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Prime Day caused Amazon's website to crash in a few minutes

Prime Day caused Amazon's website to crash in a few minutes

Prime Day is Amazon's annual sales extravaganza.

Sales for the event are projected to shatter last year's total by 40% and become Amazon's new single day record, breaking its 2017 Cyber Monday haul.

Amazon Prime Day will officially start at midday today (16 July) on the Amazon website, lasting for 36 hours in total before the offers end at midnight on the 17th July. People took to social media to complain that they couldn't order items.

Meanwhile, Amazon workers, who have long gone on strike in the run-up to the holidays, have found a new occasion to get their employer's attention: Prime Day.

"Some customers are having difficulty shopping, and we're working to resolve this issue quickly", an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. However, the retailer countered criticisms of its downtime by insisting that, for some users, there are no problems.

In a statement, Amazon says that many people are shopping successfully, and that in the first hour of Prime Day in the USA, customers ordered more items compared to the first hour previous year.




Amazon Prime Day 2018 is finally here once more, and with it are a swath of excellent gaming deals that you'll definitely want to jump on. Just look for the flags, you'll work it out.

Amazon has said it has more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide.

MORE COUNTRIES: Amazon has been expanding its Prime membership around the world, and four new countries will be part of Prime Day this year: Australia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Singapore. A Black Friday-like day of deals for those with Amazon Prime memberships, Amazon Prime Day is among the busiest shopping says of the year for the e-commerce giant.

"It has been one of the best vehicles" for signing up members", said Goldberg.

We already use Amazon Prime Pantry to stock up on everything from toilet paper to vitamins at rock bottom prices, and today Amazon is offering an additional 30% off Amazon-brand coffee, household essentials, snacks, vitamins, and baby essentials.


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