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I see. There may be a similar law in the US, but it's hard to tell sometimes if it's an accident because some businesses do some BIZARRE sales. Office supply store Quill, for instance, had a sale last month in which a box of 5000 sheets of paper was 1 cent, for instance (though it was limit 1 per customer). Yesterday, the price of crude oil in Wyoming had gone negative, meaning people could get oil from oil companies in Wyoming, who would then also give them money.

For the record, that incident about the 299 bananas was due to an advertisement on TV in which Silo said they'd "give you a stereo for 299 bananas." At the time, "banana" was one of many slang terms for a dollar. Some people visited Silo with 299 bananas, which Silo couldn't turn down because they said they'd give someone a stereo if they gave Silo that many bananas. At that time, 299 bananas were about $60, so those people nabbed a stereo for one-fifth its intended price. (Silo donated the tens of thousands of bananas to zoos and animal sanctuaries.)

That being said, a business can simply pubicly announce that a particular price is invalid, and they no longer have to accept that price. If they do it right after the first customer tries it, the second customer can't.

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