By Jonathan Davies

A software company based in Northern Ireland has apologised after a software glitch led to hundreds of items being sold on Amazon for 1p.

The glitch meant that third-party companies trading on Amazon, which use the Repricer Express tool, sold items for 1p between 7pm and 8pm GMT on Friday.

Repricer Express is a tool which automatically updates prices on Amazon Marketplace "to keep listings competitive 24/7 without constant attention".

Amazon said it was able to cancel the majority of the orders. And Repricer Express chief executive Brendan Doherty said he was "deeply sorry for the disruption".

In a statement, Mr Doherty said an investigation would be launched into how it happened and would implement measures to prevent the problem happening again.

"We managed to get the problem resolved so that any new prices going to Amazon were correct within about an hour of the problem being reported," he said.

"It took a further few hours to get incorrect prices reverted to their original prices where possible. Amazon have assured us that seller accounts will not be penalised for this issue.

"We take a lot of pride in the levels of service we provide so everyone here is disappointed that our customers have experienced this issue."

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