksandersson's picture

Next time could you guys post something like this BEFORE it happens?

Stas Aleksandersson's picture

“A $2000 A7 Body”?

Maybe it's me, but I would be the guy that would, I guess, ruin it for everyone by actually knowing it was too good to be true and calling them. But after 45 minutes of looking for a phone number to call a person, give up and buy up? Yeah, I've tried calling them. Ugh.

bluerhino's picture

I was on there looking at prime deals before it ended and never even seen that stuff which is upsetting.

Just so everyone knows, this happens pretty much every year. Not always on the same stuff. So keep an eye out for next year. I wasn't aware of that until my wife informed me. (After the fact).

Gary WWU85's picture

Damn! I upgraded all my equipment in Q1 thus didn't bother to look at camera gear. :-(

I feel better about missing it 'cause I wouldn't take any of the gear listed, even if it were free. :-/

Yavor Kapitanov's picture

Lucky basderds :)

Jeff McCollough's picture

Darn I wan't an EOS R and a A6500.

C Fisher's picture

Lol well congrats to those who won the lottery! Friend of mine tried to order a price error welder a couple years ago but they never sent it hah.

Mark Johnson's picture

Marketing 100%... amusing though how many gullible people believe an organization like Amazon doesn't have safeguards in their fulfillment process to minimize the impact of a "mistake" like this.