Amazon's website crashes as soon as Prime Day sale begins, users report

Roman Schwartz
July 17, 2018

Many shoppers reacted with irritation on Twitter.

Amazon Prime Day 2018 begins in India from 12 pm on July 16.

The Amazon effect isn't all bad news for competitors. And while their deals on merchandise vary, the pitch is the same: No membership fee required. Just don't forget that in order to enjoy Prime Day, you have to be an Amazon Prime member.

Finding a deal on the Nintendo Switch is still pretty hard, unless you get lucky enough to shop on a day where there's an eBay flash sale offering 20% off.

Amazon has successfully invented a new shopping holiday, and it's set to capitalize on the rewards.

Also, for the first time, shoppers will get 10 percent off on "hundreds of items" at Whole Foods, which Amazon bought previous year.

That number should increase this year. Or Macy's, where prices on men's suits and sport coats are up to 75 per cent lower through Sunday. Sales are projected to be only six times a normal day, or around 2% of Amazon's annual retail revenue, he said.

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Trade contributes less to China's economic growth than it did a decade ago but still supports millions of jobs. Up to now Beijing has waited for the United States to "fire the first shot" in the escalating trade war .

Those digital wallets are expected to be fatter thanks to the new US tax code and fuel prices that have cooled from a three-year high in May.

Shares hit an all-time high of $1,827 Monday morning.

Amazon recorded $900 million in sales its first year, according to Coresight.

According to the website DownDetector.com, which tracks website outages, Amazon's website has not been working properly since 3:04 p.m. EDT. Four new countries will be part of Prime Day this year: Australia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Singapore.

Some movies and TV shows will also have massive savings for Prime members, at 50% off. Amazon is even giving away a free PC game each day until July 18.

"The best deals this year for Amazon Prime Day are going to be on all of the Amazon branded products", Corey Hale said.

Amazon is expected to do an eye-watering $3.5 billion in sales today (more than three times the $1.1 billion in sales it does on an average retail day), and this year Whole Foods will be in the mix too. For Walmart and Target, the challenge is holding onto them. Of course, whether or not other retailers benefit from Prime Day depends on how deep of discounts they offer to lure customers, and whether or not those consumers also buy full-priced items.

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