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Students Get Thousands Of Pounds' Worth Of Amazon Products After Discovering Reusable Discount Code

Students Get Thousands Of Pounds' Worth Of Amazon Products After Discovering Reusable Discount Code

A glitch with a student discount code on Amazon Prime has potentially cost the company hundreds of thousands after one lad realised that the single use code could actually be reused.

The code was supposed to give new customers a fiver off their first purchase, but students quickly got on to the fact that it could be reused multiple times.

Of course, word spread, and before you know it, students across the country had started stock piling items like toothpaste, toilet roll and cheap beer.

As reported by The Sun, one student got £2,500 worth of stuff for nothing.

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One of the lads who first clocked the glitch told the news outlet: "The Welcome5 code was designed as a one-time introductory offer, but the brother of a flatmate got in touch to say he'd entered it a second time and it worked again.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Obviously we were quick to try it ourselves and couldn't believe that no matter how many times we put it in it always worked.

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"It was only available on a single purchase so you could get a fiver off anything, which didn't mean much if you wanted expensive stuff - but we're students, we just want anything we can get.

"We started looking for useful stuff that was a fiver or under and discovered there was loads that we could get that would be really handy - and also some pretty rubbish things we got just for the hell of it.

"We'll never need to buy toiletries, cheap novels, highlighter pens, folders or batteries again during our whole university career and well beyond.

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"It became an addictive game which we called: 'What can you possibly buy for under a fiver' and we were pretty inventive.

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"We found some packs of six bottles of beer for £6.99, which meant we were getting them for £2 a pack, which was a big moment.

"We were up until 3am ordering and ordering because we figured that at some stage any minute Amazon would twig what was happening and pull the plug - but they didn't.

"The following day the porter in our halls of residence looked completely shell-shocked when parcels started to arrive in massive numbers and never stopped arriving all day.

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"When we got to lectures on the Wednesday morning we discovered the offer still worked so we carried on ordering stuff off our phones all day.

"And then it started to blow up on social media, people saying they'd bought 15 uni books for nothing and some were even saying a personal thanks to Jeff Bezos for messing up so bad.

"It must have cost Amazon hundreds of thousands of pounds and it was only discovered on Thursday evening, but by that time everyone had gone crazy."

The glitch was only noticed on Thursday - after students had first noticed it on 15 October.

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I'm sure Jeff can afford it.

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Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]