Gap shoppers order hundreds of pounds worth of clothes for free due to website glitch

GAP shoppers claim they were able to order hundreds of pounds worth of clothes for free due to a website glitch.

Instead of paying full price on items, an error on the Gap website saw customers only charged a £4 delivery fee.

Hotukdeals users shared screengrabs of their orders which showed only delivery had been charged

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Hotukdeals users shared screengrabs of their orders which showed only delivery had been charged

The glitch was reported on deals website Hotukdeals with customers sharing screengrabs of their orders.

One customer said they placed an order for £60 while only paying postage, while another shopper said they ordered £85 worth of clothes.

Separately, one person said the glitch worked on orders up to £200, although another customer said they ordered £214 worth of goods.

But some shoppers were quick to shame other people for taking advantage of the deal when the retail industry is struggling.

One shopper said they were able to place an order for £84.90 - but it's unclear if Gap processed it

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One shopper said they were able to place an order for £84.90 – but it’s unclear if Gap processed it
Gap hasn't commented on the website glitch

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Gap hasn’t commented on the website glitchCredit: Alamy

The high street has been under threat from mass job cuts and store closures after non-essential businesses were ordered to close for three months to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Dire figures published in August 2020 showed 43,000 retail jobs had been axed since the start of lockdown with more roles feared to go when the furlough scheme ends this month.

In June 2020, Gap said it’s lost almost £1billion since the start of lockdown.

The company reported a loss of £740million in the three months to May, compared with a profit of £203million in the same period last year.

One person said: “Does anyone understand what is happening in the world companies going under people not having jobs? I am sorry but this is not the time to take

Pandemic Pushes Millions Of Shoppers Online In Latin America

Latin America’s e-commerce industry is booming as millions of shoppers across the region venture online during the pandemic, many for the first time, forcing traditional businesses to adapt to survive.

The sector has been one of the big winners of the coronavirus outbreak as fears of infection and lockdown measures keep people at home.

“Covid-19 has been an accelerator of trends, and in electronic commerce it has been very powerful,” said Oscar Silva, an expert in global strategies with the consultancy firm KPMG in Mexico.

“More than 10 million Latin Americans who had never bought online now do so regularly,” he told AFP.

The dominant regional force is not Amazon or eBay but Mercado Libre, which has a similar business model and is present in 18 countries.

Despite the economic turmoil unleashed by the pandemic, the Argentinian company doubled its sales in the second quarter of this year thanks to a 45 percent rise in the number of customers to 51.1 million.

Its market capitalization reached $55 billion, challenging Brazilian mining giant Vale for the title of Latin America’s most valuable company.

The tectonic shift in consumer habits is likely to endure, said Silva.

“People were afraid of fraud or that the product wouldn’t be what they expected. It’s very likely that a large percentage of these customers will stay after realizing how easy and efficient online commerce is,” he said.

David Geisen, head of Mercado Libre’s Mexican arm, said that “loyal users now buy in 12 days what they bought before in 17, frequent users in 24 days what they bought in 79, and sporadic users in 29 days what they bought in almost a year.”

At the start of the pandemic, top sellers included face masks, antibacterial gel, thermometers and oximeters, but demand gradually spread to other goods