Price mistake goes viral for Bountiful company

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BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) -- When a bath-products business got thousands of Internet orders on Wednesday, the owners didn't celebrate.

Bubble & Bee Organic of Bountiful panicked.

That's because a late-night programming error put a package of bath salts on sale for 50 cents -- not 50 percent off as intended.

Those 10-ounce salts, with scented oils and herbs, should have checked out for around $7, not 50 cents.

The mistake was widely publicized by a website where people post merchandise deals,

In the first 40 minutes Bubble & Bee got orders for 6,500 bath salts.

The co-owners scrambled to fix the price.

Stephanie Greenwood and Steve Thomas are still notifying disappointed shoppers it was all a mistake -- and offering a 20-percent discount on any product instead.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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