Students bag thousands of free products after finding Amazon Prime discount code

Savvy students have beat the system and bagged themselves thousands of pounds worth of products from Amazon entirely free of charge.

The cheeky lot seem to have benefited from a "slip-up" by the online retail giant after finding a discount code which gave them thousands of free items.

The students, who study at Nottingham Trent University, left a bemused receptionist at one of their halls of residence drowning under almost 3,000 parcels when they arrived at the desk.

And one student ordered a whopping £2,100 worth of products.

The loophole was discovered by 19-year-old Ciaran Vaughan.

The savvy business management and marketing student told Nottinghamshire Live that he came across a discount code for Amazon Prime in the early hours of Friday, October 25.

He found that the code 'welcome5' applied a £5 discount to any product, allowing those with a student Prime membership to bag a tonne of products – so long as they were under a fiver each.

Ciaran said: "I was gassed and excited. In the early hours of the morning on the Friday I was trying to be productive and I went on Amazon to do some shopping.

"Then I came across the 'welcome5' code. I got pretty lucky with that.

"As soon as I realised it was working I took advantage and I told my housemates and they told others.

"I bought things under a fiver like house essentials because I'm a second year now living in a house.

"If you are getting stuff free you cannot complain. I was over the moon."

A 19-year-old construction management student, who asked to remain anonymous, said he ordered £2,100-worth of free items.

These included lip balm, hats, gloves, inflatable pillows and water bottles which he plans to donate to Nottingham's homeless community.

He also swiped deodorant, toothpaste and body spray, all of which he believes will last him for the length of his stay at the university.

"Big businesses are always going to have slip-ups," he said.

"It’s just down to those who take advantage of it when it happens. Luckily in this case it was students."

A receptionist, who also asked to remain anonymous, added: "We were super busy from Thursday to Saturday as we had to sort out nearly 3,000 parcels in Gill Street (halls of residence) alone."

Amazon was contacted for comment.

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